Senior fighters of Boko Haram killed in Nigeria raid
Aug.23, Abuja: The leader of the Boko Haram group is believed to be fatally wounded in an air strike carried out by the Nigerian military in the country's northeast, according to a local news-media report citing senior official sources.
The news report said a number of fighters were targeted last week in the Sambisa Forest near Gambaru in Borno state, near the border with Cameroon.
The statement released on Tuesday by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, army spokesman said: "Their leader, so called 'Abubakar Shekau', is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders."
Usman also said three Boko Haram commanders - Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman - were confirmed dead and several others wounded.
There was no immediate reaction from Boko Haram to the government's claims.
The Oslo Times International News Network