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Boko Haram overruns Multinational Joint Task Force base

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters assaulted and took control of the Multinational Joint Task Force base in Baga, Nigeria. The base was used by troops from Nigeria, Niger, and Chad to conduct counterterrorism missions.


Boko Haram fighters took over a Nigerian military base in the Borno state town of Baga yesterday, killing a number of people and sending others fleeing into neighboring Chad. The base housed Nigerian, Chadian, and Nigerien troops from a joint task force. Suspected Boko Haram fighters also stormed the town of Babban Gida in Yobe state yesterday, where they destroyed buildings. The UN sought to stay the execution of 54 Nigerian soldiers who are accused of mutiny and disobeying orders to attack Boko Haram fighters in Borno state in August. Bomb disposal experts defused explosives found near the home of an Islamic scholar in Jos, the capital of central Plateau state on Jan. 2; two days earlier, gunmen attacked the village of Katoma in Plateau, beheading one resident and killing at least one other also.




Boko Haram seizes 40 boys, men in northern Nigeria: witnesses




With Schoolgirls Taken by Boko Haram Still Missing, US-Nigeria Ties Falter




At least 6 killed by suicide bomb in bus in Nigeria's Yobe state: witness




A 13-year-old would-be suicide bomber who was arrested before she could detonate explosives in the city of Kano claimed that her father gave her to Boko Haram terrorists. A court martial sentenced four soldiers to death for "mutiny and failure to obey lawful orders"; a Nigerian Army battalion commander was cleared on charges of authoring a petition to the president stating "the military was incapacitated to end Boko Haram insurgency in some northern states."




African leaders demand action in Libya




Nigerian Islamic uprising poses regional threat




A new video released by Boko Haram shows its fighters executing civilians, purportedly in the town of Bama. The jihadist group also attacked the towns of Damboa and Damagun in northeastern Yobe state on Dec. 19; at least 35 militants were killed in Damboa, and the group burned some buildings in Damagun before being repulsed by security forces.




Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them




Boko Haram fighters storm Nigerian village, kidnap over 100 women and children

The terrorist group is suspected of attacking yet another village in northeastern Nigeria and kidnapping more than 100 civilians, including women and children.


"Scores" of suspected Boko Haram fighters were arrested near the capital of Borno state after fleeing the town of Bama disguised as refugees. The UN estimates that the number of refugees displaced by the jihadist group in northern Nigeria has reached 1.5 million.




Boko Haram 'will be defeated:' leading Nigerian emir




Nigerian troops win back cities from extremists




A double suicide attack has killed more than 40 people at a bus station in the city of Jos in central Nigeria. Boko Haram, assumed to be behind the attack, is described as "the Other Islamic State" in a NYT timeline of the recent violence.




Boko Haram: The Other Islamic State




Nigeria has released a seized Russian plane carrying military helicopters after "clarification" from the French government. The Nigerian military arrested a Boko Haram photographer among other jihadists in Adamawa state. The military claimed it has recaptured Mubi, Gombi, Maiha and Hong in Adamawa State from the terrorist group.




Nigerian authorities seized a Russian airplane bound for Chad carrying two helicopters, a bullet-proof vehicle, and various heavy weapons. The crew has been variously reported as being Ukrainian and "French-speaking." Ten Nigerian soldiers and over 70 Boko Haram fighters were reportedly killed when the jihadist group attempted to overrun the town of Ashaka in Borno state. Gunmen staged a jailbreak at Minna prison in Tunga in central Niger state, freeing more than 200 prisoners (also reported as 270). More than 10,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram-related violence over the past 12 months, a casualty level comparable to the civilian casualty figures in Iraq for the same period.




Faced with Boko Haram, Cameroon weighs death penalty for terrorism




More than 220 people have been killed after the Boko Haram attack on Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, on Dec. 1; one report claims the toll included more than 150 militants, six soldiers, and 33 policemen. A teenage female suicide bomber was caught by civilian defense personnel at a roadblock before she could detonate explosives at the Maiduguri market in the capital of Borno state. The market has been hit twice by suicide bombers in the past week, killing at least 86 people.