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Residents in Maiduguri claimed that members of the Joint Task Force killed 48 young men during raids in the Kalari neighborhood. Amnesty International accused Nigerian security forces of illegally detaining and torturing suspected Boko Haram fighters.
Boko Haram named six mediators, including a presidential candidate, to negotiate with the government. A senator is suing senior government ministers and officials for issuing a press release that claimed a Boko Haram operative was arrested in his home.
A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed jeep into a Catholic church in Kaduna on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding over 100. At least two more people died in reprisal killings.
The Joint Military Task Force said that Boko Haram is planning to conduct "massive attacks" during the Eid al Kabir holiday. The JTF said Boko Haram has "invited foreign mercenaries to assist them" in attacking military and civilian targets.
The army arrested senior Boko Haram commander Shuaibu Muhammed Bama at the home of a Maiduguri senator. Suspicions have been raised that some politicians in northern Nigeria are siding with the militants.
Boko Haram fighters reportedly killed 23 people in a series of attacks in the northeastern city of Potiskum. Several buildings were also destroyed in the fighting.
Boko Haram militants executed coordinated bomb attacks against military targets in Maiduguri, shot a traffic warden, and set a school and radio tower on fire. The army reported that three militants were killed, four arrested, and a police officer wounded; additional casualties are expected. Police detonated a bomb found near a cybercafe in Minna in Niger state.
"Gunmen" killed more than 20 Muslims after opening fire outside of a mosque in Kaduna. Officials claimed that the gunmen were dressed in police uniforms and were "armed robbers."
Thirty-two bodies were left at a morgue in Maiduguri following a clash yesterday, and additional bodies were taken to another morgue. Most of the dead were said to be civilians killed in a retaliatory attack by military forces after an officer was killed by Boko Haram militants.
Thirty people were killed in heavy fighting in Maiduguri. The military claimed that 30 Boko Haram fighters were killed, while a report indicated that the military opened fire on civilians after a lieutenant was killed in a bombing. Police killed a Boko Haram field commander and three fighters in Damaturu.
The Joint Task Force killed four suspected Boko Haram fighters and detained 11 more during a raid in Damaturu. Police detained an an immigration officer in Maiduguri for ties to Boko Haram.