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Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, has once again escaped being captured by men of the Nigerian Army in a recent operation as he runs from his Sambisa forest hideout, leaving behind some of his clothing, chewing stick and a pistol.
Here’s how the BBC exclusively reported the story:
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“The Nigerian army have issued a bounty of $8,000 (£5,724) for the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.
 
But the BBC has found that, in a recent operation, soldiers were very close to Boko Haram’s main camp in the Sambisa forest when they were ordered to stop and eventually forced to retreat.
 
Shekau escaped from his hideout leaving behind his cap, a laptop, his jacket, his chewing stick and a pistol, a witness from the vigilante forces, working alongside the Nigerian army, told the BBC.
 
“They ran away I saw them with my naked eyes,” the witness added.
 
Around 200 to 300 Boko Haram fighters are in operation, according to a commander who defected just after the attack.
 
He told the BBC the militants are “still armed, but most of what they say is propaganda”.
 
The army repeatedly claim they’ve caught, killed or injured their elusive enemy.”