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Nigerian President Confirms Boko Haram Leader Wounded in Airstrikes

© AP PhotoMay 12, 2014 file photo taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, and shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera
May 12, 2014 file photo taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, and shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera - Sputnik International
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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday confirmed that the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group had been injured in the airstrikes carried out by the country's military.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) On Tuesday, the Nigerian Armed Forces reported that they had wounded Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau in an air attack, also killing several other senior commanders of the group.

"The person known in Nigeria as their leader, we understand was edged out and the Nigerian members of Boko Haram started turning themselves to the Nigerian military. We learnt that in an air strike by the Nigeria Air Force he was wounded," Buhari said, as quoted by the Daily Nigeria News newspaper.

He added that the country's government had information about the conflict in the leadership of the group.

Boko Haram is the group active in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group, outlawed in Russia and multiple other states, in 2015.

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