Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haramâ€™s leader has been reportedly injured and one
of his deputies killed in an air strike in northeast Nigeria. Some
civilian and security sources told AFP on Wednesday that Shekauâ€™s
deputy, Abba Mustapha was killed in the air strike attack when two
Nigerian Air Force jets bombarded fighters who had gathered for prayers
in Balla village, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Damboa, on the edge
of the Sambisa Forest, last Friday.
â€œHis deputy, Abba Mustapha, alias Malam Abba, was killed in the attack along with another key lieutenant, Abubakar Gashua, alias Abu Aisha,â€ the source said.
Another source who is a member of the civilian militia in Maiduguri named, Babakura Kolo, also gave a similar account, saying â€œShekau was injured and a number of commanders were killed.
â€œAmong them is his deputy called Malam Abba. They suffered heavy casualties because the bombings targeted a large gathering of his followers attending Friday prayers.â€
There was no immediate comment from the Nigerian military when contacted by AFP.