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The military claimed to have killed 74 Boko Haram insurgents during an air and ground assault on their camps in Borno state; other insurgents are said to have fled, and two soldiers were injured. The military imposed a 24-hour curfew on Yobe state after insurgent attacks in Damaratu. Police banned the sale of all forms of explosives, including fireworks, in Kano. The military released three of six suspected Boko Haram members arrested at Maiduguri airport. The trial of 17 alleged Boko Haram members in Lagos Federal High Court was adjourned for the third time and journalists were barred from the proceedings.
Pirates kidnapped two US sailors from a US ship off the coast of Nigeria; US authorities are not treating it as terrorism. Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 18 civilians and injured 12 others in Borno state. Dr. Bello Hakeem Baba Ahmed, a member of the government committee appointed to negotiate with the al Qaeda-linked group, claimed that Boko Haram is purely a Nigerian issue, unconnected with any other international terror organization. He also claimed that 90 percent of Boko Haram's leaders have been killed, "so the rest want to fight and die."
Trial began for two Nigerians, Abdullahi Mustapha Berende and Saidi Adewumi, who are accused of recruiting for an Iran-based terrorist organization; the judge ordered a determination as to whether their confessions had been coerced. Islamic police in Kano publicly paraded 150 people accused of violating sharia law, as part of a new campaign to enforce the Islamic code, which is governing law in nine of Nigeria's 37 states. This week's arrests were the first to include men; previously only women were targeted for enforcement.
Boko Haram gunmen wearing army uniforms killed 19 civilians in Borno state near Logumani, close to the Cameroon border. The attackers forced motorists to stop and exit their vehicles, then shot some of the victims and hacked the others to death. The militants also burned five trucks, then fled after reportedly receiving a phone call that the military was on its way; phone service is said to have been suspended in the area for months. The head of a local vigilante group said the militants had tried to attack the nearby town of Gamboru Ngala two days ago but were repelled.
An Adamawa state official said that over 3,000 residents of the Gwoza and Bama areas of Borno state have fled to Adamawa to escape fighting between Boko Haram and government forces. The governor of Ebonyi state called on Nigerians to rise up against Boko Haram. Amnesty International urged investigation into the alleged deaths of hundreds of Boko Haram militants in Nigerian detention; the Interior Minister dismissed the allegation as "not true."
The military claimed that 40 Boko Haram fighters were killed during operations in Konduga and Bama in Borno state. The Boko Haram fighters were preparing to conduct attacks against the two villages.
After raiding a bomb factory in Guduwawa village, Kano state officials warned that terrorists are developing backpack IEDs and planning to use school-age suicide bombers during the upcoming Sallah holiday. A new video purportedly from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau surfaced on Oct. 8, in which he displayed weapons seized from government forces and threatened more attacks; officials dismissed it as fake, but some analysts disagreed.
Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a mosque in Damboa town in Borno state, killing five worshipers and setting fire to the palace and residence of the district head; they were then repulsed by the military, which claimed to have killed 15 militants. "Hoodlums" among the estimated 30,000 attendees at Northern Youth Summit in Kaduna attacked campaigners for President Jonathan and event organizers, who escaped harm only because of their private security guards; hundreds of policemen refused to intervene.
Fighter jets bombed suspected Boko Haram camps near Majari on the border between Yobe and Borno states. Security forces have arrested 15 suspects linked to last week's massacre at an agricultural college. The death toll from an attack by alleged Fulani gunmen last week on Zanga village in Kaduna state has risen to about 100; the attackers also destroyed 500 houses. The attacks in the area began in March, when 14 people were killed, and four churches, two schools, and 247 houses were burnt. The army plans to destroy a large quantity of confiscated IEDS in Borno. The trial of 17 Boko Haram suspects was adjourned for a second time in Lagos.
Boko Haram gunmen stormed an agricultural college in Yobe state, killing at least 40 students who had been sleeping in a dormitory, and setting fire to classrooms. Gunmen attacked Zangang village in Kaduna state, killing at least 11 people and burning several houses. Farmers and government officials are fleeing the Gwoza hills area of Borno for fear of imminent attacks by Boko Haram.
Boko Haram fighters killed 27 Nigerians in attacks on two villages. On Sept. 25, jihadists killed six villagers in Gamboru near the Cameroon border. On Sept. 26, Boko Haram fighters returned to Gamboru and killed 21 more people. The Islamist militant group Ansaru posted a video of French hostage Francis Colump, who was kidnapped near the Niger border in December.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video yesterday claiming last week's attacks in Benisheikh and a similar recent attack in Monguno Town in Borno state. In August, Nigerian authorities had said Shekau was killed in a shootout with soldiers. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot and killed a pastor and his two children, then set fire to his church, in Dorawa in Yobe state.
An environmental protection official in Borno state said that 142 people had been killed this week; suspected Boko Haram militants dressed in army uniforms were attacking people at checkpoints. Security officials stormed a hospital in Abuja yesterday to question suspected Boko Haram militants injured in a gunbattle with security forces during a raid on insurgent weapons caches in Abuja that left eight people dead.
Boko Haram killed 23 civilians in yesterday's attack in the village of Benisheik near Maiduguri; hundreds of homes and cars were torched. Boko Haram fighters also killed a soldier and the wife of a policeman in Yobe.
Government officials said that 16 soldiers were killed during an operation against Boko Haram in Borno; officials claimed that 150 Boko Haram fighters were killed. One report claimed that 40 soldiers were killed and 65 more are missing. Boko Haram killed five civilians in a raid on a village in Borno.