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The Nigerian Islamist group Ansaru claimed the kidnapping of a French engineer, saying it was retribution for France's ban on the niqab and the French role in Mali. Ansaru is believed to be an offshoot of Boko Haram. The UK added the al Qaeda-linked Ansaru to its terrorist list last month.
Two suicide car bombers attacked the offices of two mobile phone firms in Kano; the bombers died, and a security guard was injured. Boko Haram is suspected in the attacks.
France said al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was likely behind the kidnapping of a Frenchman in Katsina; the local police claimed it looked like an "inside job." A court admitted into evidence over 200 pieces of improvised explosives in the case of six Boko Haram suspects arrested in July 2011.
A group of 30 gunmen stormed a residence in Katsina state near the Niger border, killed a security guard and a neighbor, and kidnapped a French engineer. The group threw a grenade at a police station following the kidnapping.
Security forces killed three Boko Haram fighters after the terror group launched an attack on a police headquarters in Potiskum. One policeman was killed in the attack.
The Joint Task Force killed four Boko Haram "sub-commanders," including two IED experts, during a series of raids in Maiduguri. Officials said the commanders were identified after Abduulkareem Ibrahim was killed last week.
Suspected Boko Haram militants used machetes and guns to kill 10 Christians after setting fire to their homes in Chibok in Borno state. Militants also burned down three churches in Gamboru in Borno.
Gunmen dressed as soldiers stormed into a pub in the predominantly Christian Barkin Ladi region of Plateau state, killing 10 civilians. The army denied any connection to the attack.
A "large number of gunmen" attacked the Abuja SARS police base, freeing 30 detainees. All but five were recaptured, and police said two of the attackers were arrested.
The Nigerian military offered rewards for information leading to the arrest of Boko Haram's top leaders. The military offered $312,500 for the group's emir, Abubakar Shekau; $156,000 each for four senior leaders; and $62,500 for 14 commanders.
The Joint Task Force claimed it killed Ibn Saleh Ibrahim and several of his lieutenants during a series of raids in Maiduguri. Ibrahim commanded Boko Haram forces in the city and is said to be responsible for killing a general.