Abubakur Shekau, the leader of Nigeria-based Islamist sect Boko Haram, may have been killed after he was shot, it was reported.
Citing the Nigerian army, AFP reported the news its Twitter feed.
The Nigeria-based Osun Defender quoted an intelligence report as saying it was “revealed that Abubakur Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted Boko Haram Terrorists leader may have died.”
The leader, it said, “died of gunshot wound received in an encounter with the JTF troops in one of their camps at Sambisa Forest on 30 June 2013.”
He was fatally shot “in the encounter and was sneaked into Amitchide – a border community in Cameroun for treatment which he never recovered.”
“It is greatly believed that Shekau might have died between 25 July to 3 August, 2013. He was reported to have masterminded the kidnap of the seven French citizens and that of the elder statesman Alhaji (Dr) Shettima Ali Monguno in addition to many murders of Islamic clerics in Northern Nigeria,” the report said.