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FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, a man walks past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko Haram in Dalori village near Maiduguri, Nigeria. Abubakar Shekau says he still leads Boko Haram, exposing the biggest rift yet among Nigeria’s Islamic insurgents and possibly paving the way for a break from the Islamic State group. The Islamic State on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 announced that Abu Musab al-Barnawi is the new leader of its so-called West Africa province. But an audio speech Thursday purporting to be from Shekau criticizes al-Barnawi as “an infidel.” (AP Photo/Jossy Ola, File)

Nigeria claims Boko Haram leader was 'fatally wounded' in airstrike


Nigerian military officials said Tuesday that a number of senior leaders of the terrorist group Boko Haram and possibly the group's commander were killed in an airstrike. 

This news comes on the same day U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Nigeria to discuss how to combat militants in the African nation, according to USA Today. 

"Their leader, so-called Abubakar Shekau, is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders," Nigerian military spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a statement.

Usman added that three Boko Haram commanders -- Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman -- were killed near the Cameroon border, according to Al Jazeera. 

The military has wrongly pronounced them dead before, only to backtrack later on. 

Kerry met with the country's president, Muhammadu Buhari, to discuss counterterrorism efforts and human rights issues. He applauded Nigeria for recapturing some of the territory once held by Boko Haram. 

According to the Financial Times, Kerry pledged the Unites States' support for the region's fight against terrorist organizations. 

Kerry did, however, appear to caution the country, noting that military force alone could not end the conflict. 

His comments seemed to refer to recent Amnesty International reports that said the army has been abusing those who have surrendered in recent months, according to the Financial Times. 

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