The Nigerian Military says a major factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group has been ‘fatally injured’ in the ongoing onslaught against the insurgents in the North East.
This was confirmed in a statement issued on Friday by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu.
According to the statement, the feat was made by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the ongoing artillery and aerial bombardments of Boko Haram enclaves in the Lake Chad region.
“Currently an evaluation report of the ongoing operation indicates that a major factional leader of the terrorist group, Mamman Nur, has been fatally injured in the bombardment as he and his sub-commanders fled from the onslaught.
“Several of his foot soldiers have also been killed by troops, while many of the insurgents who escaped are now surrendering to Republic of Niger Defence Forces, following the Amnesty granted the insurgents by the Government of Niger Republic,” the military said.
The statement comes one day after the troops deployed in Pulka rescued one of the Chibok girls abducted by the terrorist group in April 2014.
A statement issued by the Theatre Command on Thursday had said the young girl identified as Salomi Pagu was the same as the Chibok girl published on serial 86 of the online list of abducted Chibok girls.
She was said to have been intercepted by troops in the company of another young girl, Jamila Adams, about 14 years old with a child.
The military had said Pagu and the two others were in the safe custody of the troops.