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The military said 219 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April are still missing. During the attack, an additional 119 girls managed to avoid being abducted by the terror group, and 57 girls subsequently escaped their captors. A southern delegate noted the recent arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram members traveling at night in 35 buses in Abia state, and recommended that security be heightened around oil installations in Port Harcourt and elsewhere in Rivers state; a northern delegate warned security agencies of possible retaliation by northern states.
The military claimed that among 486 "travellers" arrested in Abia state who were riding in a "suspicious" convoy of over 30 buses was a wanted Boko Haram kingpin. A Northern Nigerian Traders leader claimed that the suspects were patriotic Nigerian traders. Eight women were among the 486 suspected Boko Haram members detained. A suspected Boko Haram bombing of a soccer viewing center in Yobe in Damaturu state yesterday killed 21 people and injured 27 more.
A suspected Boko Haram bombing outside a military barracks in Gombe, the capital of Gombe state, killed at least three people. The government recently seized and destroyed copies of certain newspapers due to intelligence reports indicating that "materials with grave security implications" were being circulated by means of newsprint-related consignment; the move was criticized as a clampdown on press freedoms.
Boko Haram militants dressed in military uniforms killed dozens of civilians and razed several villages in Borno yesterday; one of the villages, Attagara, was also attacked by Boko Haram on June 1, but villagers had killed a number of the militants at that time. The Defense Ministry denied reports that 10 generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram; many more officers are reportedly being tried on similar charges at a divisional level. Over the past year President Jonathan has apparently tried to eradicate Boko Haram sympathizers from the military and the government. Australia's foreign minister said her country has offered to help locate the kidnapped schoolgirls.
Suspected Boko Haram militants bombed a sports bar near a military special operations base in Mubi in Adamawa state yesterday, killing at least 18 people and injuring 19; a suspect has been arrested. Over 10 gunmen attacked worshipers at a church in Attangara in Borno state, killing nine people; vigilantes killed four of the attackers and captured three more. An Australian negotiator seeking the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls said some are ill and that most of the girls are being held in "several camps across the Nigerian border in Cameroon, Chad and Niger," making a military operation to rescue them "highly improbable." A southern political coalition accused northern leaders of using violence and instability in the north to frustrate President Jonathan's reelection prospects.
President Jonathan said Nigerian forces will engage in a "full-scale" operation against Boko Haram. He also
offered dialogue and reconciliation to those Nigerians who "joined hands with Al Qaeda and international terrorists" but wish to renounce violence and embrace peace. Boko Haram fighters attacked three villages in Borno state, killing at least 51 people and torching houses with petrol bombs. A former top US counterterrorism official said Boko Haram has killed at least seven people in each of its attacks in northeast Nigeria. A youth confessed to being paid to burn down houses in a Borno state village.
Gunmen in Kogi state killed a monarch after dragging him out of his palace, and also killed a local vigilante head. Gunmen killed four people as they were sleeping in Wat village in Jos, and injured several others. Authorities arrested one suspect in the May 20 Jos market bombing. A Chibok official said four of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have escaped; 219 girls are still missing.
Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base and police barracks in Buni Yadi in Yobe state, killing at least 25 security personnel and 10 others, and setting fire to the base, the barracks, a courthouse, and the home of the district chief. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo met last week in Ogun state with Boko Haram contacts in an effort to negotiate the release of the kidnapped girls. Nigeria's air defense chief said the military will not attempt to rescue the girls by force as it would endanger their lives, but that it had another strategy. He also noted that some of the weapons recovered from Boko Haram insurgents are "very alien to the Nigerian Army."
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.