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Security forces killed 14 suspected members of Boko Haram during a raid on a house in Kano; a woman and child were said to be among the dead. Gunmen killed a policeman in Borno state, and a telecommunications mast was burned down near Damboa.
Officials said more than 50 people have been killed near the central city of Jos over the past week in clashes between Muslims and Christians. Last night, gunmen armed with assault rifles attacked the village of Ratas for two hours before fleeing.
The Joint Task Force raided a "militant" compound in Kano and uncovered a massive weapons cache; the "chief armorer" was killed and another militant was captured. A British national who was kidnapped in Lagos last week has been freed.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 25 people in four simultaneous attacks in Ganye in Adamawa state near the border with Cameroon. In the coordinated assault, the assailants attacked a bar, a bank, a prisoner warder, and a prison, freeing prisoners and setting fire to a police station, a prison, and several hotels and bars. Suspected Boko Haram militants also conducted three bombings in Kano, including an attempted a suicide attack, injuring several policemen; and shot a security guard in Maiduguri.
Boko Haram fighters chanting ""Allahu Akbar" in Arabic assaulted a prison in Gwoza in Borno with IEDs and molotov cocktails. All of the inmates escaped from the prison; the guards did not put up any resistance.
The Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Ansaru) announced that it executed seven foreign hostages who were kidnapped last month. The Islamist group blamed rescue attempts by the British and Nigerian governments for the decision to kill the hostages. President Jonathan told Borno state elders he would not withdraw security forces unless the elders stop supporting Boko Haram. Explosions rocked Maiduguri after the president's visit.
Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base in Monguno, killing at least 20 people; a military spokesman claimed that 20 "Boko Haram terrorists" had been killed. In a recent video, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau vowed to continue attacks until an Islamic state is established in Nigeria, and disavowed any connection to a "Sheikh Mohammed Abdulaziz" who had said the group would agree to a ceasefire and peace talks.
The al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram released a video showing the French family kidnapped in Cameroon last week. Boko Haram threatened to kill the hostages, and demanded the release of male Boko Haram members being held prisoner in Cameroon and female members held in Nigeria. Gunmen killed an Adamawa monarch in Maiduguri.
Gunmen kidnapped a professor in Maiduguri a day after suspected terrorists and security forces had clashed in the same area. One person died and homes were destroyed in a clash between Muslims and Christians at a football pitch in Talaba state. Armed men shot and hacked to death 10 people in Plateau state on Feb. 21.