Was Key Boko Haram Leader Killed?

February 28, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to numerous reports, including the usually reliable AlAfrica.com [see, Soni Daniel, Nigeria: Boko Haram Kingpin, Three Others Killed in Borno], Boko Haram has been dealt a serious blow as a result of action taken by an elite Nigerian anti-terror force.
"...A top Boko Haram commander was Tuesday killed in a morning raid carried out by snipers deployed from the Joint Task Force..."
Boko Haram, an al-Qaeda affiliate operating primarily in an around Nigeria, recently kidnapped a number of French nationals, including children and have taken them to an undisclosed location, where the groups awaits the results of its demands.

The terrorist group has been releasing its statements via YouTube. However the JTF has made the request that Boko Haram deal directly with it rather than use the popular internet video website.
The effect of Boko Haram's campaign of terror is being felt heavily throughout Nigeria and has materially weakened the country due to its numerous attacks against the nation's oil infrastructure.
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