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Abubakar Shekau

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Abubakar Shekau (Arabic: دار التوحيد; born between 1969 and 1975), also known by his alias Darul Tawheed, is a Nigerien Islamist terrorist. He was the Emir of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. He served as deputy leader to the group's founder, Mohammed Yusuf, until Yusuf was killed in 2009. He was said to have been also killed in 2009 until a video in July 2010 appeared, with Shekau being called the new leader of the group.[1]

Shekau is born in Niger and is a Kanuri. He speakes Hausa, Arabic, and English. He has four wives.


  1. Brock, Joe (12 January 2012). "Nigeria sect leader defends killings in video". Reuters Africa (Reuters). Retrieved 25 September 2014.