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The leader of the Middle Belt Youths Focus warned that it would retaliate if Boko Haram and allied Muslim herdsmen continue to attack Christians. The Joint Military Task Force ended operations in Jos that sought to root out those conducting attacks in the region.
A suicide bomber killed five people in an attack at a mosque in Maiduguri on Friday. The attack appears to have targeted a senior Muslim leader and the deputy governor of Borno state.
The al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram claimed the recent attacks on Christian villages near Jos that killed at least 58 people, saying that Christians "will not know peace again" until they accept Islam. Blame had initially fallen on Muslim herdsmen, and there is speculation that Boko Haram may have "acted with local communities."
Scores of armed men, some in police uniforms and bulletproof vests, attacked Christian villages near Jos, killing 14 civilians and two policemen; 21 attackers also died. A military spokesman blamed Muslim cattle herders in the area for the attacks, but they denied responsibility.
Two Nigerians, Lukaman Babatunde and Olaniyi Lawal, were accused of membership in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and charged with using AQAP funds to recruit fighters in Nigeria and send them to Yemen. Boko Haram, a Nigerian group linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has sent fighters to Mali to support AQIM forces there.
Seventeen "extremists" and one policemen were killed during fighting at police stations and a prison in Kano yesterday. Three Boko Haram fighters were also detained as police repelled the attacks.