Shekau wounded in air raid- Army

Cheryl Sanders
August 30, 2016

The Nigerian military has hit a milestone in its bid to end Boko Haram insurgency with key leaders of the sect killed in a recent air raid.

Sani Usman, said in a statement Tuesday that the leader of the group, "Abubakar Shekau" was seriously wounded on the shoulders during the raid. During that period, the argument that ensued between the Nigerian Army and its Cameroonian counterpart made many Nigerians easily believe that Shekau was truly dead; a Cameroon military source declared, with photo evidence that the country's army killed the Boko Haram leader following an aerial bombardment of his hideout inside Nigeria.

At the start of 2015, Boko Haram occupied an area the size of Belgium but has since been pushed back over the last 18 months by military assaults by the four countries.

An army spokesman said warplanes struck as the militants met for Friday prayers last week at a village deep within the Sambisa forest in Borno State.

Usman also said that a number of other terrorists, including Abubakar Shekau, former leader of the group, were "fatally wounded". Two statements by the military Tuesday did not give the basis for the latest claim but identified several other of the terrorist group's commanders as "confirmed dead".

Famuyiwa said during the air attack, the jet fighters "killed about 300 BHTs who had gathered to hold a meeting at a location between Malam Fatori and own troops location at Kangarwa". He instead reiterated Washington's support for Nigeria's fight against terrorism and cautioned its leaders against collective punishment. "Extremism can't be defeated through repression or fear", Reuters news agency quotes him as saying. The forest now serves as the insurgents' last stronghold in the wake of renewed atttacks by the Nigerian forces in recent months.

Troops on Operation Lafiya Dole stationed at Darul Jamel, on the fringes of Sambisa Forest in northern parts of Borno State, have repelled an attempted attack on their location by Boko Haram terrorists.

Observers don't expect confirmation of Shekau's death from the terrorist group, which only communicates in periodic videos sent to the media.

Boko Haram has been blamed for some 20,000 deaths and displacing of more than 2.6 million people in Nigeria since 2009.

Since 2014 saw #BringBackOurGirls, numerous girls managed to escape, but the whereabouts of approximately 218 girls remain unknown.

"It is so important to restoring trust among the people", Mr. Kerry said before holding talks with Mr. Buhari. Dozens escaped but 218 remain missing.

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