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Nine Boko Haram fighters and one soldier were killed after security forces raided a bomb factory in Ihima in Kogi state. Two security personnel were also wounded during the clash.
Security forces detained five men, including a Mauritanian, who are suspected of having ties to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb; the men are linked to the kidnapping of a German. Boko Haram fighters killed two retired prison officers in Maiduguri; one of the men is reportedly the father of Abul Qaqa, the group's spokesman.
At least two Boko Haram fighters killed themselves while detonating their explsoives-packed car as security forces raided their home in Kano. Twelve women and children were present in the home when the car exploded.
Boko Haram killed a Muslim cleric and two others in Maiduguri. The Joint Task Force killed a Boko Haram fighter during a shootout in Maiduguri.
The Joint Task Force killed nine Boko Haram fighters and detained two more during a clash in the town of Tudun Wada Dakadai in Kano state. Boko Haram fighters attacked a police station and a bank in the town.
Boko Haram said it would not participate in further talks with the government and that it would continue to wage jihad to establish sharia law in the country. "We have closed all possible doors for negotiation," said spokesman Abu Qaqa.
Talks between the government and Boko Haram have stalled after details of the negotiations were leaked to the press. The head of the Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria, who served as the mediator between the two, has resigned and blamed the government for talking to the press.
Boko Haram reportedly offered a three-month ceasefire in exchange for the release of prisoners in government custody. Boko Haram conducted 196 bombings in 2011, compared to 52 in 2010.
President Goodluck Jonathan has initiated peace talks with Boko Haram. The Nigerian government wants a ceasefire in exchange for the release of Boko Haram foot soldiers.
The "mastermind" of the kidnapping and murder of two Europeans died in custody. Police said that Ali Mohammed was the leader of a Boko Haram splinter group in Sokoto.
A Boko Haram suicide bomber killed three civilians in a bombing outside of a church in Jos. The suicide bomber was stopped before he could enter the compound. Boko Haram claimed credit for the attack.