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Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a lengthy video in which he claimed to have created an Islamic caliphate in Gwoza in northern Nigeria's Borno state; last month Shekau had voiced his support for the leader of the Islamic State as well as leaders of al Qaeda and the Taliban. The Nigerian military dismissed Boko Haram's announcement and promised to launch an offensive soon in the northeast against the group, and security has been heightened following Boko Haram's most recent attack on a police academy in Gwoza. The academy was attacked yesterday for the third time this month, and 35 policemen have gone missing.
Boko Haram militants stormed the Liman Kara riot police training academy near Gwoza in Borno state, one of only two such facilities in Nigeria. A witness claimed that the police trainees, said to number at least 290, fled after hundreds of militants appeared on the scene. The UK is planning to send three Tornado surveillance aircraft to help Nigerian authorities find the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram this spring.
Police arrested a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber from Niger at Murtala Airport in Lagos yesterday; he said he had been sent with two others to bomb targets in the city. Boko Haram fighters killed 14 people during raids in two Borno state villages on Aug. 17. A group of about 40 soldiers in Borno state threatened mutiny if they are not given better weapons for fighting Boko Haram.
Boko Haram fighters clad in security forces uniforms kidnapped about 100 young men from Doron Baga in Borno state and killed 28 people in the attack. It is feared that the kidnapped men will be conscripted as fighters for the terror group.
Boko Haram gunmen burst out of the Sambisa Forest and attacked the town of Gwoza in Borno state yesterday, killing over 100 residents and burning the police station and two churches after taking over the town. Witnesses said that soldiers guarding the town fled in the face of the militants' superior firepower. The militants also blew up a nearby bridge. The capture of Gwoza, one of the largest towns in Borno, follows the terror group's takeover of Damboa in July, when it hoisted its flags over the town.
A teenage female suicide bomber detonated near the entrance to Kano State Polytechnic in Kano, killing herself and five other people, and injuring seven more. It is the fourth suicide bombing carried out by a young woman in less than a week. Authorities also detained a 10-year-old girl in Katsina state found with explosives strapped to her body; she was in a car with a man and an 18-year-old female. Bombs planted in two mosques in Yobe state exploded last night, killing at least 13 people. Boko Haram is suspected in all of the attacks. President Jonathan ordered enhanced security around educational institutions.
Suspected Boko Haram militants threw a bomb at a Catholic church in Kano, killing at least five people and wounding eight more. A teenage female suicide bomber detonated near Kano University, killing herself and wounding five police officers. Kano police arrested three suspects in connection with the church attack and two more linked to a failed attempt to bomb the Isyaku Rabiu Mosque. On July 25, police clashed with a Shiite Islamist movement in Zaria in Kaduna state; 35 people were said to have been killed.
A suspected Boko Haram bombing at a bus park in a largely Christian area of the predominantly Muslim city of Kano killed "scores" of passengers. In Borno state, Boko Haram militants killed the district head and 11 others in Garubula, killed two vigilante youth in Gamboru Ngala near the Cameroon border, shot dead five people in Damboa, and blew up a bridge linking Maiduguri and Gambora Ngala.