The Nigerian military has said that more than 260 Boko Haram militants have surrendered in north-eastern Nigeria.
A spokesman also said that the military had killed the man posing as the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau.
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to be an imposter. It's kind of like the Dread Pirate Roberts
The military said that 135 Boko Haram members surrendered with their weapons in Biu, Borno State, on Tuesday - and that 133 others surrendered elsewhere in north-eastern Nigeria and were currently being interrogated. That should be interesting. I wonder what they will have to say about the girls.
In fact, I'm wondering what the girls who were allegedly rescued yesterday had to say? Did anybody hear anything, or are they a myth like the 60 girls who were supposed to have escaped in early July, then no-one ever heard anything about them again.
The BBC's Will Ross in Lagos says that this has never happened before in the war against Boko Haram.
Although it is impossible to independently verify, the military is seeing it as a turning point, our correspondent adds. As well they should, if, in fact, it's all true. You know the probability of the Nigerian military telling the truth is likely a single digit number.
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General Chris Olukolade of the Nigerian military said that Mohammed Bashir, who was killed in the latest offensive against Boko Haram, was a lookalike.
Bashir "had been acting or posing in videos as the deceased Abubakar Shekau, the eccentric character known as leader of the group", he added.
The military however did not give any dates or locations for when they believe leader Shekau actually died.
Speaking at the United Nations Security Council meeting, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan urged the council to find more ways to combat the militant threat.
"Evidence has shown that Boko Haram is sourced largely from outside our country," he said. Seriously, Goodluck? You are either covering up or deflecting the blame for Boko Haram on foreign 'unknowns' instead of on the incredible corruption in Nigeria.
"Only by united action and firm resolve can we check this urgent threat to humanity and also build the enduring structures that will resist their re-emergence."
"Boko Haram" means "Western education is forbidden" in Arabic, and the group frequently attacks schools and colleges, which it sees as a symbol of Western culture.
Boko Haram was behind the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno state in April.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch says more than 2,000 civilians have been killed in the region this year.