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A suicide car bombing in Maiduguri in Borno killed over 50 people, including 16 vigilante youth, and wounded 68 others. A bombing in Asikolaye in Kaduna wounded two people and damaged shops and cars. Boko Haram fighters yesterday stormed the Borno village of Shani, bombing and torching the police station, homes, and shops. A member of the National Conference was warned that militants are planning a big attack in Abuja in the next day or so. Special forces arrested businessman Babuji Ya'ari, said to be a leader of the Civilian JTF vigilante group, who is suspected of serving as a spy chief for Boko Haram and involvement in attacks, murders, and the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls. Two women were also arrested, including one who reportedly helped coordinate payment of Boko Haram salaries and another who served as an armorer; other members of the spy cell are said to be still at large.
Boko Haram militants armed with explosives and guns attacked several churches in Borno state near Chibok, slaughtering "dozens" of men, women, and children, and burning at least three churches to the ground. The governor of Lagos state urged vigilance following a recent car bombing in Apapa. A witness to the June 27 bombing at a Bauchi hotel said the attackers wore military uniforms. A Bayelsa state commissioner said kidnappers who abducted his elderly mother as she returned from a church vigil have threatened to cut off her head. Raiding "Fulani" militiamen in Kaduna state have killed over 200 people and ransacked and razed a number of villages over the past week.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen in military uniforms attacked a hotel in Bauchi's red light district last night, killing 14 people and injuring 28 more; one suspect was arrested. Police discovered 13 IEDs in a car parked in front of a mosque in Kano. President Jonathan admitted that the Boko Haram insurgency has curtailed his travels in the country.
A suspected Boko Haram bombing at a shopping center in an upscale part of Abuja killed at least 21 people and injured 17 more. The blast set the center ablaze and more victims are feared trapped inside. Authorities said the attackers arrived by motorbike; soldiers reportedly shot and killed one of the bombers and arrested another. Boko Haram militants traveling in a convoy of over 30 vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft guns overran a military post in Damboa in Borno, killing 16 soldiers and capturing others; many soldiers are missing. "Fulani" gunmen attacked two villages in Kaduna state, killing 38 civilians, including women and children, and injuring many more.
Suspected Boko Haram fighters raided Kumanza, Yaga, and Dagu villages in Borno, abducting 91 people, including more than 60 women. A witness said villagers were held hostage for several days before the abductions. About 30 villagers were said to have been killed in the raids. Four suspected Boko Haram members were arrested yesterday in the nearby village of Lassa when they tried to buy large quantities of food.
A suspected Boko Haram bombing at a medical school in Kano killed at least eight people. A Boko Haram suicide car bombing hit a military post in Gwoza in Borno yesterday, killing three soldiers and injuring three more. The Igbo sociopolitical organization Obigbo warned Boko Haram that any attack in Nigeria's southeast will be met with reprisals. Northern politicians, including former vice president Atiku Abubakar and the Northern Youth Leaders Forum, are seeking to derail the impeachment of Adamawa governor Murtala Nyako.
A convoy of suspected Boko Haram fighters wearing military uniforms stormed the Borno state village of Koronginim, near Chibok, killing many residents and torching houses. The military claimed that a Boko Haram leader who headed a terrorist cell in Plateau state was killed in a shootout with security forces. A number of Jigawa state lawmakers and other northerners are trying to sue Abia state for the arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram members. The government is trying to impeach Adamawa state governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy for "gross misconduct"; the state treasury reportedly has been looted by top officials.
The military said 219 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April are still missing. During the attack, an additional 119 girls managed to avoid being abducted by the terror group, and 57 girls subsequently escaped their captors. A southern delegate noted the recent arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram members traveling at night in 35 buses in Abia state, and recommended that security be heightened around oil installations in Port Harcourt and elsewhere in Rivers state; a northern delegate warned security agencies of possible retaliation by northern states.
The military claimed that among 486 "travellers" arrested in Abia state who were riding in a "suspicious" convoy of over 30 buses was a wanted Boko Haram kingpin. A Northern Nigerian Traders leader claimed that the suspects were patriotic Nigerian traders. Eight women were among the 486 suspected Boko Haram members detained. A suspected Boko Haram bombing of a soccer viewing center in Yobe in Damaturu state yesterday killed 21 people and injured 27 more.