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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.

Five Boko Haram fighters and two policemen were killed after the Islamist group attacked a police station in Yobe. Security forces imposed a curfew in Yobe after the attack.

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.

Security forces killed 14 suspected members of Boko Haram during a raid on a house in Kano; a woman and child were said to be among the dead. Gunmen killed a policeman in Borno state, and a telecommunications mast was burned down near Damboa.

Officials said more than 50 people have been killed near the central city of Jos over the past week in clashes between Muslims and Christians. Last night, gunmen armed with assault rifles attacked the village of Ratas for two hours before fleeing.

The Joint Task Force raided a "militant" compound in Kano and uncovered a massive weapons cache; the "chief armorer" was killed and another militant was captured. A British national who was kidnapped in Lagos last week has been freed.

"Gunmen" killed 28 people, including a police officer, in Plateau. The director of Defense information said Boko Haram is "fighting their last battle."

Boko Haram fighters killed a policeman and torched a police station and communications towers in Bara in Yobe state. Police raided a suspected hideout for Chadian and Malian "terrorists" in Lagos.

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 25 people in four simultaneous attacks in Ganye in Adamawa state near the border with Cameroon. In the coordinated assault, the assailants attacked a bar, a bank, a prisoner warder, and a prison, freeing prisoners and setting fire to a police station, a prison, and several hotels and bars. Suspected Boko Haram militants also conducted three bombings in Kano, including an attempted a suicide attack, injuring several policemen; and shot a security guard in Maiduguri.

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