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Boko Haram attacked the town of Mubi, again violating the recent ceasefire with the government as negotiations are ongoing in Chad. The group ransacked the local emir's palace, freed jailed militants, burned houses, and killed "several people." The Nigerian air force launched airstrikes in retaliation.
A government spokesman and Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs have stated that negotiations with Boko Haram to release more than 200 school girls kidnapped in April are still underway, despite the terrorist group's violation of a ceasefire. The group kidnapped 60 additional women and girls on Oct. 22, after the agreement was announced.
Boko Haram kidnapped 30 more boys and girls from the town of Mafa, casting further doubt on a recently announced ceasefire with the government. A Human Rights Watch report detailed the torture, forced conversion, and other abuse of previously held captives at the hands of the terrorist group.
Despite yesterday's bombing and the kidnapping of 60 additional women and girls by Boko Haram on Oct. 22, an official with Chad's foreign ministry has asserted that the deal between the terrorist group and the government of Nigeria to free the 219 girls kidnapped in April will go forward.
Despite a reported ceasefire brokered between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram that would include the release of 219 school girls kidnapped in April by the terrorist group, an explosion killed 5 and wounded 12 near a bus station in northern Nigeria today. On Oct. 22, Boko Haram raided Waga Mongor and kidnapped an additional 45 girls.
The government said it repatriated 82 foreigners for "nefarious activities that could undermine the security of Nigeria." The military claimed to be conducting operations based on "active intelligence on Boko Haram positions" obtained from "a newly established intelligence sharing mechanism."
Boko Haram fighters beheaded seven people in Ngambu in Borno state. A prominent Catholic priest said that Boko Haram has burned down 185 churches and displaced more than 190,000 people from their homes during their recent campaign in Borno and Adamawa. Niger, Cameroon, and Chad said the countries would create a multinational force to battle Boko Haram.
Boko Haram released a new video purporting to show leader Abubakar Shekau dismissing reports of his death; the Nigerian military said it is studying the video but maintains that Shekau is dead. In proceedings closed to journalists, the High Court in Lagos sentenced three Boko Haram members each to 25 years in prison for terrorism offenses; 14 other suspects arrested with them last year have been released.
The military claimed it killed more than 40 Boko Haram insurgents in clashes in Damboa, Konduga, and Beneshek in Borno state over the past three days. The Boko Haram fighters attempting to take Konduga yesterday arrived in a dozen trucks, but were repelled. The military said 11 soldiers were killed and three were missing after the operations, which also included a raid in Shindig. A presidential adviser indicated that Russia may supply logistics and equipment to support Nigerian operations against Boko Haram. A former US ambassador to Nigeria said there is not much "hard intelligence on the internal dynamics of Boko Haram's leadership."
The Nigerian military claimed it killed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau's 'impersonator.' The military also claimed that 223 Boko Haram fighters surrendered in Biu and Yadi, and another 45 were captured in Mubi. Boko Haram killed 20 people, including a pastor, in an attack on the villages of Shaffa and Shindiffu in Borno.
Security forces are investigating reports that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was killed by Cameroonian military forces on Sept. 17 in northern Nigeria. A number of Boko Haram fighters surrendered after clashes with the Nigerian military in Konduga that reportedly left some 50 insurgents dead. Boko Haram has been negotiating since August with government and International Red Cross Officials about releasing kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.
The Army claimed to have repelled another Boko Haram attack on Konduga in Borno state and killed several insurgents; three vehicles and an armored personnel carrier were captured, as well as weapons. A bomb went off and gunfire was heard at a teacher training college in Kano city; multiple casualties are feared. Gunmen described as suspected Fulani herders attacked three villages in Kaduna state, killing at least 32 villagers and burning down houses, after first ambushing an army patrol and killing a soldier and wounding several others. Last month the military quietly retired Maj. Gen. Abubakar Mohammed, the commanding officer in Maiduguri who was attacked by mutinous troops in May; 12 soldiers have been sentenced to death for the attack.
The head of a Lagos megachurch whose guesthouse suddenly collapsed on Sept. 12, killing at least 44 people, said he had been threatened by Boko Haram and accused the group of causing the building to collapse. About 130 people, mainly women, have been rescued from the rubble of the building. Speculation continued as to the whereabouts of a Nigerian military jet that disappeared in Adamawa state on Sept. 12.