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The military claimed to have killed 207 Boko Haram fighters after the terror group attacked a detention center at a military base in Maiduguri and freed "dozens" of militants. Sources claimed that security forces managed to capture at least 50 escaping Boko Haram militants, including Arabs, Malians, and Chadians. At least four civilians, as well as some of the escaped Boko Haram detainees, were killed, and four Nigerian soldiers were wounded. The military also claimed to have seized a large quantity of terrorist weapons near Lake Chad, and to have arrested Boko Haram militants fleeing the Maiduguri attack.
Gunmen killed over 90 people during attacks on several villages in Katsina state and set homes on fire. The attacks were blamed on Fulani herdsmen; the police chief insisted that the attackers were not Boko Haram. President Jonathan was visiting Katsina at the time of the attacks. Police rescued one of President Jonathan's uncles from kidnappers and foiled an attempt to kidnap one of his cousins.
Boko Haram militants launched yet another attack in Borno state, killing as many as 40 people in the village of Jakana in Konduga, then retreated into the Sambisa forest. Nigerian authorities paraded seven Boko Haram militants suspected of murdering a moderate Muslim cleric in Kaduna state on Feb. 1; among them was Yakub Abdullahi, a Boko Haram commander for Kaduna and Niger states who had relocated to Kano from Cameroon. President Jonathan fired the heads of four aviation agencies.
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 31 people in an attack in Mafa in Borno state; the al Qaeda-linked terror group had sent fliers warning of the attack, but when the attack came, soldiers guarding the village fled. Boko Haram has killed over 330 people already this year. An observer group said that despite a government counteroffensive and an estimated 3,600 casualties caused by Boko Haram in Nigeria's northwest since 2011, the insurgency has not been curtailed.
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 39 people as they prepared for prayers in Mainok, a village about 30 miles from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, where Boko Haram killed over 100 people yesterday. Interior Minister Moro said Qatar-based radical Islamist preacher Abu Bilal Philips, who has been banned in Australia, UK, US, and elsewhere, was granted a visa because he is not on Nigeria's blacklist.
A suspected Boko Haram attack in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, has killed as many as 65 people and wounded many more. Twin bombs were detonated in the densely populated Ajilari suburb this evening; a third explosion has also been reported. The Adamawa state governor and his entourage fled the village of Shuwa after hearing Boko Haram was advancing in the area; Nigeria's Director of Defense Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, contradicted the report.
Suspected Boko Haram militants assaulted a school in the village of Buni Yadi in Yobe state, killing as many as 40 students, in the first Boko Haram attack in Yobe this year. Security guards at a checkpoint outside the school withdrew a few hours before the attack. President Jonathan reportedly called the Boko Haram attacks "quite worrisome" but added that "we will get over it."
Boko Haram militants attacked again in the largely Christian village of Izghe in Borno yesterday, burning the remainder of the village to the ground. Militants from the al Qaeda-linked terror group also attacked Mairari village in Borno, killing two residents and setting homes, shops, and vehicles on fire. The opposition APC party denounced President Jonathan's plan to replace Borno governor Kashim Shettima with a military administrator, and said Jonathan is the one who should be replaced.
The Nigerian military closed the border between Adamawa state and Cameroon to prevent the infiltration of Islamist militants; the border has not been closed in neighboring Borno state. Hundreds of travelers turned off the road near Damaturu in Yobe state after reports that Boko Haram was blocking a 50-mile stretch of road into Maiduguri in Borno.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video warning of an imminent attack on Nigeria's oil sector. In Borno, suspected Boko Haram militants killed two people at the home of a JTF Commander in Buratai, and rampaged in the Bama area, killing 47 people, shooting at houses, and torching cars.