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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 Security forces guarding the town had withdrawn shortly before the attack, allegedly to pursue a reported sighting of the militants.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.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video claiming the April 14 attack in the capital city of Abuja that killed over 75 people; he did not mention the 85 missing schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram earlier this week. President Jonathan sharply denounced Adamawa state governor Murtala Nyak for declaring to other northern governors that Jonathan was carrying out a genocide in their states and that Boko Haram was a "phantom organization" with no real existence. Police arrested Abdulkarim Sallah in Ogun state on suspicion of terrorist recruiting; he had passport photos of over 1,000 young boys. The government is withholding payment on a federal CCTV security system that does not work.
Boko Haram militants killed 20 people in Sabon-Kasuawa in Borno state, allegedly because residents had informed security forces about militant activities. Militant "Fulani herdsmen," who have recently begun attacking the state and have killed hundreds of people in Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, and Nasarawa states, bombarded Wukari in Taraba state, forcing residents to flee; at least 50 people were killed. Despite the military's claim that many of the more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram have escaped their captors, school authorities and parents say that 115 are still missing; one of the militants was reportedly captured.
Ten of the over 100 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Borno managed to escape from their captors, bringing the number of those who have fled to 14. About 10 gunmen broke into the house of the Kogi state speaker, kidnapping two of his children. About 20 gunmen in Bauchi state stormed Soro town in the Ganjuwa area, killing a bystander and stealing two vans belonging to the UN and another belonging to the Bauchi state television company.
Boko Haram militants abducted over 200 schoolgirls last night in the city of Chibok in Borno state after storming and robbing their school, killing two soldiers, and burning 170 homes. Visiting the site of yesterday's bombing in an Abuja suburb, President Jonathan said that "the issue of Boko Haram is temporary." Lawmakers and workers evacuated the National Assembly due to a bomb scare.
A car bomb detonated at a busy bus station in a suburb of Abuja, the nation's capital, killing at least 88 people and wounding over 200. Boko Haram is suspected in the attack, in which 16 buses were destroyed. Boko Haram militants also killed at least 60 people yesterday in attacks in two villages near the Cameroon border and torched houses, shops, and cell phone towers.