Boko Haram factional leader injured in troops bombardment

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By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – THE Nigerian Military claimed yesterday that its troops engaged in the ongoing war against Boko Haram in the North East fatally wounded Boko Haram factional leader, Mamman Nur.

This screen grab image taken on January 2, 2018 from a video released on January 2, 2018 by Islamist group Boko Haram shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaking in his first video message in months amid a surge in violence casting doubt on the Nigerian government’s claim that the jihadist group is defeated.
Shekau’s message comes during an acceleration of Boko Haram attacks and just days after the jihadists killed 25 people outside Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Islamist insurgency. / AFP PHOTO

Nur,according to a statement late Friday, by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations,Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, was injured in the ongoing artillery and aerial bombardment of Boko Haram enclaves in the Lake Chad region.

A terse statement to this effect, obtained late yesterday, read thus:”Ongoing artillery and aerial bombardments of Boko Haram enclaves in the Lake Chad region by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole has continued to yield positive results.

“Currently an evaluation report of the ongoing operation indicates that a major factional leader of the terrorists group, Mamman Nur has been fatally injured in the bombardment as he and his sub commanders fled from the onslaught.

“Several of his foot soldiers have also been killed by troops, while many of the insurgents who escaped are now surrendering to Republic of Niger Defence Forces, following the Amnesty granted the insurgents by the Government of Niger Republic.”

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