August 2016: Boko Haram Splits and Releases Video
Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of August 2016.
1. Thailand's Referendum Equals New Constitution 2. Quetta, Pakistan Is Terror Target 3. Update on Boko Haram 4. Saudi Coalition Airstrike Hits Hospital in Yemen 5. Russia Deploys Airstrikes from Iran into Syria 6. UN Admits Responsibility in Haitian Cholera Epidemic 7. Suicide Bomber at Turkish Wedding 8. Thousands Killed in Philippine Drug War 9. Turkey Enters Syrian War 10. Columbian Government Makes Peace with FARC Rebels 11. Attack on American University in Afghanistan 12. Top ISIS Leader Killed 13. Brazil's Senate Votes to Impeach Rousseff
- Boko Haram Splits and Releases Video
- On August 2, 2016, Boko Haram, made up of jihadists of the West Africa Province of the Islamic State, announces a new leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, signalling a split of the group into those that recognize al-Barnawi as wali/governor and those that recognize Abubakar Shekau. Al-Barnawi says he will focus on the killing of Christians, leaving Muslims alone. Shekau responds to this by calling Abu Musab al-Barnawi an infidel. Then on August 14, 2016, Boko Haram releases a video showing an unidentified soldier and many of the Nigerian girls that were kidnapped over two years ago. In the video, the soldier says that the airstrikes led by the Nigerian government has killed many of the kidnapped girls. After showing this, the soldier demanded the release of many imprisoned militants in exchange for the Nigerian girls who are still alive.
- Photo source: AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga