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Nigerian army claims death of Islamist leader in air strikes


08-24-2016 05:54 BJT

The Nigerian army has said the leader of the Boko Haram militant group, Abubakar Shekau, has been "fatally wounded" in a raid. In a statement, it said its planes had attacked the group inside the Sambisa forest in the country's northeast on Friday. A number of senior figures within the group have also been killed.

However, Nigeria has claimed they killed him three times in the past, only for him to later resurface in video and audio recordings. The statement comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting the country to discuss Islamic extremism and regional security.

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