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Nigeria military: Extremist leader may be dead

Monday - 8/19/2013, 3:50pm  ET

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's military says the leader of an Islamic uprising in the northeast "might have died" of a gunshot wound.

Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said in a statement Monday that intelligence reports available to his task force "revealed that Abubakar Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted Boko Haram Terrorists leader may have died." It says he was mortally wounded in an attack on a forest hideout June 30 and died across the border in Cameroon.

The report was met by residents in Maiduguri with skepticism. It comes a week after journalists received a video of Shekau berating Nigeria's military for "lying to the world," after they said they had shot and possibly killed him. In the video he said he was "well and healthy."

Musa said Monday the video was fake.


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