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The Islamist group Ansaru claimed an attack on a convoy of Nigerian troops in Kogi state, saying it was to stop African countries from joining the intervention against Islamists in Mali. Suspected Islamist gunmen killed four people in Kano state in an attack on the convoy of a senior Muslim leader.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that Boko Haram emir Abubakar Shekau was wounded in a gunbattle with the Joint Task Force and escaped to Mali. Two soldiers who were preparing to deploy to Mali were killed in an IED attack in Kogi.
Authorities arrested two men suspected of plotting a double suicide attack against a church at a military base in Kaduna in November 2012 in which 15 people were killed. Other suspects are also being questioned about the attack, which was blamed on Boko Haram.
Mohammed Zahinga, a wanted Boko Haram leader behind "most of the suicide attacks and bombings in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum" was arrested near Maiduguri. Zahinga, a.k.a. Mallam Abdullahi and Alhaji Musa, was plotting attacks against civilians and security personnel in the city,
Officials in the east-central state of Benue confirmed that Boko Haram has infiltrated the state and appealed to the federal government to deploy antiterrorism forces to Benue. In Kano state, police said they had recovered 1,123 improved explosive devices in the state in 2012 and had defused 68 such devices that year.
Suspected Boko Haram militants staged a brazen attack against the Nigerian Prison Service Farm Center in Maiduguri, freeing several jailed inmates. The previous day, Boko Haram militants and Nigerian state security forces clashed near Maiduguri and Marte, leaving at least seven killed.
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed a soldier, a policeman, an old woman, and her grandchild at the police and municipal headquarters in Song in Adamawa state; they also burned the buildings. Similar attacks took place last week in Maiha, Hong, and Fufore, also in Adamawa state, which borders Cameroon.
President Goodluck Jonathan claimed that most of the Boko Haram members involved in major attacks throughout the country in 2011 "have been arrested." The attacks he mentioned included the suicide attack in the UN building and police headquarters in Abuja.
The army claimed it killed 13 Boko Haram militants in a gun battle in Maiduguri. One soldier also died in the clash, which erupted after the militants bombed army checkpoints.
A senior church pastor of the Nigerian Church of the Brethren announced that around 50 of their churches had been burnt and at least 109 members had been killed in northern Nigeria since the insurrection by Boko Haram began. A former president of Nigeria predicted that the existence of Boko Haram will soon come to an end.
Four Boko Haram fighters and a policeman were killed in clashes in Damaturu, the provincial capital of Yobe. Security forces detained 59 people during the operation.
Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a village last night in northeastern Nigeria and executed a group of 15 men, women, and children by tying them up and slitting their throats. A separate Boko Haram attack in Maiha near the border with Cameroon left at least two dead. The attackers burnt down the police divisional headquarters, a court, a satellite prison, a local education authority building, and a government lodge.