June 17th, 2019
Attacks by the rival groups play into efforts to assert greater influence, according to Yan St-Pierre, a counter-terrorism consultant for MOSECON.
He blamed Sunday’s suicide attack on the original faction, saying it was to “send a message, to say that they are still very present” despite dwindling resources. Countering ISWAP’s strong effective media production and propaganda – with ISWAP distinguishing itself as avoiding civilian deaths – was an emerging focus for the rival faction, he said. “In recent weeks it has been noticed that the Shekau Boko Haram faction has tried to redo its image,” St-Pierre added.
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