Ahmad Sale, one of the leaders of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has been killed by troops, the Nigerian Army said on Saturday.
The group, which is a faction of Boko Haram, is believed to have abducted Leah Sharibu and more than 100 other Dapchi schoolgirls in February, 2018.
Leah is the only student of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state, still with Boko Haram after the others were released in March, 2018.
A statement from the Army revealed that Sale, the ISWAP media chief, was killed in conjunction with personnel of the Nigerian Air Force.
“Reports available reveal that one Sale Ahmad Sale a. k. a. Baban Hassan, the leader of Al-Barnawi media group, a faction of Boko Haram was killed by a joint operation conducted by the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force,” it said.
It also said, “The killing of the media leader is indicative of efforts by the NA to eliminate key members of the sect.
“It is worthy to note that the sect is directly affiliated to the Islamic State and has carried out several attacks against own troops and innocent civilians in the past.”
The army assured Nigerians that other key members of the group would soon be arrested or killed.