The United State doubts the veracity of the reported death of the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
“The Nigerians have announced several times that the head of Boko Haram was dead and every single time we find out that it is not true,” a senior State Department official told reporters.
“What I read recently is that Shekau’s lookalike or some Shekau impostor was killed and then I read later that maybe Shekau himself was killed. I don’t put a lot of weight on those stories until we see more evidence,” the official added, asking not to be identified.
The State Department official highlighted that Boko Haram was still carrying out attacks and thus someone is still in charge.
The United States remains committed to trying to find some 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant group in April, but the official acknowledged it was “a huge challenge.”
“Many of them were taken into the forest and given the time that is passed it is possible that many of them have been taken to other locations,” the official said