Nigeria claims it killed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in airstrike
Nigeria’s air force on Tuesday claimed that it killed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau along with some other militants of the terror outfit.
The army said that they killed him on Friday during his Friday prayer in a forest of northeast Nigeria.
Government planes attacked the fighters in the village of Taye inside the Sambisa forest in Borno State on Friday, the air force said.
However, the military sources have not revealed where from they got the information about the hideouts of the terror leaders.
This is the third time Nigerian security forces claimed to have killed the most-wanted terrorist in the Africa, where each time he surfaced in the online videos and rejuvenated his followers.
According to the statement signed by army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, the army carried out the airstrike came in “the most unprecedented and spectacular air raid,” at Taye village in the extremists’ Sambisa Forest holdout in northeast Nigeria.
“Those Boko Haram terrorist commanders confirmed dead include Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, amongst others. While their leader, so-called ‘Abubakar Shekau’, is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders. Several other terrorists were also wounded,” U.S. News quoted him as saying.
The airstrike followed by the killing carried out in the wake of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the Nigerian capital Abuja.
In the meet, Kerry will meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and discuss Islamic terrorism and regional security issues.
Boko Haram carried out the most dreadful attack in the history of Nigeria, after Shekau took up the leadership of the outfit.
In 2009, Boko Haram in the leadership of Shekau killed 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.2 million from Nigerian borders.