Boko Haram commander killed over 'planned surrender'

Boko Haram fighters parading on a tank in an unidentified town on November 9, 2014. A Boko Haram commander was killed by his comrades over his alleged plan to surrender. PHOTO | FILE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Ali Gaga was shot and killed on Thursday by other commanders in the IS-affiliated faction of Boko Haram after they uncovered his plan to surrender to Nigerian troops fighting the jihadist group in the Lake Chad region.

  • After joining the group he was trained in weapons handling and valued because of his mastery of the difficult terrain as a herder.

  • The Nigerian military has in recent weeks intensified aerial bombings in the Lake Chad region where ISWAP is based, military sources told AFP.

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