Lagos - A military source has said that the top Boko Haram figure killed in a recent operation was one Bashir Mohammed, leader of the Islamist sect’s Uye camp and not Abubakar Shekau as reported in the media, Saharareporters reports.
The Nigerian intelligence source revealed that Nigerian soldiers, not Cameroonian troops, had killed Bashir last Friday in a fierce battle against Boko Haram insurgents in Konduga, Borno State.
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The intelligence source said Bashir had adopted Shekau’s nom deguere and had been the person responsible for issuing video messages in recent times including the kidnap of over 200 school girls in Chibok, Borno State.
According to senior military and intelligence sources, the sect commander who has been mimicking Shekau in those videos was the one killed in Konduga on September 17, 2014 due to the striking resemblance in facial marks, beards and teeth.
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