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US unfazed by "death" of Boko Haram leader

26 September 2014, 08:03Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The United States is not reading too much into reports the leader of the vicious Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, has been killed.

This followed conflicting reports of the demise of the slick terrorist head earlier this week.

“The Nigerians have announced several times that the head of Boko Haram was dead, and every single time we’ve found out that it’s not true. What I’ve read recently is that the Shekau lookalike, or his – some Shekau impostor was killed, and then I read something later that maybe Shekau himself was killed. I don’t put a lot of weight on those stories until we see more evidence of that,” a senior State Department official said in a statement.

The official was wary at the ongoing insurgency locally and neighbouring countries.

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“I think we’re still seeing Boko Haram terrorize people in the north, and both in Cameroon and in Nigeria, and there was an attack even in Chad last week.”

According to the Department of State, the US was continuing to work with the Nigerians to try to bring the Chibok girls home.

The Boko Haram kidnapped the schoolgirls in April.

“This is a huge challenge. As we know, many of them – it’s been now months and we know that many of them were taken into the forest, and given the time that has passed, it’s possible that many of them have been taken to other locations. It is still our commitment to bring those girls home, as well as all the others that Boko Haram took as hostages. This didn’t just start with the Chibok girls,” the official said.

“They were raiding villages and taking girls long before that. They were raiding villages and killing young boys before that, or taking boys and forcing them – young boys, and forcing them to fight. So this is much, much – a much, much bigger operation that we’re dealing with, and the ultimate goal is to stop Boko Haram. It’s to bring the girls home, it’s to stop the fighting, but it’s to actually stop Boko Haram’s terror in northern Nigeria.”

US is among a number of countries that are working with Nigeria to rescue the girls and rid the country of terror.

– CAJ News


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