By Rabiu Sani/Maiduguri
The Nigerian Army on Friday stated one of many Boko Haram factional leaders, Mamman Nur, was wounded in an ongoing clearance operation by troops in Lake Chad area.
Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the disclosure in a press release issued in Maiduguri.
Nwachukwu stated that Nur sustained “fatal injuries” following artillery and aerial bombardments of Boko Haram insurgents enclaves in Lake Chad basin.
He stated analysis report indicated that Nur was wounded whereas making an attempt to flee the realm, including that a large number of his commanders have been additionally injured or killed in the course of the operation.
The military spokesman disclosed that a number of insurgents who fled the onslaught had surrendered to safety forces in Niger Republic.
“The ongoing artillery and aerial bombardments of Boko Haram enclaves within the Lake Chad area by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole has continued to yield optimistic outcomes.
“Currently an analysis report of the continued operation signifies main factional chief of the terrorists group, Mamman Nur has been fatally injured within the bombardment, as he and his sub commanders fled from the onslaught.
“Also, several of his foot soldiers have been killed by troops, while many of the insurgents who escaped are now surrendering to Niger Defence Forces, following the Amnesty granted the insurgents by the Government of Niger Republic,” Nwachukwu stated.
The report of the capturing of Mamman Nur got here as one other factional chief of the Boko Haram terrorist group, claimed duty for final month’s assault towards a Nigerian military barrack at Kannama, close to the Niger border.
They additionally stole some navy tools.
The jihadist faction stated in a web-based assertion revealed by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) that it had orchestrated the raid on military barracks within the city of Kanamma in northeast Yobe state, in accordance with the SITE Intelligence group, which screens jihadist exercise.
Boko Haram has lengthy been divided, however in 2016 it suffered a significant break up when the Islamic State group recognised Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi, the son of useless Boko Haram founder Muhammad Yusuf, as chief.