Both wings collectively represent the Islamic State’s Central African Province, which the UN recently noted as one of the Islamic State’s most ‘dependable’ affiliates.
It is not immediately clear if today’s statement represents a legitimate claim from Mozambique.
Salafi sources have confirmed that the Mujahideen Shura Council is a consolidation of Salafi-Jihadist groups in Gaza, and that Abu al Walid al Maqdisi was one of its leaders. Ashraf al Sabah, the emir of Ansar al Sunnah, was also killed in yesterday’s airstrike.
Ansar al Islam, an al Qaeda-linked terror group based in northern Iraq, named Abu Hashim Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman al Ibrahim as its new emir.
Hisham Muhammad Isma’il Abu Ghazala is also linked to Ansar al Islam and has served as an IED and attack facilitator in northern Iraq.