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Boko Haram Targets Political Figures in String of Attacks




Boko Haram strikes across northeastern Nigeria and in Cameroon

Suspected Boko Haram fighters launched attacks across Nigeria's north and east and ventured into neighboring Cameroon, kidnapping the deputy minister's wife and a local religious leader. In separate attacks over the past two days, three female suicide bombers detonated in the capital of Kano state.


Suspected Boko Haram militants threw a bomb at a Catholic church in Kano, killing at least five people and wounding eight more. A teenage female suicide bomber detonated near Kano University, killing herself and wounding five police officers. Kano police arrested three suspects in connection with the church attack and two more linked to a failed attempt to bomb the Isyaku Rabiu Mosque. On July 25, police clashed with a Shiite Islamist movement in Zaria in Kaduna state; 35 people were said to have been killed.




Boko Haram consolidates power in northeastern Nigeria

As Boko Haram continues its offensive across northeastern Nigeria, the Nigerian government and other players are taking steps to combat the group.


A suspected Boko Haram bombing at a bus park in a largely Christian area of the predominantly Muslim city of Kano killed "scores" of passengers. In Borno state, Boko Haram militants killed the district head and 11 others in Garubula, killed two vigilante youth in Gamboru Ngala near the Cameroon border, shot dead five people in Damboa, and blew up a bridge linking Maiduguri and Gambora Ngala.




2 bombings in northern Nigerian city of Kaduna




Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 82 people in two bombings in Kaduna state. The first attack was carried out by a suicide bomber reportedly targeting the convoy of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who had just given a Ramadan lecture. The body of a crew member of a helicopter that crashed in Borno state is missing. Pirates trying to steal a gunboat from an oil rig in Bayelsa state clashed with police; some of the attackers were said to have been killed.




Boko Haram gains ground

Launching more attacks, Boko Haram hoisted its flag in a northeastern Nigerian town where it recently killed over 100 civilians.


An Air Force helicopter crashed near Bama in Borno state yesterday. Boko Haram militants killed 60 residents of Gaidamgari in Bama on July 19, in retaliation for the town's refusal to allow the terror group to take its teenage boys as fighters. Boko Haram has reportedly taken over half of Borno state, and the group's black Islamist flag is flying over Damboa, a town of 15,000 people near the Sambisa Forest. The military said it is not conceding any state to the terrorists. The government has closed some hotels and markets in the Federal Capital Territory until adequate security measures are in place.




Nigeria Boko Haram attack causes over 15,000 to flee




Nigeria's free-wheeling media fears crackdown over Boko Haram battle




Boko Haram kills more than 100 in Nigerian town: activist




France's Hollande warns of Islamist threat in West Africa




Suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked and burned the town of Damboa in Borno state, killing "scores" of residents. The military had left Damboa unprotected after a July 6 Boko Haram attack on a police station and army camp in the town. Witnesses said a Christian clergyman who was shot during a Boko Haram attack in the Borno village of Dille on July 14 was butchered by the attackers, and his wife and children are missing. Gunmen tried to kill National Conference delegate Jeremiah Useni in Plateau state.




Suspected Boko Haram militants killed over 27 people in Sabon Gari in Borno state. Police arrested Mohammed Zakari, 30, a top Boko Haram operative and self-professed "chief butcher," along with other insurgents fleeing counterterrorism operations in Balmo forest in Bauchi state. Aminu Ogwuche, a key planner of the Boko Haram the bombing at Nyanya, was extradited from Sudan; born in the UK, Ogwuche had served in Nigerian military intelligence before deserting in 2006. President Jonathan is seeking a $1 billion loan to upgrade military equipment for the battle against Boko Haram. The Adamawa state assembly impeached former governor Murtala Nyako for gross misconduct.




Boko Haram leader fires back at Twitter campaign

In a new video claiming responsibility for recent attacks, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau mocked the campaign to bring the kidnapped girls back, while threatening local leaders and calling for the release of Boko Haram members currently held in Nigerian prisons. A Nigerian military airstrike attempted to counter the latest Boko Haram attack in Borno state.


Police announced the discovery of a Boko Haram plot to bomb motor parks in Abuja, the capital city. Boko Haram issued a video taking credit for recent bombings in Lagos that the government had blamed on gas leaks, mocking attempts to rescue the kidnapped schoolgirls, and stating support for the leaders of the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and the Taliban. Education activist Malala Yousafzai plans to visit Nigeria to campaign for the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls. Boko Haram bombers destroyed an important bridge on the MaiduguĀ­ri-Damboa-Biu Road in northern Nigeria. Information Minister Maku noted that over the past two years terror attacks appear to have been timed to detract from positive news about the Jonathan administration.




Recent attacks on more than seven villages in Kaduna state by suspected "Fulani herdsmen" have killed at least 160 people and displaced over 24,000. The military claimed that during "mopping up operations" in Balmo forest it has discovered underground Boko Haram armories containing weapons, explosives, and military uniforms.




The government has begun investigating links between several politicians and terrorist activities in the Balmo forest in Bauchi and Jigawa states, where security forces conducted a clearing operation over the weekend. Two former military heads of state met with President Jonathan and Adamawa governor Murtala Nyako and in an effort to stave off impeachment proceedings against Nyako, who has refused to recant the accusation that the government is conducting genocide in northern Nigeria and using the military campaign against Boko Haram to kill northerners.




More than 60 Nigerian schoolgirls escape Boko Haram abductors