The Nigerian Army says it is investigating reports that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has either died or was seriously injured during a clash with a splinter group.
It’s not the first time Shekau has been reported killed. But the militant leader resurfaced each time. Army spokesman Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima says the army was still looking into what may have happened, but will not issue a statement until it gets definite proof.
Reports said that Shekau died when the splinter group attacked Boko Haram positions in the Sambisa forest, north-east Nigeria.
Shekau took over Boko Haram after its founder Muhammad Yusuf was killed by police in 2009.
Since then, more than 40,000 people have been killed and over two million displaced from their homes in the deadly insurgency in north-east Nigeria.
Borno state Governor, Babagana Zullum, recently said that the insurgents were even recruiting people who had previously been forced from their homes by the conflict caused by Boko haram.
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