Fears death of Boko Haram leader could spark ISIS uprising and lead to bloodshed

The death of the bloody warlord who led Boko Haram could spark a deadly ISIS uprising, experts say.

Abubakar Shekau, once deemed “too radical” by evil terror group Islamic State (ISIS), blew himself up after being hunted by rival group Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap).

Iswap say they had orders to kill Shekau from ISIS leaders in the Middle East, who were worried about his random killing of innocent Muslims.

His death could trigger a power struggle and leave a vacuum for more bloodshed, The Sun reports.

"There was never a plan for the dictator of the group meeting his demise. It appears there will now be a chaotic period,” Jacob Zenn, editor of the Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor, told the BBC.

"There's division among Shekau's followers about whether to join Iswap now or fight Iswap.”

A resulting battle would wreak more pain on the millions of civilians cruelly caught between the extremist groups’ fighting.

If Iswap tempts Boko Haram fighters to join them, ISIS could see its grip on Africa expanded even more.

Groups linked to the Islamic State have murdered hundreds in horrific atrocities throughout Mozambique earlier this year.

Around 160 people died in a massacre in Burkina Faso on Saturday.

Boko Haram and ISIS were once allies, but under Shekau’s notorious reign the organisations split following Boko Haram’s evil tactics of kidnapping hundred of schoolgirls and even using babies as suicide bombers.

Iswap’s leader, Abu Musab al- Barnawi, who takes his orders from ISIS commanders, said in footage obtained by Reuters: “This was someone who committed unimaginable terrorism and atrocities.

“For how long has he been leading people astray? How many times has he destroyed and abused people?

"When it was time, Allah set out brave soldiers after receiving orders from the leader of the believers.”

Recently, Iswap has become the most powerful terror group in Nigeria, analysts say.

Their dominance is made all the more clear by the ease they hunted down Shekau, who was one of the world's most wanted men and had a £5 million bounty on his head.

Boko Haram has not yet officially commented on the death of its leader while the Nigerian army said it was investigating the claim.

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