The Nigerian Army have released a statement this morning (Tuesday), announcing that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has been seriously wounded on his shoulder in the latest air bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force.
Abubakar Shekau, who the Nigerian military had pronounced dead several times in the past years, was leading his group in performing the Friday prayers at a secret location called Tayye in the heart of the vast forest, when hit by military air raid.
The army also announced the death of three key commanders of the extremist group, the terrorists were killed on Friday August 19, in a major air strike on their location in the dreaded Sambisa Forest.
Those dead were identified as Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman. The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, disclosed this in a statement:
“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.
“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 military has repeatedly claimed credit for killing Mr. Shekau. But the sect denounced the claims each time saying its leader remained alive. At times, Mr. Shekau would appear in a video to prove he had not been killed.
The military however insisted that the original Abubakar Shekau had long been killed, and that the so-called Abubakar Shekau said to be alive was a made-up character.