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At least 20 people were killed when suspected Boko Baram militants detonated a bomb at a busy market in Bama in Borno state yesterday. Two days earlier, the terror group reportedly attacked a market in nearby Nguro Soye, killing as many as 30 people. Secondary schools in Borno have been closed indefinitely due to Boko Haram attacks since last week. The head of the pro-democracy National Youth Leaders Forum said 3,000 of its members have been killed by Boko Haram. The military claimed to have captured a Cameroonian who supplied weapons to the terror group.




Over 100 civilians were killed when some 40 gunmen attacked three villages on March 14, killing men, women, and children and burning houses to the ground, in central Kaduna state; the attack is being blamed on Fulani herdsmen but Boko Haram is also suspected. Security forces killed eight terrorists in an ambush in Yobe state.




As Nigerians Flee Northeast, Insurgents Gain Ground




The military claimed to have killed 207 Boko Haram fighters after the terror group attacked a detention center at a military base in Maiduguri and freed "dozens" of militants. Sources claimed that security forces managed to capture at least 50 escaping Boko Haram militants, including Arabs, Malians, and Chadians. At least four civilians, as well as some of the escaped Boko Haram detainees, were killed, and four Nigerian soldiers were wounded. The military also claimed to have seized a large quantity of terrorist weapons near Lake Chad, and to have arrested Boko Haram militants fleeing the Maiduguri attack.




Gunmen killed over 90 people during attacks on several villages in Katsina state and set homes on fire. The attacks were blamed on Fulani herdsmen; the police chief insisted that the attackers were not Boko Haram. President Jonathan was visiting Katsina at the time of the attacks. Police rescued one of President Jonathan's uncles from kidnappers and foiled an attempt to kidnap one of his cousins.




US military presence in Africa growing in small ways




US Takes Training Role in Africa as Threats Grow and Budgets Shrink




Nigerian army losing grip on northeast as Islamists rampage




Boko Haram militants launched yet another attack in Borno state, killing as many as 40 people in the village of Jakana in Konduga, then retreated into the Sambisa forest. Nigerian authorities paraded seven Boko Haram militants suspected of murdering a moderate Muslim cleric in Kaduna state on Feb. 1; among them was Yakub Abdullahi, a Boko Haram commander for Kaduna and Niger states who had relocated to Kano from Cameroon. President Jonathan fired the heads of four aviation agencies.




Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 31 people in an attack in Mafa in Borno state; the al Qaeda-linked terror group had sent fliers warning of the attack, but when the attack came, soldiers guarding the village fled. Boko Haram has killed over 330 people already this year. An observer group said that despite a government counteroffensive and an estimated 3,600 casualties caused by Boko Haram in Nigeria's northwest since 2011, the insurgency has not been curtailed.




Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 39 people as they prepared for prayers in Mainok, a village about 30 miles from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, where Boko Haram killed over 100 people yesterday. Interior Minister Moro said Qatar-based radical Islamist preacher Abu Bilal Philips, who has been banned in Australia, UK, US, and elsewhere, was granted a visa because he is not on Nigeria's blacklist.




Nigeria, Cameroon may clash over Boko Haram




Nigerian govt has failed to protect us against Boko Haram - Shehu of Bama




A suspected Boko Haram attack in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, has killed as many as 65 people and wounded many more. Twin bombs were detonated in the densely populated Ajilari suburb this evening; a third explosion has also been reported. The Adamawa state governor and his entourage fled the village of Shuwa after hearing Boko Haram was advancing in the area; Nigeria's Director of Defense Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, contradicted the report.




Boko Haram continues its rampage in Nigeria




Boko Haram butchers students in attack on Nigerian college




Suspected Boko Haram militants assaulted a school in the village of Buni Yadi in Yobe state, killing as many as 40 students, in the first Boko Haram attack in Yobe this year. Security guards at a checkpoint outside the school withdrew a few hours before the attack. President Jonathan reportedly called the Boko Haram attacks "quite worrisome" but added that "we will get over it."




Boko Haram militants attacked again in the largely Christian village of Izghe in Borno yesterday, burning the remainder of the village to the ground. Militants from the al Qaeda-linked terror group also attacked Mairari village in Borno, killing two residents and setting homes, shops, and vehicles on fire. The opposition APC party denounced President Jonathan's plan to replace Borno governor Kashim Shettima with a military administrator, and said Jonathan is the one who should be replaced.




The Nigerian military closed the border between Adamawa state and Cameroon to prevent the infiltration of Islamist militants; the border has not been closed in neighboring Borno state. Hundreds of travelers turned off the road near Damaturu in Yobe state after reports that Boko Haram was blocking a 50-mile stretch of road into Maiduguri in Borno.




Boko Haram attacks Borno and threatens the Niger Delta