The Nigerian Army Friday claimed that a factional leader of the deadly Boko Haram terror group, Mamman Nur, has been “fatally injured” in its ongoing operation in the Lake Chad region..
A statement released by the military said Nur, who broke away from Abubakar Shekau, was hit during an operation in the North-East.
According to the counterinsurgency operation’s spokesman, Onyema Nwachukwu, Nur was hit during a bombardment of a targeted location believed to be his base.
The statement did not however indicate how the Boko Haram leader was identified.
Some will treat this new report with great caution considering the fact that multiple claims by the military that Shekau had been killed or fatally injured turned out to be false.
The military’s full statement is below:
“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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