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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.
Suspected Shabaab militants killed 11 people in an attack on the village of Galga in Adamawa state. Reacting to claims by Borno's governor that Boko Haram is better armed than the Nigerian military, the federal government insisted that the military is winning the war.
After a wave of attacks by Boko Haram, the federal government has deployed more troops and relief material to the northeast. The current governor of Borno said Nigeria is in a state of war against Boko Haram; his predecessor accused government officials of being behind some of the attacks.
Several hundred suspected Boko Haram fighters killed over 100 people in separate attacks near the Cameroon border in the villages of Baga and Izge in Borno state. The Nigerian military had begun aerial bombardments on Boko Haram hideouts in the nearby Sambisa forest, after an attack in Konduga, another Borno village, on Feb. 11 that killed at least 39 people.
Some 50 suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked the Borno state town of Askira, 200 km south of Maiduguri. While a Police Public Relations Officer confirmed that three people were killed in in a suspected Boko Haram attack, the Borno Police Commissioner insisted that the incident was purely an armed robbery and had nothing to do with Boko Haram.
President Jonathan has formally sworn in the new heads of the armed forces. At the ceremony, new Chief of Defense Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said he would end the Boko Haram insurgency before Nigerian general elections in 2015. Badeh has also issued a press statement claiming that his promise to end the insurgency by April 2014 was misinterpreted. The Air Force says it has bombed Boko Haram positions near Damboa in Borno state; an Air Force spokesman said that those militants not killed fled across the border to Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.