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Brutal rule of a charismatic thug.

ABUBAKAR Shekau is violent and charismatic and has led Boko Haram for five years.

He was born in north-east Nigeria and is believed to be between 35 and 44 years old.

Reports claim he fled a psychiatric hospital in the late 1990s and a [euro]5million price on his head means he rarely stays put for more than two days.

His swaggering, unhinged style on videos has drawn thousands of fighters and has earned him a reputation as part spiritual leader, part gangster.

Shekau took over a campaign for an Islamist state in north Nigeria when Mohammed Yusuf died in a security crackdown. He cranked up the attacks and expanded them to hit security forces, Christians and schools.

A former member said Shekau killed some fighters in front of their families after they objected to the level of violence used.


UNHINGED Shekau in the video yesterday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 13, 2014
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