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Boko Haram released photos of a training camp for children. Residents of Adamawa state say that jihadists are "rampaging through villages ... burning and looting." Upcoming elections are deemed "too close to call." Sharia police arrested 12 men for planning to wed; gay marriages and relationships were banned by the government in January 2014. The former Minister of Petroleum Resources dubbed Nigeria a "failed state."
In a new video release, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for a recent massacre in Baga that killed hundreds of people, saying God "commanded" the group to do it. A Guardian analysis stated that "Army corruption, troop mutinies, alienated citizens and a lack of political will" are reasons Nigeria's strategy against the terrorist group are unlikely to succeed.
Hundreds of people hailing from the villages of Kekenu, Budur, Yoyo and Mile near the recently attacked Baga village have fled in the face of threats from Boko Haram. 22 senior Nigerian military officers are to be tried in late January on unspecified charges "related to the counterinsurgency operations in the country's northeast."
A car bomb exploded by a bus station in Potiskum in northeast Nigeria, killing four and wounding 35. A doctor's association in Gombe state has called for an end to a medical workers' strike, saying that capabilities are overwhelmed by the number of wounded stemming from the Boko Haram insurgency.
Amnesty International released satellite images showing the vast destruction caused by Boko Haram's attacks on the towns of Baga and Dora Baga last week. The Nigerian army repulsed an attack by the jihadist group on the town of Biu in northeastern Borno state; "at least 40" jihadists were killed. The casualty list from the suicide bombing in Gombe state on Jan. 13 was increased to three people killed. About 68.8 million people are registered to vote in next month's election.
The Nigerian government refuted reports of 2,000 dead after Boko Haram attacked the town of Baga, stating that up to 150 people were killed. A bomb detonated near a checkpoint in Gombe, killing one person and wounding about 18; the bomber was caught and killed by an angry mob, according to a local source. The Archbishop of Jos accused the West of ignoring the threat from Boko Haram. The jihadist group is reportedly forcing young girls to become suicide bombers. Approximately 20,000 Nigerians have fled to Chad, Niger, and Cameroon in the face of terrorist attacks over the past two weeks.
Boko Haram massacred about 2,000 people in the town of Baga along the border with Chad. Amnesty International said that most of the victims were women, children, and the elderly who could not escape the town during the Boko Haram's assault, and described the scene as the "deadliest massacre" perpetrated by the jihadist group. Fourteen Nigerian troops were also killed in the attack.
A 10-year-old girl suicide bomber with explosives strapped to her body detonated in a crowded market Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state in Nigeria's northeast, killing 20 people and wounding more than 18 others. Islamist fighters torched buildings in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, yesterday. Boko Haram is suspected in the attacks. The UN reported that at least 7,300 Nigerians have sought refuge in Chad over the past 10 days, bringing the number of Nigerian refugees there to some 10,000. Chad and Niger pulled their Multinational Joint Task Force troops out of Nigeria following the Jan. 3 Boko Haram attack on the multinational forces' base in Baga.
Nigeria ranked first in a list of nations where "Christians [are] confirmed to have been killed for faith-related reasons;" according to the Christian advocacy group Open Doors, 2,484 Christians were targeted and killed in the country in 2014. Nigeria has taken delivery of two Mi-24 "Super Hinds" purchased from a South African company. This purchase follows US refusal to supply the military with attack helicopters requested for counterterrorism operations.