A top Boko Haram commander was killed recently in a military operation, the Nigerian army announced. “… it is gratifying to note that own communication intercepted and confirmed by accurate intelligence that a top Boko Haram commander, Abu Usamah, was among those Boko Haram insurgents killed during that encounter,” the army said.
The operation was carried out on March 25, in Gorgi, the Damboa local government area of northeastern Borno state. More than 100 Boko Haram insurgents were also killed in the attack.
Militaries in west African nations have been struggling to root out Boko Haram from the Lake Chad region for more than five years. The armed group, which pledged allegiance to ISIS, has killed thousands of people in the region.
More than 2.6 million other people in the Lake Chad region have been affected by the violence.