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Boko Haram gunmen burst out of the Sambisa Forest and attacked the town of Gwoza in Borno state yesterday, killing over 100 residents and burning the police station and two churches after taking over the town. Witnesses said that soldiers guarding the town fled in the face of the militants' superior firepower. The militants also blew up a nearby bridge. The capture of Gwoza, one of the largest towns in Borno, follows the terror group's takeover of Damboa in July, when it hoisted its flags over the town.




Boko Haram has forced 650,000 Nigerians from homes: UN




Cameroon's Muslim Clerics Turn to Education to Shun Boko Haram




A teenage female suicide bomber detonated near the entrance to Kano State Polytechnic in Kano, killing herself and five other people, and injuring seven more. It is the fourth suicide bombing carried out by a young woman in less than a week. Authorities also detained a 10-year-old girl in Katsina state found with explosives strapped to her body; she was in a car with a man and an 18-year-old female. Bombs planted in two mosques in Yobe state exploded last night, killing at least 13 people. Boko Haram is suspected in all of the attacks. President Jonathan ordered enhanced security around educational institutions.




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.