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In a video released by Boko Haram, leader Abubakar Shekau spoke of releasing the kidnapped schoolgirls in exchange for the release of "brothers" jailed in various Nigerian cities. Borno state governor Kashim Shettima claimed to have given authorities information on the whereabouts of the kidnapped schoolgirls. A joint military operation to recover the girls commences this week. Police in Plateau state arrested a man suspected of spying for Boko Haram at a police barracks in Jos. Reports claimed that in 2013 the US ignored Nigeria's requests for help in combating Boko Haram. US intelligence indicates linkage between Boko Haram and al Qaeda.
Suspected Boko Haram militants blew up a bridge connecting Adamawa and Borno states, killed a number of people, and abducted a woman and her two children; on May 5, militants blew up a bridge that linked Nigeria to Chad. About 50 of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls were reportedly sighted in the Central African Republic last week accompanied by armed Seleka rebels. Nigerian authorities denied reports that US Marines have been deployed or made arrests. President Jonathan reportedly refused earlier US assistance because President Obama had seemed more focused on allegations of human rights abuses by the Nigerian military.
The Army rejected the accusation that it had four hours' warning before Boko Haram's abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Borno on April 14. President Jonathan said he thinks the girls are still in Nigeria and have not been moved to Cameroon. Experts from the US and the UK have arrived in Nigeria to help recover the kidnapped schoolgirls. Jonathan claimed that the planners of the two Nyana bombings have been arrested and are assisting authorities find their financiers. US Marines helping the Nigerian government in its efforts against Boko Haram reportedly arrested two suspected militants in Benue state. Police denied rumors of Boko Haram activity in Lagos; the US warned last week of a possible Boko Haram attack on Lagos hotels.
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 Security forces guarding the town had withdrawn shortly before the attack, allegedly to pursue a reported sighting of the militants.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.