30 May '14, 9pm

Boko Haram kills local Muslim leader in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants shot and killed a local Islamic leader in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria today. Alhaji Idrissa Timta, the emir of Gwoza, was shot in his car while traveling in a convoy to the funeral of the emir of Gombe, who passed away recently in London. Two policemen were also killed in the attack. The emirs of Uba and Askira were also in the convoy and reportedly escaped the ambush. Their flight from the scene initially created some confusion, leading some to speculate that they had been kidnapped. However, they have since been located . This is not the first time that traditional Muslim leaders have been targeted by Boko Haram. However, it is a relatively rare action taken by the group. Boko Haram perceives the traditional leaders as tied to the secular government they oppose, "accusing them of selling out." In January 2013, Emir Al Haji Ado Bayer...

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