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Nigeria's defense chief said authorities know the location of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls but will not try to rescue them by force. President Jonathan's government reportedly pulled out of a deal for the release of 50 of the girls in exchange for 100 Boko Haram prisoners. Senate President Mark has ruled out negotiation for the release of the girls. Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked villages in Adamawa and Borno, killing at least 44 civilians; and ambushed a military patrol in Plateau, killing four soldiers. A witness to a suicide car bombing attempt in Jos said a barricade prevented the bomber from killing 400 spectators at a sports viewing center. Defense Minister Obanikoro said the government's requests for help in battling Boko Haram last year were ignored by the international community, and pointed to a January 2013 interview in which Jonathan warned that Boko Haram was a terrorist group.
A suicide bomber intending to detonate at a soccer match viewing center in Jos died along with two other people when his car blew up on the way; phone signals suggested the bomber was directed from Niger. A Borno state elders' forum said the military's failure to properly equip, deploy, and pay soldiers has enabled the Boko Haram insurgency to prevail. MASSOB, a Biafran secessionist movement, warned it had discovered a Boko Haram plot to target Onitsha Market in Anambra state; the local police commissioner dismissed it as rumor-mongering.
The UN added Boko Haram (a.k.a. Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad) to its list of al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups, stating that it is an affiliate of both al Qaeda and its north African offshoot, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The designation noted that Boko Haram is also associated with Ansaru (a.k.a. Jama'atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan). The UN said Boko Haram members have trained with AQIM, fought in Mali, conduct attacks and kidnappings in Nigeria and Cameroon, and operate also in Chad and Niger. France vowed to treat Boko Haram like al Qaeda. Boko Haram killed 29 people in an attack on another Borno state village yesterday. A US State Department official claimed that corruption is hindering the Nigerian military's fight against the group.
Boko Haram militants attacked three villages in Borno state, killing at least 48 people, the day after bombings in Jos killed over 100. The Army is stepping up recruiting efforts following a recent mutiny in Borno.
Nigeria asked the UN Security Council to add Boko Haram to the UN's list of al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups. A top US State Department official said the US does not consider Boko Haram as an al Qaeda branch but rather "as its own terrorist group." The Pentagon reached an agreement over the weekend to share some intelligence with Nigeria in the search for over 100 kidnapped girls. Two car bombs detonated in a crowded market in Jos in central Plateau state, killing 200 people, most of them women. Two suspects in a recent suicide bombing in Kano were arrested. Thirteen Igbo groups issued a statement supporting President Jonathan and blaming the emergence of Boko Haram on the introduction of sharia law into Zamfara state by then governor Sani Yerima in 2000. Senior Nigerian diplomat Bola Dada has said that Yerima imposed sharia shortly after visiting Osama bin Laden's training camps in Sudan.
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.