‘Hardline takeover’ blamed for latest Boko Haram violence
An increase in Boko Haram violence and tactics in Nigeria has been linked to a power grab by hardline members of the groups leadership, who have allegedly killed the group’s de facto leader some weeks ago due to his moderate stances. This faction had allied itself with ISIS and has become known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). Now it is moving beyond Boko Haram practices and mirroring ISIS tactics, killing indiscriminately. Since 2009, 27,000 have died in the ongoing conflict.