The Nigerian army says Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has been fatally wounded on his shoulder in an air bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force.
The Nigerian Air Force says an undisclosed number of Boko Haram leaders were killed during a raid on the Sambisa Forest hideout of the insurgents.
The airstrike was carried out on August 19, while the terrorists were performing Friday rituals at Taye village, Gombale general area within Sambisa forest, Borno State.
Colonel Sani Usman, acting Director, Army Public Relations on Tuesday, said that the leader of the group, ‘Abubakar Shekau’ was seriously wounded on the shoulders during the raid with three other Boko Haram terrorists were confirmed dead in the attack.
They were identified as Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman.
He said the raid took place while the terrorists were performing Friday rituals at Taye village, Gombale general area within Sambisa Forest. “Several other terrorists were also wounded,” he added.
“In what one could describe as the most unprecedented and spectacular air raid, we have just confirmed that as a result of the interdiction efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, some key leaders of the Boko Haram terrorists have been killed while others were fatally wounded.
“The air interdiction took place last week Friday 19th August 2016, while the terrorists were performing Friday rituals at Taye village, Gombale general area within Sambisa forest, Borno State.
“Those Boko Haram terrorists 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.” The statement read.
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