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Suspected Boko Haram militants on motorbikes stormed a construction site in Yobe state and stole about 275 pounds of dynamite. Nigeria began pulling some of its 1,200 soldiers out of Mali to help confront the Islamist insurgency at home. Hackers infiltrated the computer system of the army headquarters in Abuja, sending out fraudulent messages.
Security forces detained 42 suspected Boko Haram fighters during raids in the states of Lagos and Ogun. Intelligence indicates that Boko Haram is moving some of its fighters to the south. Armed militias, supported by the military, continue to patrol Maiduguri in an attempt to protect neighborhoods from Boko Haram.
Security agencies issued a "red alert" after receiving credible intelligence of bombings being planned for locations inside the country near the end of Ramadan. Several bomb blasts rocked the northern city of Kano, killing at least 29 people and injuring scores more. Nigerian prosecutors added charges of money laundering and smuggling to the terror charges already filed against three Lebanese Hezbollah operatives.
A military spokesman said that Boko Haram gunmen killed 20 civilians and wounded a dozen others in Dawashe in Borno state after a civilian vigilante group had arrived in the village to look for insurgents. No information was given as to insurgent casualties. The vigilante leader claimed that the insurgents killed five vigilantes and 20 civilians who were mostly fishermen and traders.
Three suspected Boko Haram gunmen who reportedly stormed a mosque in Maiduguri with the intention of killing the imam were themselves killed by angry members of the congregation; security forces claimed Boko Haram was not involved. Local residents in southern Kaduna state killed five gunmen from a militant group who were attacking a village. Protests were held across Nigeria yesterday against a proposal by an Islamist politician to allow marriage to youth under the age of 18.
Unidentified gunmen attacked a divisional police headquarters in Kaduna state, killing two policemen. The government is said to be planning to pull some of its 1,200 soldiers out of the UN peacekeeping force in Mali, "because of the domestic situation in Nigeria."
A court denied bail to Mustapha Fawaz, Abdallah Thahini, and Talal Ahmad Roda, three Lebanese Hezbollah members who are suspected of plotting attacks on Israeli and Western targets in Nigeria; a fourth suspect remains at large. The military lifted a phone blackout in Adamawa state that had been imposed in May when Adamawa, Yobe, and Borno were placed in a state of emergency due to Boko Haram attacks.
Yesterday Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, the head of the government's amnesty committee, announced the signing of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, saying Boko Haram members had agreed to lay down their arms. Today Turkaki said the deal had not yet been finalized but that Boko Haram was already observing the ceasefire. Influential Boko Haram member Imam Muhammadu Marwana confirmed the agreement; he also denied the group was responsible for the recent school attack in Yobe that killed at least 30 students. Four members of Boko Haram were sentenced to life in prison for bomb attacks on an electoral office and a church in 2012 in which 19 people were killed. Only a few of the hundreds of militants said to have been arrested have been taken to court, and the recent life terms are the heaviest sentences given to Boko Haram members so far.
Schools in Yobe state were ordered to be closed after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a school dormitory with guns and bombs yesterday, killing 42 people. The military killed 22 Boko Haram militants during a raid in Yobe on July 4. Yobe state authorities asked the military to restore mobile phone service, which has been cut off since mid-May as a means of preventing insurgent communications. The Joint Task Force Commander in Yobe state recently claimed that Boko Haram attacks had been curtailed.
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 29 students as well as a teacher in an attack on a boarding school near Potiskum in Yobe state. The attackers set the school on fire, then shot students as they tried to flee; a number of students were burnt to death, and some reports put the death toll at 42.
Vigilantes in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, burned the home of Mala Othman, a politician accused of supporting the Islamist terror group Boko Haram. Human Rights Watch urged Nigeria to prosecute grave crimes by Boko Haram, not incorporate them into an amnesty deal. The head of the amnesty committee asked Islamic leaders to convince Boko Haram to engage in dialogue with the government.
Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked seven villages in Borno state with IEDs and petrol bombs, killing 15 people, burning houses, and seizing livestock and food. Police confiscated weapons and police uniforms from a Boko Haram hideout in Yobe state. Some 30 gunmen stormed a medium-security prison in Ondo state and freed 175 inmates. A youth vigilante group in Maiduguri detained two women who were each smuggling an AK-47, a pistol, and an IED under heavy veils.
The government accused Mustapha Fawaz, Abdalah Tahini, and Talal Rouda of arms importation offenses as well as training and serving with Hezbollah; the three Lebanese men pled not guilty and have filed a counterclaim against top Nigerian officials for unlawful detention. Defence officials displayed weapons and communications equipment seized during the military's ongoing offensive against Boko Haram in the north, including computers, GSM phones, video devices, rocket launchers, and locally made rockets.
Boko Haram fighters who had holed up in the Sambisa Game Reserve seized the towns of Bama and Gwoza in Borno state and warned civil servants and Christians to leave or be killed; thousands of residents have fled. The government banned the use of cellphones in northern Nigeria because they have been used by Boko Haram for attacks. Borno state officials said Boko Haram has burned down 50 primary schools.
Abu Zinnira, a Boko Haram spokesperson, claimed that the group will begin targeting youth vigilante groups that have formed recently in Borno and Yobe states to counter Boko Haram's violence. Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters are said to have regrouped in the Mandara mountains, between Borno and Adamawara states and Cameroon; there the militants have killed two district heads, a retired pastor, and a school principal; burnt four churches; and pillaged a number of towns. In northern Zamfara state, about 150 heavily armed gunmen on motorcycles killed some 50 civilians and set houses and shops on fire. A Frenchman was rescued from pirates in a joint operation by the Nigerian Navy and French Marines.
Suspected Islamists stormed a school in Maiduguri and shot nine students dead. Two days ago, suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed two teachers and seven students in an attack at a school in Damaturu in Yobe state. The insurgents also attacked a nearby military checkpoint, wounding three soldiers critically; two insurgents were killed in the attack and three were captured.
Security forces detained a Ukrainian plane at Kano International Airport that was suspected of carrying military hardware. The impounded plane, which was said to be carrying military hardware to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was released 12 hours later. Three suspected Lebanese Hezbollah operatives arrested last month in connection to a large weapons cache in Kano are suing the Nigerian government, which has filed a counter-affidavit against them alleging they have links to terrorist organizations.