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Over 2,000 prisoners have escaped jails in the country over the past five years, primarily as a result of jailbreaks conducted by Boko Haram. The jihadist group has renamed the recently captured town of Mubi as Madinatul Islam (City of Islam). Boko Haram raided a cement plant in northeastern Nigeria and stole truckloads of dynamite.
A suicide bomber targeting an Ashoura procession of Shiites killed at least 29 people in northeast Yobe state. In central Kogi state, 132 inmates are at large after militants blew their way into the prison with explosives; one inmate died, eight were recaptured, and four surrendered. Boko Haram is suspected in both attacks. Upcoming elections are imperiled after the government's false declaration of a ceasefire with the jihadist group, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakr declared "the insurgency 'a crisis of leadership' by the federal government."
Five military commanders were arrested for abandoning Mubi in the face of a Boko Haram assault last Wednesday; 350 children are "feared missing" after the attack. The UK Minister of State pledged "support" for Nigeria, but stressed that "it is for the Nigerian authorities to resolve the matter."
Boko Haraam leader Abubakar Shekau has denied the government's previous announcement of a ceasefire or any pending agreement to release girls kidnapped by the group in April. He also said the girls have been converted to Islam and "married ... off" and threatened to kill a German hostage. A car bomb killed at least 23 people and injured scores more in the city of Gombe in northeast Nigeria. A report claims that 41 members of Boko Haraam were beheaded by militia in the Gur area following a failed attack.
Boko Haram attacked the town of Mubi, again violating the recent ceasefire with the government as negotiations are ongoing in Chad. The group ransacked the local emir's palace, freed jailed militants, burned houses, and killed "several people." The Nigerian air force launched airstrikes in retaliation.
A government spokesman and Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs have stated that negotiations with Boko Haram to release more than 200 school girls kidnapped in April are still underway, despite the terrorist group's violation of a ceasefire. The group kidnapped 60 additional women and girls on Oct. 22, after the agreement was announced.
Boko Haram kidnapped 30 more boys and girls from the town of Mafa, casting further doubt on a recently announced ceasefire with the government. A Human Rights Watch report detailed the torture, forced conversion, and other abuse of previously held captives at the hands of the terrorist group.
Despite yesterday's bombing and the kidnapping of 60 additional women and girls by Boko Haram on Oct. 22, an official with Chad's foreign ministry has asserted that the deal between the terrorist group and the government of Nigeria to free the 219 girls kidnapped in April will go forward.
Despite a reported ceasefire brokered between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram that would include the release of 219 school girls kidnapped in April by the terrorist group, an explosion killed 5 and wounded 12 near a bus station in northern Nigeria today. On Oct. 22, Boko Haram raided Waga Mongor and kidnapped an additional 45 girls.
The government said it repatriated 82 foreigners for "nefarious activities that could undermine the security of Nigeria." The military claimed to be conducting operations based on "active intelligence on Boko Haram positions" obtained from "a newly established intelligence sharing mechanism."
Boko Haram fighters beheaded seven people in Ngambu in Borno state. A prominent Catholic priest said that Boko Haram has burned down 185 churches and displaced more than 190,000 people from their homes during their recent campaign in Borno and Adamawa. Niger, Cameroon, and Chad said the countries would create a multinational force to battle Boko Haram.
Boko Haram released a new video purporting to show leader Abubakar Shekau dismissing reports of his death; the Nigerian military said it is studying the video but maintains that Shekau is dead. In proceedings closed to journalists, the High Court in Lagos sentenced three Boko Haram members each to 25 years in prison for terrorism offenses; 14 other suspects arrested with them last year have been released.