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The army claimed it killed at least 50 Boko Haram members fleeing towards Cameroon yesterday and destroyed over 20 of the group's vehicles; 15 soldiers and five civilians are also said to have been killed in the clash. The army chief of staff testified that eight "squatters" killed by soldiers in Apo three months ago were suspected Boko Haram members who had opened fire on the troops.
Suspected Islamist militants stormed a factory in Kano, shooting at workers and taking the owner, a Lebanese man, hostage; a man and a woman were wounded in the attack. President Jonathan said that recent accusations by former leader Olusegun Obasanjo threatened national security and "set the stage for subversion."
Kabiru Umar, who plotted Boko Haram's 2011 Christmas Day attack on a Catholic church in Niger state, was sentenced to life imprisonment. Boko Haram attacked another military base in Borno, this time in the town of Bama.
The military killed 12 Boko Haram fighters in Adamawa state. Nigeria has unveiled a locally produced UAV aimed to bolster domestic defense. One Greek and one Ukrainian were kidnapped when their oil tanker was seized by pirates.
The Independent National Electoral Commission said it would refuse to hold elections in 2015 in states under emergency rule. The governor of Borno state objected, saying that suspending elections during emergency rule because of Boko Haram would be a setback in the fight against terror.
Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the Dec. 2 Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri. At least 25 Boko Haram fighters were killed yesterday near the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway; an unconfirmed report stated that six Boko Haram fighters were arrested in connection to the attack.
At least nine people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack along the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway. The military has claimed that Boko Haram is forcefully conscripting in Borno to replenish its numbers.
President Jonathan has given his support to the creation of an African rapid response force that could help fight Boko Haram. A Human Rights Commission is investigating rights abuses and illegal detention centers used to imprison suspected Boko Haram fighters.
According to President Jonathan, the Maiduguri attack confirms Boko Haram's external sponsorship, and that poverty is not a factor in the insurgency. Borno state's governor will give N100 million in compensation to Boko Haram victims. Borno has faced an upsurge in suspected Boko Haram abductions along a major motorway.
Investigations have begun into suspected Boko Haram collaborators within the military after the Maiduguri attack. An interim report regarding a probe has been written, and President Jonathan will soon be briefed.
A Defense Headquarters Joint Investigation Team has recommended that Nigeria immediately try 500 of the 1,400 Boko Haram suspects detained in and around Maiduguri. It also recommended releasing another 167, while 614 whose cases were inconclusive have been recommended for review.
The government will seek foreign help in training and information-sharing, but has ruled out seeking military assistance to fight terrorism after the latest Boko Haram raid. One of Nigeria's largest opposition parties has called for a probe into intelligence failures before the attack, and questioned how several hundred militants could strike a military facility in a large city without prior warning. The trial of 17 suspected Boko Haram members in Lagos will be held behind closed doors.