Nigerian army said it killed several senior members of Boko Haram and fatally wounded the leader of the Islamist group Abubakar Shekau in an air strike on positions of the terrorist group in the northwestern state of Borno, which is a bastion of the extremists, reported The Independent citing Nigerian military sources.

The attack was carried out on Friday when the leader of the terrorists Abubakar Shekau was with the commanders to perform a religious ritual in the village Taye. 

There is so far no reaction from Boko Haram.

About 15 000 people were killed and more than 2 million – forced to flee their homes since Boko Haram began its seven years of armed struggle in Nigeria in order to create an Islamic state, notes Reuters. The radical group also carried over the conflict in neighboring Cameroon, Niger, and Chad.

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