Abubakar Shekau Boko Haram Leader Wounded in Airstrikes

Abubakar Shekau, disputed leader of rebel group Boko Haram is believed to have been wounded by Nigerian security forces during an airstrike.

Sources have reported that Abubakar Shekau got wounded when two Air Force jets of Nigeria bombarded the rebel group while in prayers in Balla village on April 28. However, no comments were given by the military regarding the incident.

It is believed that Shekau is being treated for his wounds near the Cameroon and Nigeria border. Undisclosed source said that Shekau was about to leave a house for the mosque when the initial jet began firing and he was hit on the second strike.

The getting wounded of Shekau and killing of some commanders was confirmed by a member of the civilian mercenaries who fight in partnership with the armed forces against Boko Haram in Borno State.

In an encounter in 2013, the security forces claimed they have killed Shekau but a month after; Shekau appeared in a video announcing he could not die unless Allah wills it.

In 2016, similar situation occurred when the army announced that Shekau was fatally wounded but he appeared again seemingly in good health and in safety.

According to a counter-terrorism professional specializes in Boko Haram, David Otto, stated that even if Shekau dies, Boko Haram will not be stopped. Another head will simply take Shekau’s place and the rebel group will continue with their terrorism.

Otto declared that the best way to fight terrorism is to understand why insurgencies prevail despite military suppression.

While the military continues to fight Boko Haram in its pursuit to get back the territories now controlled by Boko Haram, Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest airline announced through a published statement that they are resuming their flights on May 9 to Maiduguri, the main center of Boko Haram’s insurgency.

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