facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Boko Haram leader, believed dead, appears in new video

Sept. 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM   |   Comments

ABUJA, Nigeria, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group and believed killed by Nigerian troops in August, purportedly appears in a new video, the BBC said.

Shekau posted the video to refute reports of his death, the Nigeria's Channels TV said Wednesday.

Boko Haram, fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria, has been blamed for attacks killing more than 2,000 people since 2011.

In the video, the man alleged to be Shekau sits in a jungle environment, commenting on recent events, the BBC said.

In August a spokesman for the Nigerian military said Shekau "died of a gunshot wound in an encounter with the JTF [Nigerian Joint Task Force] troops in one of their camps on June 30."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Last hostages freed, suspects arrested in Harvey, Ill.
2
New York Post defies #ISISMediablackout with graphic James Foley cover
3
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
4
Father of 'affluenza' teen charged with impersonating cop
5
North Korea insults John Kerry on his appearance
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback