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President Jonathan declared a state of emergency in areas of Yobe, Borno, Plateau, and Niger states after attacks on Dec. 25 by al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram killed over 40 people. A counterterrorism force will be deployed to those four states, and portions of the Nigerian border with Niger, Chad, and Cameroon have been temporarily closed.
Four people were killed in a bombing at a mosque in Maiduguri. The Army has accused the al Qaeda linked Boko Haram of carrying out the attack.
About 90,000 people have been displaced in clashes between militant Islamists and security forces in Damaturu city. Assailants threw a bomb into an Arabic school, injuring seven people. Another UN staff member has died from the Aug. 26 car bombing of its Nigeria headquarters, bringing the death toll to 25.
Nigerian authorities arrested two suspects in connection with the deadly Christmas Day bombings of Catholic churches. Christianin the north said they feared that a spate of deadly bombings by Boko Haram could lead to a religious war in the country.
An explosion ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital, killing at least 25 people. Boko Haram claimed the attack and another bombing near a church in the restive city of Jos, as other explosions also struck the nation's northeast.
Gun battles between Nigerian security forces and Boko Haram killed at least 68 people in two days of fighting in northern Nigeria. Nigeria's army killed more than 50 members of the sect during fighting on Thursday and Friday in the northeastern city of Damaturu.
A series of explosions followed by street battles took place in the northern cities of Maiduguri and Damaturu. Boko Haram fighters are believed to have detonated bombs in the cities and then attacked police checkpoints and other targets. No casualties have been reported.
Security forces arrested 14 suspected Boko Haram fighters in Kano. The arrests took place after Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base there, resulting in four of its fighters and three soldiers killed.
More than 100 members of the Oodua People's Congress, a militia, marched through Lagos firing weapons in the air to protest the attacks by Boko Haram. "We are going to retaliate [against Boko Haram] if there is any bomb blast hitting any place," a leader of the group said.