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The government extended emergency rule in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe, in an effort to crush the Boko Haram insurgency. In Kano state, Nigerian forces killed two Boko Haram militants and recovered weapons and ammunition.
Hours after Nigeria's ambassador to the US claimed Nigeria was opposed to the recent Foreign Terrorist Organization designation of Boko Haram, as "Nigeria is safe and capable of curtailing the group," a Boko Haram raid killed 26 civilians and razed 40 houses in Borno state. In Abuja, a Boko Haram member was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the April 26, 2012 bombing of newspaper offices in Kaduna.
President Jonathan extended the state of emergency in Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa states due to "security challenges"; the Adamawa state governor objected. A Nigerian official said Nigeria needs Cameroon's help in order to "silence" Boko Haram; Cameroon claims to have already stepped up security along the Nigerian border. The UN said Boko Haram members could be considered war criminals. The Army killed seven Boko Haram militants in Bama in Borno. The police banned "political, socio-cultural or religious gatherings" at airports.
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed over 30 members of a wedding party in Adamawa state. Kano residents foiled an arson attack on a PDP party office. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video claiming an Oct. 24 attack that killed 35 soldiers. President Jonathan was asked to cancel the visit of Bill Gates for fear it may trigger Boko Haram attacks on polio workers. The government is building an integrated data and information infrastructure system to help address the security challenges posed by Boko Haram.
The military claimed to have destroyed terrorist camps in Borno state and seized several vehicles used by Boko Haram. A captured Boko Haram member said the group had doctors, mechanics, welders, carpenters, professional drivers, "butchers, security experts, gun instructors and so on," in its ranks, and that members from Chad, Cameroon, and Niger participate in attacks.
The military claimed to have killed 74 Boko Haram insurgents during an air and ground assault on their camps in Borno state; other insurgents are said to have fled, and two soldiers were injured. The military imposed a 24-hour curfew on Yobe state after insurgent attacks in Damaratu. Police banned the sale of all forms of explosives, including fireworks, in Kano. The military released three of six suspected Boko Haram members arrested at Maiduguri airport. The trial of 17 alleged Boko Haram members in Lagos Federal High Court was adjourned for the third time and journalists were barred from the proceedings.
Pirates kidnapped two US sailors from a US ship off the coast of Nigeria; US authorities are not treating it as terrorism. Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 18 civilians and injured 12 others in Borno state. Dr. Bello Hakeem Baba Ahmed, a member of the government committee appointed to negotiate with the al Qaeda-linked group, claimed that Boko Haram is purely a Nigerian issue, unconnected with any other international terror organization. He also claimed that 90 percent of Boko Haram's leaders have been killed, "so the rest want to fight and die."
Trial began for two Nigerians, Abdullahi Mustapha Berende and Saidi Adewumi, who are accused of recruiting for an Iran-based terrorist organization; the judge ordered a determination as to whether their confessions had been coerced. Islamic police in Kano publicly paraded 150 people accused of violating sharia law, as part of a new campaign to enforce the Islamic code, which is governing law in nine of Nigeria's 37 states. This week's arrests were the first to include men; previously only women were targeted for enforcement.
Boko Haram gunmen wearing army uniforms killed 19 civilians in Borno state near Logumani, close to the Cameroon border. The attackers forced motorists to stop and exit their vehicles, then shot some of the victims and hacked the others to death. The militants also burned five trucks, then fled after reportedly receiving a phone call that the military was on its way; phone service is said to have been suspended in the area for months. The head of a local vigilante group said the militants had tried to attack the nearby town of Gamboru Ngala two days ago but were repelled.
An Adamawa state official said that over 3,000 residents of the Gwoza and Bama areas of Borno state have fled to Adamawa to escape fighting between Boko Haram and government forces. The governor of Ebonyi state called on Nigerians to rise up against Boko Haram. Amnesty International urged investigation into the alleged deaths of hundreds of Boko Haram militants in Nigerian detention; the Interior Minister dismissed the allegation as "not true."