Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group has released a new video of an unidentified young man who claims to be speaking in the name of the Islamic State in West Africa telling people to be patient as well as stating, “we are still present everywhere we had been before,” The BBC reported.
The eight-minute video also shows the group attacking a security checkpoint, taking weapons, and slitting the throat of a man in a police uniform.
The video has renewed speculation about the whereabouts of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau as this is the second video, the previous one released in June, that he has not appeared in. BBC Nigeria analyst Naziru Mikailu said that people will once again start to question if Shekau is either deep in hiding or perhaps has been wounded and maybe even killed.
The BBC depicted the video as gruesome but also sleek in terms of production, suggesting that IS-allied propaganda units may have had a hand in helping with the creation of the video.