Shekau crippled in navy assault, says captured Boko Haram fighter
A captured Boko Haram fighter says Abubakar Shekau, chief of the sect, can not stroll successfully.
Mohammed Adam, a teenage fighter, who’s presently in custody of troops of 195 battalion of the Nigerian military, stated Shekau received injured throughout an air bombardment on an insurgents’ camp in Tumbuktu, Sambisa forest, a Boko Haram stronghold in Borno state.
In a video seen by TheCable, Adam was heard saying Shekau can not lead any operation bodily.
Shekau, recognized for taunting the navy in movies, has not been seen on his toes these days as he has launched video the place he’s seen sitting or in some instances, utilizing audio to cross throughout his message.
Adam was kidnapped by Boko Harma on the age of 10. He was engaged on the farm in Firgi, Gwoza native authorities space of Borno, when Boko Haram fighters took him away forcefully.
The teenage fighter, who spent 5 years in captivity, claimed he is aware of Shekau personally and took part in a number of operations beneath the command of the factional Boko Haram chief.
He additionally claimed to be among the many Boko Haram fighters who escorted the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls to a camp in Tumbuktu.
In a bid to substantiate his claims of being a fighter, Adam demonstrated fight expertise he acquired throughout coaching on weapons dealing with, marksmanship and improvised explosive system (IED) planting.
“I’m a well-trained insurgents conflict entrance soldier who specialised in weapons dealing with together with AK-47 riffles and GPMG in addition to planting IED’s alongside troops patrol route,” he stated in Hausa.
“We’re additionally given coaching on different unconventional strategies to inflict heavy casualties on troops.”
Adam claimed he participated in a number of Boko Haram operations, together with elimination of some military engineers within the south of Borno.
He stated he escaped from one of many camps in Sambisa forest as a consequence of hardship and starvation, ensuing from cholera outbreak, which left over 500 militants and their households in important situation.
“I escaped with the intention of being rescued by the troops of the Nigerian military which is able to in flip afford me the chance of fulfilling my goals of going to highschool to accumulate data,” he stated.
He stated that different escapees, largely minors, had been in Banki in Bama native authorities space of the state.
The militant group has continued to recruit kids who’re educated to grow to be discipline troopers.