Boko Haram leader warns Trump 'war has just begun'

Boko Haram is waging a seven-year-old uprising against the Nigerian state that has claimed more than 20,000 lives

Boko Haram's shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau is shown in an August 8, 2016 video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group

"Do not be overwhelmed by people like Donald Trump and the global coalition fighting our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and everywhere,"Abubakar Shekau said in an audio message posted on YouTube late Sunday.

"We remain steadfast on our faith and we will not stop," he said in the hour-long message. "To us, the war has just begun."

Boko Haram is waging a seven-year-old uprising against the Nigerian state that has claimed more than 20,000 lives, with the insurgency spilling over the West African nation's borders into neighbouring states.

Boko Haram, which last year pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, has been in the grip of a power struggle since late last year.

The IS high command said in August that Shekau had been replaced as leader by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram's founder Mohammed Yusuf.

Shekau claims he is still in charge, however, as rival factions vie for control.

During a visit to Nigeria in August, US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the government for reclaiming swathes of territory and releasing thousands of hostages from Boko Haram, while warning against the use of excessive force to fight extremists.

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