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Nigeria formally asked neighboring Niger to help combat Islamists in the northeastern region. Under a 2012 bilateral defense pact, Niger must come to Nigeria's military aid when asked. The Nigerian military claimed to have arrested 120 militants at the funeral of a slain Boko Haram commander in Maiduguri. Curfews have been relaxed in Yobe and Borno states, and six towns in Borno were liberated from Boko Haram control and six terrorist camps there destroyed. Insurgents are said to be fleeing toward Chad and Niger; the Multi-National Joint Task Force has been deployed to intercept them.
The government called on Boko Haram members to surrender and offered amnesty to those who will do so. Boko Haram's leader rejected an amnesty offer last month. The military claimed to have destroyed a number of terrorist camps in Borno state and said the dislodged terrorists are "in disarray."
A curfew was imposed on Maiduguri as the campaign against Islamist groups continued. Military forces killed 10 fighters, arrested 65 more, and seized stockpiles of weapons, including RPGs. Many Borno state residents have fled to the Cameroon border. Kabiru Sokoto, the alleged Boko Haram ringleader behind the deadly Christmas Day 2011 bombing, was arraigned. Witnesses testified that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau considered Sokoto part of the group's governing "shurah," and that Boko Haram had received 40 million naira from an Algerian terror group. Prosecutors said Sokoto had run a terror camp outside Abuja and trained over 500 men how to make IEDs.
The Nigerian military is launching airstrikes against Boko Haram camps and strongholds in the northern states where a state of emergency has been imposed. Thousands of soldiers have been deployed, and the military hopes to prevent the Islamist fighters from fleeing the country.
Fighter jets flew over Adamawa state, mobile phone service was cut off in Borno state, and troops poured into the northeastern region as the Nigerian military offensive gathered momentum against Boko Haram and other Islamist terror groups. Troops raided terrorist camps in the Sambisa Game Reserve in Borno state, where more than 2,000 soldiers have been deployed. The military reported that the offensive has met with no resistance so far.
A large number of government troops deployed to northeastern Nigeria to root out Boko Haram and other Islamist militants after the declaration of a state of emergency in the region. Militants are said to control at least 10 districts in Borno state, to maintain links with other Islamist groups in Africa, and to operate across the borders of neighboring Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.
President Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa due to the rising incidence of attacks by the al Qaeda-linked terror group Boko Haram and other Islamist groups. Gunmen armed with AK-47s and shouting "Allahu akbar" attacked a Christian farming village in Kaduna state on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and burning a number of houses.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video purporting to show Nigerian women and children taken hostage by the group. He also claimed the group had carried out the May 7 attack in Bama and the April 16 attack in Baga. A federal judge sentenced Azim Aghajani, an Iranian, and Usman Abbas Jega, a Nigerian, to five years in prison for trying to smuggle a container full of military-grade weapons through Nigeria into Gambia in 2010.
Gunmen from a local militia ambushed police officers in central Nassarawa state, killing 46. The ambush occurred as police were setting out to arrest the leader of the militia. The governor said the gunmen were from the Ombatse cult, which has already attacked officials, churches, and mosques. Ombatse, a banned group likely linked to Boko Haram, seeks to destablize the state.
Some 200 heavily armed Boko Haram militants launched coordinated attacks in the town of Bama in Borno state, killing 22 policemen, 14 prison officials, two soldiers, and four civilians, and freeing more than 100 prison inmates. Arriving in buses and pickup trucks and dressed in army uniforms, the militants attacked an army barracks and a police station and then raided the town prison; 13 militants were killed in the operation. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on a market and a church yesterday in Adamawa state, killing 10 people and injuring nine more, then fled across the border to Cameroon. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has shown no interest in a recent amnesty proposal.
Thirty-nine people died and 30 were seriously wounded in clashes in Taraba state after a Christian funeral procession passed through a Muslim neighborhood. Gunmen arrived in a convoy of 50 Hilux vans in the Boko Haram stronghold of Marte in Borno state and burned down all the public buildings, including schools, hospitals, and telecommunications masts, after warning residents to leave. Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped an elder statesman in Maiduguri and killed another Borno state official the night before. The military's Joint Task Force warned that Boko Haram has formed a special squad to kidnap influential people, including foreigners.
A new jihadist group, Ahlul Jihad, or the Nassiruddeen Li Ahlil Jihad Alal Kitab Was Sunnah, claimed to have seized a large arms cache after attacking a military barracks in Munguno in Borno state. Gunmen shot and killed the head of Borno's Bale district in front of his wives and children yesterday. Four other district heads in Borno state have been assassinated since December; no arrests have been made. The government is considering offering amnesty to the al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram, which recently received a $3 million ransom for releasing a kidnapped French family.
Five Boko Haram fighters and two policemen were killed in Gashua in Yobe State as the Islamist fighters were robbing a bank. Boko Haram fighters killed four policemen and wounded the Divisional Police Officer in Bama in Borno State.
Nigerien and Chadian officials said a joint force of 120 Nigerian, Chadian, and Nigerien soldiers battled Boko Haram militants in Baga last week; as many as 187 people were killed, many of them civilians, and an investigation has been launched. Nigeria's top counterterrorism official said the al Qaeda-linked group Ansaru aims to Islamize the Sahel and has more international connections than Boko Haram. The government is seeking an amnesty deal with Boko Haram.
Fighting between security forces and Boko Haram militants left over 185 people dead in Baga in Borno state; the militants used civilians as human shields. Authorities charged Kabiru Sokoto with masterminding the Boko Haram attack on a Catholic church in Abuja on Christmas Day 2011 in which 37 people were killed. Boko Haram has killed some 3,000 people in Nigeria over the past few years. Suspected Boko Haram militants shot and killed three government education officials in Borno state.
The leader of Boko Haram rejected the idea of amnesty and threatened the life of anyone claiming to represent the group. A Boko Haram faction rejected the amnesty idea last week. Northern state governors support amnesty as one avenue to peace. The Chief of Defence Staff advocated amnesty, but the Chief of Army Staff said "you don't negotiate with terrorists ... because of their selfish agenda." Six terrorists and a soldier were killed in a raid on a cell that was planning to rob a textile market in Kano.
President Jonathan set up a committee to explore the idea of granting amnesty to members of the al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram. The Acting US Ambassador to Nigeria stated his government's preference for dialogue over force in dealing with Boko Haram. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed the home of the deputy governor of Adamwa state, killing 11 people, including two guards whose throats were slit.