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Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau ‘killed in air strike by Nigerian fighter jets

Nigeria's air force said it had killed some senior Boko Haram militants and believes it has fatally wounded the group's leader - Abubakar Shekau (pictured in a video released in August) - in a raid on the Islamists' northeast heartland

Nigeria’s air force said it had killed some senior Boko Haram militants and believes it has fatally wounded the group’s leader in a raid on the Islamists’ northeast heartland.

Government planes attacked the fighters in the village of Taye inside the Sambisa forest in Borno State on Friday, the air force said, adding it had only just confirmed details of the raid.

‘Their leader, so called “Abubakar Shekau”, is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders,’ the statement released on Tuesday from army spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman added.

Nigeria’s air force said it had killed some senior Boko Haram militants and believes it has fatally wounded the group’s leader – Abubakar Shekau (pictured in a video released in August) – in a raid on the Islamists’ northeast heartland

The military has reported Shekau's death in the past, only to have a man purporting to be him appear later, apparently unharmed, making video statements 

The military has reported Shekau’s death in the past, only to have a man purporting to be him appear later, apparently unharmed, making video statements

A poster advertising a reward for information leading to the capture of Abubakar Shekau

A poster advertising a reward for information leading to the capture of Abubakar Shekau

Video: ‘shows Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau’

 The military has reported Shekau’s death in the past, only to have a man purporting to be him appear later, apparently unharmed, making video statements.

There was no immediate reaction from the group. Boko Haram’s list of victims – dead, displaced or abducted – meanwhile grows longer by the day.

SOURCE: UK DAILYMAIL


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