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Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 20 people near Chibok, the site of the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in April. The casualty list for the twin suicide bombings in Maiduguri on Nov. 25 has been updated to 78 people killed and 56 injured.
Two female suicide bombers detonated explosives at a market in Maiduguri city in northern Nigeria, killing at least 30 people. Boko Haram gunmen killed "scores of residents in Damasak" in Borno state; hundreds of civilians and soldiers are fleeing the city disguised as traders. Nigeria's top Muslim cleric has criticized the military for running away in the face of attacks by the terrorist group. A federal court acquitted a man suspected of being behind an April bomb attack that killed more than 70 people in Abuja.
Boko Haram is suspected in an attack that killed 50 fishermen and farmers in the northeastern village of Doron Baga in Borno state. The Akwa-Ibam state police commissioner has warned of violence during the upcoming general election "if politicians do not obey the rules governing electoral process."
The Nigerian military has reportedly retaken control of Gombi, Pelia, and Hong in northeastern Nigeria. The communities were taken by Boko Haram last week. The National Emergency Management Agency estimates that 700,000 people have been internally displaced by the terrorist group.
A mob beat a suspected suicide bomber to death at a bus stop in Gombe City before the man could carry out an attack. Some politicians have declared the country's state of emergency in the volatile northeast a failure, as the legislature is set to vote on a bid to extend the measure.
President Goodluck Jonathan will request an extension of a state of emergency in three northern states grappling with Boko Haram. Nigeria has been ranked fourth in the Global Terrorism Index due to the activity of the jihadist group.
A female suicide bomber detonated in a market in Azare in Bauchi state, killing at least 12 people; a similar bombing in Azare on Nov. 7 killed 13 people. Boko Haram is suspected in both attacks. Borno state is planning to use civilian JTF forces to provide security for schools. The military claimed to have retaken Chibok in Borno from Boko Haram.
Boko Haram has reportedly retaken Chibok, site of the infamous kidnapping of more than 200 school girls in April. A Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashed in Yolo, Adamawa State, killing all three crew members. A coalition of Nigerian Army, "local hunters, and civilian vigilantes" are reported to have recaptured the towns of Mubi and Maiha from Boko Haram.
A female suicide bomber detonated explosives near a government college in northern Nigeria, injuring at least three people. The US State Department responded to criticism by the Nigerian ambassador about a lack of military assistance in the fight against terrorism, stating there had been "a great deal" of aid, while acknowledging that attack helicopters had been held back due to local inability to use them.
The Nigerian ambassador to the US blasted the US for refusing to sell arms to support his country's fight against Boko Haram. The jihadist group is urging residents of Mubi to return after its takeover of the eastern town; 13,000 residents are reported to have fled into Cameroon.
A suicide bomber dressed in a school uniform killed at least 48 and wounded 79 at a high school in northern Nigeria. Unknown gunmen abducted the brother of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Adamawa state, "one of the states worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency." Boko Haram took over the town of Malam Fatori, and 315 Nigerian troops are reported to have fled to Niger.
At least 16 civilians and potentially "dozens of militants" were killed when Boko Haram attacked and eventually took Malam Fatori in northeast Nigeria; the group also killed two people and razed churches in Whitambaya village, also in Borno state. Boko Haram renamed the captured town of Gwoza to Darul Hikma (House of Wisdom). The governor of Adawama fears the jihadists will overrun his state after the group has taken over five local governments. The Nigerian military and police are advancing on Mubi in an attempt to retake the town from Boko Haram.
Over 2,000 prisoners have escaped jails in the country over the past five years, primarily as a result of jailbreaks conducted by Boko Haram. The jihadist group has renamed the recently captured town of Mubi as Madinatul Islam (City of Islam). Boko Haram raided a cement plant in northeastern Nigeria and stole truckloads of dynamite.