By Yemi Adedaji, Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the air strike it carried out in Durwawa settlement in Borno State may have killed the wife of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.
A statement issued by Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, says intelligence report indicated that the successful air strike might have claimed the life of Mallama Fitdasi.
The statement reads: “Human intelligence indicates that the wife of the leader of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) organization, Mallama Fitdasi, appeared to have been killed in recent successful airstrikes on Durwawa settlement on the outskirts of Urga, near Konduga.
“Mallama Fitdasi was reported to have been representing her husband in a coordinating meeting with other terrorists at the location of the airstrikes.
“It is recalled that the Nigerian Air Force had reported the successful aerial attack of a large number of Boko Haram terrorists at Durwawa on 19 October 2017.
“Battle Damage Assessment had indeed revealed that the aerial attack set off a fire, causing damage to the BHT structures within the settlement and neutralized most of the BHTs with a few of them fleeing the location.
“Efforts are ongoing to confirm the reported killing of Shekau’s wife, alongside other BHTs,” it added