Shekau wounded in air raid- Army

Army-Spokesman Col. Sani Usman

Army Spokesman Brig. General. Sani Usman

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader
Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader

The Nigerian army says Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has been seriously wounded on his shoulder in an air bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force.

The air strike was carried out on 19 August.

Col. Sani Usman, acting Director, Army Public Relations said today that three other Boko Haram terrorists were confirmed dead in the attack.

They were identified as Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman.

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Colonel Usman in a text message to NAN clarified that Shekau was not among the dead, which implies that ‘fatally wounded’, contained in his earlier statement meant to convey ‘seriously wounded’.

He said the raid took place while the terrorists were performing Friday rituals at Taye village, Gombale general area within Sambisa Forest.

The Nigerian Army has repeatedly claimed to have killed Shekau in previous raids only for him to appear shortly afterwards in videos.