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Nigerian Air Force says top Boko Haram militants killed, leader seriously wounded

Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, is believed to have been fatally wounded in an airstrike carried out by Nigeria’s military in the country’s northeast, according to a local media report citing a senior official.

The report said a number of fighters were targeted last week in the Sambisa forest near Gambaru, Borno state, near the border with Cameroon.

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

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 terrorist group.

Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to so-called terrorist group Islamic State last year but the groups have apparently split, with IS recently naming Abu Musab al-Barnawi as its leader for West Africa in a two-page interview in its weekly magazine, Al Naba.


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