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A female suicide bomber detonated in a market in Azare in Bauchi state, killing at least 12 people; a similar bombing in Azare on Nov. 7 killed 13 people. Boko Haram is suspected in both attacks. Borno state is planning to use civilian JTF forces to provide security for schools. The military claimed to have retaken Chibok in Borno from Boko Haram.
Boko Haram has reportedly retaken Chibok, site of the infamous kidnapping of more than 200 school girls in April. A Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashed in Yolo, Adamawa State, killing all three crew members. A coalition of Nigerian Army, "local hunters, and civilian vigilantes" are reported to have recaptured the towns of Mubi and Maiha from Boko Haram.
A female suicide bomber detonated explosives near a government college in northern Nigeria, injuring at least three people. The US State Department responded to criticism by the Nigerian ambassador about a lack of military assistance in the fight against terrorism, stating there had been "a great deal" of aid, while acknowledging that attack helicopters had been held back due to local inability to use them.
The Nigerian ambassador to the US blasted the US for refusing to sell arms to support his country's fight against Boko Haram. The jihadist group is urging residents of Mubi to return after its takeover of the eastern town; 13,000 residents are reported to have fled into Cameroon.
A suicide bomber dressed in a school uniform killed at least 48 and wounded 79 at a high school in northern Nigeria. Unknown gunmen abducted the brother of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Adamawa state, "one of the states worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency." Boko Haram took over the town of Malam Fatori, and 315 Nigerian troops are reported to have fled to Niger.
At least 16 civilians and potentially "dozens of militants" were killed when Boko Haram attacked and eventually took Malam Fatori in northeast Nigeria; the group also killed two people and razed churches in Whitambaya village, also in Borno state. Boko Haram renamed the captured town of Gwoza to Darul Hikma (House of Wisdom). The governor of Adawama fears the jihadists will overrun his state after the group has taken over five local governments. The Nigerian military and police are advancing on Mubi in an attempt to retake the town from Boko Haram.
Over 2,000 prisoners have escaped jails in the country over the past five years, primarily as a result of jailbreaks conducted by Boko Haram. The jihadist group has renamed the recently captured town of Mubi as Madinatul Islam (City of Islam). Boko Haram raided a cement plant in northeastern Nigeria and stole truckloads of dynamite.
A suicide bomber targeting an Ashoura procession of Shiites killed at least 29 people in northeast Yobe state. In central Kogi state, 132 inmates are at large after militants blew their way into the prison with explosives; one inmate died, eight were recaptured, and four surrendered. Boko Haram is suspected in both attacks. Upcoming elections are imperiled after the government's false declaration of a ceasefire with the jihadist group, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakr declared "the insurgency 'a crisis of leadership' by the federal government."
Five military commanders were arrested for abandoning Mubi in the face of a Boko Haram assault last Wednesday; 350 children are "feared missing" after the attack. The UK Minister of State pledged "support" for Nigeria, but stressed that "it is for the Nigerian authorities to resolve the matter."
Boko Haraam leader Abubakar Shekau has denied the government's previous announcement of a ceasefire or any pending agreement to release girls kidnapped by the group in April. He also said the girls have been converted to Islam and "married ... off" and threatened to kill a German hostage. A car bomb killed at least 23 people and injured scores more in the city of Gombe in northeast Nigeria. A report claims that 41 members of Boko Haraam were beheaded by militia in the Gur area following a failed attack.
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.