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(FILES) This file screengrab taken on November 9, 2014 from a Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau preaching to locals in an unidentified town.  Boko Haram's elusive leader Abubakar Shekau said in an audio message on August 4, 2016 he is around despite his reported ouster as leader of the Nigeria-based jihadist group by the Islamic State (IS)."People should know we are still around," Shekau said in a 10-minute audio message.  / AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM / HO

(FILES) This file screengrab taken on November 9, 2014 from a Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau preaching to locals in an unidentified town. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM / HO

After being reportedly killed on a few occasions with him ‘resurrecting’ thereafter, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was, according to the Nigerian Army,  ‘fatally wounded’ on Friday, barely a week after the release of a new video of the Chibok Girls.

But is the terror group leader truly dead?

“Those Boko Haram terrorists commanders confirmed dead include Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, amongst others. While their leader, so called “Abubakar Shekau”, is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders. Several other terrorists were also wounded,” the Nigerian Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement.

A lot of international media have interpreted the portion of the Nigerian Army’s statement above to mean that Shekau has been killed in an airstrike. For instance, a Voice of America title says “Nigeria Claims Boko Haram Leader Killed in Airstrike” while Daily Mail’s more detailed title reads, “Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau ‘killed in air strike by Nigerian fighter jets along with other senior militants.” “Boko Haram leader killed in air strike,” The Independent of the UK says in its headline.

A section of the Nigerian media, however, is reporting the news a bit differently. “Nigerian military says Boko Haram leader, Shekau, wounded in deadly air strike,” says an online medium, Premium Times, while Vanguard says “Abubakar Shekau Wounded In NAF’s Sambia Raid”.

Business Day simply tweeted: “Nigeria’s military says it has seriously injured Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau and killed other commanders in an air strike.”

The confusion between what the international and Nigerian media are reporting is caused by the word ‘fatally’ used to describe the injuries sustained Shekau in the air strike.

When used in relation to injuries, fatally usually denotes death

But it is yet to be confirmed by the Nigerian military authorities if the injuries Abubakar Shekau sustained on his ‘shoulders’ were fatal or just serious.

 


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1 Comment
  • Sam

    Sorry, when I see the picture of Boko Haram leader Abrubakar Shekau, then we may believe. Just like the APC promise of CHANGE and we’re still waiting to see it. Nobody knows if it is coming by road or air, or even
    trekking. In the meantime, let’s enjoy http://www.NigerianEnglish.com