The Nigerian army has said that several top Boko Haram fighters were killed in airstrikes carried out in Nigeria’s Northeastern region.
Its most serious assertion was that factional leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau was ‘fatally wounded’ iin the airstrike.
There have been false claims in the past of the killing of Abubakar Shekau which were all eventually proven to be false. There has been no other confirmation of the airstrikes but the Army says that 300 Boko Haram fighters were killed.
The statement from the army said that the airstrikes were carried out on Friday deep in the Sambisa forest, Borno state.
Sambisa forest is a Boko Haram stronghold and is largely believed to be where the still missing Chibok girls are being hidden. Although the army has made significant progress in the past year of putting the terror group under its heel, the insurgency is far from over.