MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Nigerian Islamic militant leader Abubakar Shekau says in a new video that he commanded the Oct. 23 battle in a provincial capital that killed at least 127 people.
All but two were combatants killed during five hours of fighting in Yobe state capital, Damaturu. It was the first major attack on an urban center in months in Nigeria's northeastern Islamic uprising.
The video, obtained Monday, shows Shekau in military camouflage holding an AK-47 automatic rifle as well as hundreds of guns which Shekau claims were captured in Damaturu.
He accuses the military of lying about its casualties in fighting during which militants set ablaze four police command posts and an army barracks.
Nigeria's military says it killed 95 insurgents for the loss of 22 soldiers and eight police officers.