The Nigerian Army today announced the death of an unnamed man, described as the “chief bomb maker” of the Boko Haram terror group, reportedly at the hands of a bodyguard of militant leader Abubakar Shekau.

A statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations said the development was a major breakthrough in the clearance and rescue operation by the Nigerian military, and that it also confirms that all is not well within the Boko Haram terrorist's camp. Abubakar Shekau's video grab

“The chief bomb maker, apart from his high status in the command structure of the Boko Haram terrorists, he was one of their capable hands involved in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), coming after their chief scientist, called Abu RPG (who has been killed long ago),” he said.

He added that the man was shot by the bodyguard as he was about to run away as many other terrorists are now doing on account of the intensity of the army’s Operation CRACKDOWN.

Colonel Usman noted that another man referred to as “Julelebeeb”, was appointed to take over from the bomb-maker, is also now completely blind because his eyes were shattered by shrapnel during the preparation of an IED to consolidate his appointment.

“There is no doubt, this development has dealt a devastating blow on the terrorists’ capacity for IED assembly, training, suicide bombing and their ability to sustain their criminal acts,” he continued. 

He reassured the public that Nigerian troops are continuing with clearance and rescue operations successfully towards completely clearing away remnants of the terrorists wherever they might be hiding.

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