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Suspected Boko Haram militants blew up a bridge connecting Adamawa and Borno states, killed a number of people, and abducted a woman and her two children; on May 5, militants blew up a bridge that linked Nigeria to Chad. About 50 of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls were reportedly sighted in the Central African Republic last week accompanied by armed Seleka rebels. Nigerian authorities denied reports that US Marines have been deployed or made arrests. President Jonathan reportedly refused earlier US assistance because President Obama had seemed more focused on allegations of human rights abuses by the Nigerian military.
The Army rejected the accusation that it had four hours' warning before Boko Haram's abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Borno on April 14. President Jonathan said he thinks the girls are still in Nigeria and have not been moved to Cameroon. Experts from the US and the UK have arrived in Nigeria to help recover the kidnapped schoolgirls. Jonathan claimed that the planners of the two Nyana bombings have been arrested and are assisting authorities find their financiers. US Marines helping the Nigerian government in its efforts against Boko Haram reportedly arrested two suspected militants in Benue state. Police denied rumors of Boko Haram activity in Lagos; the US warned last week of a possible Boko Haram attack on Lagos hotels.
Boko Haram militants in armored vehicles stormed the town of Gamboru Ngala in Borno near the Cameroon border, killing at least 300 people, and burning down 200 vehicles and nearly all of the houses and shops, in a 12-hour rampage. Security forces guarding the town had withdrawn shortly before the attack, allegedly to pursue a reported sighting of the militants. The militants had abducted 11 girls from nearby towns the day before. Security was tight in Abuja for the World Economic Forum.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight schoolgirls in Warabe, in Borno state near the Cameroon border; senior Boko Haram commander Mamman Nur, who reportedly trained with Shabaab, operates in the area. The Army spokesman said some of the nearly 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are the daughters of defense headquarters personnel. Police recovered a van stolen by gunmen who attacked an international school near Abuja in an alleged kidnapping attempt.
The leader of Boko Haram threatened to sell the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls. In a video released today, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed the kidnapping of the girls and said "Western education must end." President Jonathan vowed to recover the girls, and said he had asked for military support from the US and closer security cooperation from France, Britain, and China. A US official said that the girls likely have been taken into neighboring countries.
Security forces in Abuja detained eight suspected militants, mainly foreigners, in advance of this week's World Economic Forum conference. The national labor union urged the government not to dismiss Boko Haram's claim that it has a base in Abuja; a retired top general said Abuja is under siege. A Christian group released a list of the names of 165 Christian and 15 Muslim schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram and demanded their release as well as overseas scholarships for them. The US offered to help Nigeria find the girls. Authorities in southern states are bracing against the reported expansion of Boko Haram.
The US Embassy warned of a potential terrorist attack on a Sheraton hotel in Lagos. The Nigerian military is said to be mobilizing for an assault on Boko Haram militants in the Sambisa forest in Borno in an attempt to free 276 kidnapped schoolgirls. Boko Haram gunmen killed 10 people along the Maiduguri- Beneshiek- Damaturu road in Borno and seized seven vehicles. The leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, vowed defiance against the threats of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
A suspected Boko Haram suicide car bombing killed 30 people and injured scores more in Abuja. A negotiator for the Boko Haram militants who have kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls said the kidnappers are demanding a ransom and that the military knows their location; some reports said the girls had been taken to Chad or Cameroon. Protests demanding the girls' release have spread since their abduction on April 14.
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed eight people in Adamawa state and burned houses and churches. The governor of Niger state said he has formed a two-man committee to flush Boko Haram out of the state, following the discovery of a Boko Haram-linked terrorist group in Bida. The families of the more than 230 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14 were told that the militants have since conducted mass marriages and are sharing the girls as wives. Foreign Affairs Minister Wali said that terrorism now poses the main threat to African countries.
Some 40 Boko Haram militants were killed when soldiers repelled the militants' attack on a base in the Damboa area of Borno state during six hours of fighting; four soldiers were also killed and nine were wounded. Three civil servants were killed by Boko Haram in an ambush outside an agricultural college in Gujba in Yobe state; five women were abducted by the militants in the attack. A group of 40 gunmen stormed a police station in the Maradun area of Zamfara state, killing two children and injuring their mother.
Family members continued to search for schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants last week in Borno; 234 girls are said to be still missing. The governor of Bauchi state ordered the evacuation of 200 girls from a school following an attack on another school in Bauchi last week in which a girl was killed. Security sources indicated that Shabaab likely aided Boko Haram with last week's bombing in Abuja; security forces reportedly also have killed suspected Shabaab fighters during recent operations against Boko Haram.