Sunday 11 December 2016

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau 'fatally wounded in Nigerian army air strike'

Adam Withnall

Published 23/08/2016 | 07:38

The Nigerian army claims to have "fatally wounded" the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, in an air strike targeting a meeting of the Islamist group's commanders.

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Shekau and other senior militants had gathered for prayers on Friday when they were hit by what the Nigerian army called an "air force raid".

It said a number of commanders were confirmed dead, naming them as Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, and said Shekau was "believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders".

The Nigerian army claims to have "fatally wounded" the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, in an air strike targeting a meeting of the Islamist group's commanders.

Shekau and other senior militants had gathered for prayers on Friday when they were hit by what the Nigerian army called an "air force raid".

It said a number of commanders were confirmed dead, naming them as Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, and said Shekau was "believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders".

Shekau's death was reported in 2013 and again in September 2014. A month later, Shekau released a video saying: "Here I am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath." The Nigerian army amended its report to say it believed a double for Shekau going by the name Isa Damsaka had been killed instead.

The leader last appeared in a video released earlier this month, in which he threatened a major attack on the city of Abuja.

Independent News Service

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