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Security forces are investigating reports that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was killed by Cameroonian military forces on Sept. 17 in northern Nigeria. A number of Boko Haram fighters surrendered after clashes with the Nigerian military in Konduga that reportedly left some 50 insurgents dead. Boko Haram has been negotiating since August with government and International Red Cross Officials about releasing kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.
The Army claimed to have repelled another Boko Haram attack on Konduga in Borno state and killed several insurgents; three vehicles and an armored personnel carrier were captured, as well as weapons. A bomb went off and gunfire was heard at a teacher training college in Kano city; multiple casualties are feared. Gunmen described as suspected Fulani herders attacked three villages in Kaduna state, killing at least 32 villagers and burning down houses, after first ambushing an army patrol and killing a soldier and wounding several others. Last month the military quietly retired Maj. Gen. Abubakar Mohammed, the commanding officer in Maiduguri who was attacked by mutinous troops in May; 12 soldiers have been sentenced to death for the attack.
The head of a Lagos megachurch whose guesthouse suddenly collapsed on Sept. 12, killing at least 44 people, said he had been threatened by Boko Haram and accused the group of causing the building to collapse. About 130 people, mainly women, have been rescued from the rubble of the building. Speculation continued as to the whereabouts of a Nigerian military jet that disappeared in Adamawa state on Sept. 12.
A Nigerian Air Force jet with two pilots aboard went missing in Adamawa state on Sept. 12; the jet had been involved in fighting Boko Haram. That same day, hours after battling the Army in Konduga, about 50 Boko Haram militants stormed the village of Ngom, 12 miles outside of Maiduguri, and killed a number of residents before being repelled by vigilantes and soldiers. A pastor of a megachurch whose multistory guesthouse collapsed in Lagos on Sept. 12, killing 19 people and injuring over 100, said a small plane had circled over the building for about 30 minutes just before it suddenly collapsed and then the plane had disappeared.
A Boko Haram commander known as Amir was reportedly killed by Nigerian troops in Konduga, outside Maiduguri; the Army is claiming that some 200 Boko Haram militants have been killed, including a photojournalist for the group and a suicide bomber. The Army is said to have deployed 400 troops to intercept the militants. A Sept. 11 statement on operations around Maiduguri said only that security has been upgraded to defend against any planned attack.
The military claimed to have killed as many as 150 Boko Haram fighters who had tried to storm Konduga, about 12 miles outside of the Borno capital of Maiduguri, repelling an advance by "hundreds" of militants. Four soldiers were injured in the three-hour battle, and vehicles, weapons, and ammunition were seized from the militants. The military also claimed that coordinated air and ground operations are underway to "stabilize" villages in the northeast recently seized by Boko Haram.
Elders warned that Boko Haram has surrounded the Borno capital of Maiduguri in preparation for an attack. Residents of Bama said the military's claim to have regained control of the city is false, and that Boko Haram still holds it. Boko Haram stormed two more Christian towns in Borno and killed retired military personnel there. Vigilantes claimed to have killed 80 Boko Haram fighters in Adamawa state.
A Boko Haram spokesman reportedly claimed that Bama in Borno state remains in the hands of the terror group. Some 20 policemen are still missing following Boko Haram's attack on Gwoza last month. Residents of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, and Yolo, the capital of Adamawa, are apprehensive about Boko Haram's advance in the northeast. Lt. Col. Adeboye Obasanjo, the son of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, was wounded while battling Boko Haram in Michika in Adamawa. President Jonathan traveled to Chad to meet with his counterpart there; Jonathan was accompanied by former Borno governor Modu Sheriff, who has been suspected of links to Boko Haram.
Boko Haram fighters captured the town of Michika in Adamawa state near the Cameroon border. An Adamawa university closed due to fear of Boko Haram attacks. The military claimed to have recaptured Bama in Borno and killed 50 Boko Haram fighters. Over 20 Boko Haram militants were said to have been killed after they attacked a military official's house in Buratai in Borno. Gunmen attacked a training school for broadcast journalists in Lagos for the third time in the last three weeks, raping female students and ransacking offices as well as stealing laptops, phones, and money.
In the past five days, Boko Haram has seized three towns in Borno state, including Bama, and two in Adamawa, with a combined total population of over 170,000 people. Boko Haram militants stormed the towns, killing residents and burning homes, including that of the acting governor of Adamawa. A Borno senator warned that the terror group is planning to take over Maiduguri next.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a lengthy video in which he claimed to have created an Islamic caliphate in Gwoza in northern Nigeria's Borno state; last month Shekau had voiced his support for the leader of the Islamic State as well as leaders of al Qaeda and the Taliban. The Nigerian military dismissed Boko Haram's announcement and promised to launch an offensive soon in the northeast against the group, and security has been heightened following Boko Haram's most recent attack on a police academy in Gwoza. The academy was attacked yesterday for the third time this month, and 35 policemen have gone missing.
Boko Haram militants stormed the Liman Kara riot police training academy near Gwoza in Borno state, one of only two such facilities in Nigeria. A witness claimed that the police trainees, said to number at least 290, fled after hundreds of militants appeared on the scene. The UK is planning to send three Tornado surveillance aircraft to help Nigerian authorities find the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram this spring.
Police arrested a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber from Niger at Murtala Airport in Lagos yesterday; he said he had been sent with two others to bomb targets in the city. Boko Haram fighters killed 14 people during raids in two Borno state villages on Aug. 17. A group of about 40 soldiers in Borno state threatened mutiny if they are not given better weapons for fighting Boko Haram.