'Boko Haram chief' appears in video after death claims
KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram appeared in a video on Wednesday taunting world leaders after the military said he may have been killed.
A security task force in Nigeria said last month that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau "may have died" from a gunshot wound after a clash with soldiers on June 30.
In a video seen by AFP on Wednesday, a man resembling past images of Shekau declares himself to be the extremist leader on whom the United States has placed a US$7 million (S$8.8 million) bounty.
"Here is Shekau, Shekau, Shekau, Shekau, original ... I want the whole world to know that I'm alive by the grace of Allah," he says. In the video he taunts world leaders, saying they will be disappointed that he is still alive.