A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has appeared in a video, just a week after the Nigerian military reported that he had been killed.
The video that emerged yesterday shows a man purporting to be Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, surrounded by other Boko Haram soldiers mocking the Nigerian government and military.
In the video he says: “Here I am alive, you talk so much about your killing of me but that is not the point, we are still in our Islamic caliphate, reigning, we are doing the teachings of the Qu’ran.”
The video also shows the man claiming to be Shekau, standing on the back of a truck while shooting an anti-aircraft weapon into the air.
While the date or authenticity of the video is yet to be confirmed, it will be another embarrassment to the Nigerian government who last week claimed that the man posing as Shekau had been killed.
Video: Watch Boko Haram leader mock Nigerian government
That announcement came after they reported last August that the real Abubakar Shekau had been killed by Nigerian forces.
The Nigerian government and military continue to struggle to control Boko Haram, with attacks, killings and kidnappings becoming commonplace in the north of the country as the militant group work towards achieving their goal of creating their own Islamic caliphate.
The group whose name translates directly as “Western education is forbidden”, caused international outrage in April when they kidnapped 276 girls from a school in the northern town of Chibok.
In pictures: Nigeria kidnapped schoolgirls
In pictures: Nigeria kidnapped schoolgirls
A total of 276 girls were abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing
One of the kidnapped girls looks into a camera
One of the missing girls talking to the camera
The missing Nigerian schoolgirls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram alleging they had converted them to Islam
Girls wearing the full-length hijab holding a flag reading "There is no god, but Allah" and "Mohammed is Allah's prophet"
A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau
Abubakar Shekau speaks on the video
Girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying are filmed by an unidentified man (R) in an undisclosed rural location
People carry signs as they attend a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok in Lagos
A protester demonstrates against the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, outside the Nigerian Embassy in London
Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and Prime Minister David Cameron appearing on the BBC1 current affairs programme
People participate in a "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil in Los Angeles
Girls holding heart shaped banners in a "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil in Los Angeles
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South Africans protest in solidarity against the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram and what protesters said was the failure of the Nigerian government and international community to rescue them, during a march to the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg
Karilyn Coates (10) joins others in a candlelight vigil for the more than 300 girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Colorado Springs
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials. Nigeria's president said that Boko Haram's mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls would mark a turning point in the battle against the Islamists, as world powers joined the search to rescue the hostages
Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division (3rd L) Obiageli Ezekwesilieze speaks as she leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja
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Kelly Hoppen tweeted: 'Please make sure you do this, we must stand together and not forget them'
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Following the kidnapping, Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, promised that he would find the girls and “crush” Boko Haram.
Nevertheless, the majority of kidnapped girls are still missing and the ill-disciplined Nigerian army seem to be making little progress.
Within the last month, Boko Haram have stated that they now control of remote areas on the Nigerian border with Cameroon.
Following the video, The Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) dismissed the film, claiming that they had footage to prove that the “Shekau impostor” was killed in an attack on Boko Haram last week.
A statement released by the DHQ said: "As far as we are concerned, the individual who was appearing in video and claiming to be the leader of the terrorist group was killed in the Kondunga battle in September.”Reuse content