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Boko Haram militants burned the Borno state village of Dalwa-Masuba to the ground over the weekend and killed at least 40 residents. Police foiled a car bombing today in Kano; a suicide car bombing yesterday killed at least four people and wounded many more in a mainly Christian neighborhood. Security was stepped up around secondary schools in Benue state after a purported Boko Haram threat to abduct students. Negotiations are reportedly ongoing between Boko Haram and the government for the release of at least 100 kidnapped schoolgirls. At a security summit on May 17, Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin, Chad, and Niger declared "war" on Boko Haram, which President Jonathan called West Africa's al Qaeda.
Soldiers in the Borno state capital of Maiduguri fired on Maj. Gen. Ahmed Mohammed, whom they blamed for the deaths of their comrades in a Boko Haram ambush. Vigilantes in Borno yesterday ambushed two trucks of Boko Haram militants who were allegedly planning to attack, killing scores of militants and detaining at least 10. The Adamawa state governor reiterated his opposition to emergency rule. Federal officials warned religious groups against making inflammatory statements about Boko Haram's kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls. After Interpol issued a red alert for Nyana bombing suspect Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, the UK-born militant, who once served with Nigerian intelligence and was thought to be in Sudan, was reportedly arrested there.
US surveillance planes and commercial satellites are being used to help find a large group of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. The Nigerian government indicated it is open to talks with the kidnappers. Nigerian authorities arrested five suspects in the Boko Haram bombings of Nyanya motor park, and said two alleged masterminds, Rufai Tsiga and Aminu Ogwuche, are wanted. President Jonathan asked that the state of emergency in Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno be extended for six months. A jihadist research center called on Boko Haram to release the kidnapped girls.
In a video released by Boko Haram, leader Abubakar Shekau spoke of releasing the kidnapped schoolgirls in exchange for the release of "brothers" jailed in various Nigerian cities. Borno state governor Kashim Shettima claimed to have given authorities information on the whereabouts of the kidnapped schoolgirls. A joint military operation to recover the girls commences this week. Police in Plateau state arrested a man suspected of spying for Boko Haram at a police barracks in Jos. Reports claimed that in 2013 the US ignored Nigeria's requests for help in combating Boko Haram. US intelligence indicates linkage between Boko Haram and al Qaeda.
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.