The Nigerian Army says its troops have killed one Sale Ahmad Sale a. k. a. Baban Hassan the leader of Al-Barnawi Media group, a faction of Boko Haram which has affiliation with the Islamic State.

A statement by the Army said Sale of Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) was killed in a joint operation conducted by the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force.

"The killing of the media leader is indicative of efforts by the NA to eliminate key members of the sect.

"It is worthy to note that the sect is directly affiliated to the Islamic State and has carried out several attacks against own troops and innocent civilians in the past.

"Therefore, the death of the group’s media leader shows that the leadership is being targeted successfully and soon other key members would be apprehended or neutralised, thus decimating the group and its activities," the Nigerian Army said.

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It said it had also identified the new leader of JAMA'ATU NUS'RATUL-ISLAMI WAL-MUSLIMINA, Abul-Fadl Iyad Gali, has also been identified.

"The group is a new terrorist group which Ansaru is affiliated to.

In the same vein, the identification of the leader of JAMA'ATU NUS'RATUL-ISLAMI WAL-MUSLIMINA group would enable the NA target the group effectively using advanced technologies in its arsenal.

"This is as the existence of group portends grave danger to Nigeria’s national security," the statement posted on the Facebook page of the Nigerian Army read. 

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