Ceberation over the Death Of Top Ranking Boko Haram Terrorist Commander

February 5, 2015 5:49 pm
It would be recalled that a leader of had in a video
released shortly after the Baga attack boasted that his band captured
world class sophisticated weaponry from Nigerian troops who he referred
to as cowards. Among the recovered weapons is a Battle Armoured Tank equipped with
comprehensive protective system and maximum firing distance and accuracy
with anti-aircraft rotating mount. Its fire accuracy is attained by
range-finder, ballistic computer with a thermal barrel sleeve.Several other weapons, arms and ammunition including variety of
armoured vehicles and artillery guns as well as several Hilux vehicles
were also captured from them.

However, a reliable security source confirmed the death of the top
ranking leader during the air raid, but which authenticity was still
being investigated by military authorities.

The leader was one of the senior officers in Boko Haram command to late founder of the group, Muhammed Yusuf.

A Nigerian soldier standing in front of an armored taken recovered from Boko Haram fighters
As the battle to annihilate boko haram in
the north east parts of the country intensifies with Nigerian troops in
conjunction with allied forces from neighbouring countries gaining the
upper hand, there is suppressed excitement about the reported death of a
top ranking leader of the terrorists operating in the region.

PRNigeria sources at the frontline reported that the leader was a
casualty of the ongoing heavy air bombardment from warplanes while
clearing the way for the ground troops of multinational task force to
move into some towns near one of the boarders.
A couple of weeks ago
the military high command had obtained approval of political authorities
in Abuja to go all out and clear the region of insurgency before the
February general elections.

At a period when massive operations were to start however, the
terrorists carried out simultaneous desperate and diversionary attacks
on Maiduguri, Konduga and Monguno to both delay the commencement of
planned military offensive and allow for the escape of their commanders
holed around the axis.

Despite this however, the operations commenced and has been fierce
with the cooperation of Chad, Niger and Cameroon who are all ’s
neighbours leading to the capture of many towns and villages previously
infested by the terrorists.
Some of the towns include Gamboru-Ngala,
Malamfatori, Abadam, Kirawa and Ashigashiya and Michika while the
liberation of Gwaoza, Gulak and others may be announced any moment from
now.

During these battles, some of the weapons captured from troops when
the terrorists overran Baga, headquarters of the International Joint
Task Force some weeks ago were recovered by Nigerian fighters.

It would be recalled that a leader of Boko Haram had in a video
released shortly after the Baga attack boasted that his band captured
world class sophisticated weaponry from Nigerian troops who he referred
to as cowards.

Among the recovered weapons is a Battle Armoured Tank equipped with
comprehensive protective system and maximum firing distance and accuracy
with anti-aircraft rotating mount. Its fire accuracy is attained by
range-finder, ballistic computer with a thermal barrel sleeve.

Several other weapons, arms and ammunition including variety of
armoured vehicles and artillery guns as well as several Hilux vehicles
were also captured from them.

However, a reliable security source confirmed the death of the top
ranking leader during the air raid, but which authenticity was still
being investigated by military authorities.

The leader was one of the senior officers in Boko Haram command to late founder of the group, Muhammed Yusuf.

When contacted, Defence Spokesperson, Major General Chris Olukolade
declined to comment on the authenticity or otherwise of the report
saying “as far as we are concerned, anybody that is associated with
is a target and right now, we have a task of cleaning up the
entire boko haram infested region and returning peace to the country.

One of the leaders of Boko Haram whose death has been controversial
is Shekau. On 19 August 2013, the Joint Task Force (JTF) had announced
the death of Shekau. They claimed he died of gunshots wounds received in
an encounter with the JTF in one of their camps in Sambisa Forest on
June 30, 2013. He was said to be mortally wounded in the encounter and
was sneaked into Amitchide-a border community in Cameroon for treatment
from which he never recovered.

Many months later, another character appeared in a video claiming to
be Shekau but having different mannerisms, gait and character from the
original Shekau.
Incidentally, the reign of this Shekau, termed
Abubakar Shekau 11 by security sources, was short-lived as he was
reportedly killed in a shootout with Nigerian troops in Konduga on
Wednesday September 17, 2014.

Although video and still shots of the encounter were provided by
military and independent sources, another character yet appeared in
another video shortly afterwards, claiming to still be Abubakar Shekau.
Military and security sources referred to him as Abubakar Shekau 111.

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