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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.
Nigeria's claims that an Iran-backed cell was planning attacks on US and Israeli interests as well as former Nigeria officials were rejected by Iran. The allegations were "made up as the result of the ill will of the enemies of the two countries' good relations," according to Iran's deputy foreign minister.
Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Bilad al-Sudan), a Nigerian jihadist group that announced its formation in June 2012, claimed the recent kidnapping of seven foreigners at a construction site in Bauchi. The group said the kidnappings were a response to alleged transgressions against Islam by European countries in "many places such as Afghanistan and Mali etc."
The Islamist group Ansaru claimed the kidnapping of seven foreign workers at a construction site in the northern state of Bauchi on Feb. 17. The group first blew up two vehicles at a police station in Jama'are, then moved on to the Setraco construction site, killing a guard before taking the seven hostages. Another police station and a prison in Bauchi were also attacked the same day.
Boko Haram is suspected of kidnapping a Briton, an Italian, a Greek and four Lebanese workers from a construction site in Bauchi. The military is establishing a task force to deal with terrorist attacks.
The Kano state police commissioner ordered the arrest of three journalists at Wazobia FM radio after nine polio vaccination workers were killed on Feb. 8, accusing the journalists of broadcasting comments that sparked the attacks. One of the journalists was released today. There is no evidence linking the broadcast to the murders.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on motorbikes killed nine polio health workers in Kano. Some Muslim leaders in Kano claim the vaccination campaign is a plot against Muslim children.
Suspected Boko Haram fighters killed six park rangers and captured several more in an attack at the Sambisa game reserve. The attack was apparently in reprisal for a military assault on a Boko Haram camp last week.
Security forces killed 17 Boko Haram fighters during two raids on training camps in Borno state. One soldier was also killed in the fighting. The raids occur despite a supposed truce that is being observed by Boko Haram.
Boko Haram fighters murdered and then beheaded five people in Maiduguri. The military said it killed two Boko Haram fighters in the city and detained three more. President Goodluck Jonathan said the military is in Mali to protect Nigerian citizens.