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Vol 53 No 3

Published 3rd February 2012


Nigeria

The shape of the deadly sect

Boko Haram has a supreme leader and a consultative body, the Shura. The leader, Abubakar Shekau, was second-in-command until Mohammed Yusuf was killed in police custody in July 2009. It is not clear how much control Shekau can maintain. Even if he were open to dialogue, breakaway members might object and the group’s criminal elements may also not favour negotiation.

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