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Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau dead, says Nigerian military

Abuja, Sep 25 (): The Defense authorities of Nigeria have confirmed killing of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. They say he has been killed in the course of one of the four attacks with the rebels in the Kodunga region of Borno State between September 12 and 17, 2014.

Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Defence Information Director gave this information at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja. He said that the dead body of the rebels’ leader was recognized by the residents of Kodunga. He said the real name of Shekau was Mohammed Bashir and he had used names like Damasack and Abacha Abdullahi Geidam.

Defense Spokesperson Chris Olukolade told reporters that a heavy bearded Islamist rebel recognized as Mohammed Bashir expired during the fighting in Konduga town, in Borno state. He added Bashir was said to have had some pseudonyms, had been posing or acting on videotapes as the dead Abubakar Shekau, the peculiar character identified as the leader of the group.

This is the first time the military of Nigeria is announcing openly that Shekau was deceased after two earlier claims by some other security sources saying he had expired in 2009 and 2013. However, the army did not say when Shekau was killed. Marilyn Ogar, spokeswoman for the nation’s secret police, said “the original Shekau is dead” and that the person appearing in videos was an imposter.

In the recent weeks, Boko Haram has faced heavy damages as the military of Nigeria attacked the group near to its home ground of Maiduguri in the north-east.

The military of Nigeria says over 260 militants of Boko Haram have surrendered in the north-eastern part of Nigeria. 135 Boko Haram militants surrendered on Tuesday with weapons in Biu, Borno State, and 133 other militants surrendered in different places in north-eastern regions of Nigeria and currently they are being interrogated.