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The leader of the al Qaeda-linked group Ansaru called for attacks on Christians in Nigeria to avenge an alleged insult to Islam at a Catholic school in Katsina; youths torched the school and two churches. Two suspected Boko Haram suicide car bombs targeted a military patrol in Maiduguri, and two other suicide car bombs were detonated by military gunfire; five soldiers were wounded. Mallam Lamido Sanusi, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, is being investigated on suspicion of financing terrorism. Elders in Borno and Yobe accused the military of ignoring airdrops of weapons and supplies to terrorists in known strongholds and of withdrawing in advance of attacks, and called for an end to the state of emergency as it has achieved nothing. Police arrested 40 armed "political thugs" in Sokoto state suspected of attacking the governor's convoy.
Suspected Boko Haram detainees overpowered guards at a prison in Abuja near the Presidential villa; 21 people were reportedly killed during the jailbreak, including at least one guard. About 20 of the detainees are said to have been rearrested. The governor of Adamawa state blamed President Jonathan for failing to suppress the Boko Haram insurgency. The military claimed that 2,000 Boko Haram militants were killed during a government offensive in the Sambisa forest over the weekend; about 20 soldiers are missing, due to an "operational misunderstanding." The former governor of Zamfara state said the so-called Fulani herdsmen in Benue, Nasarawa, and other northern states are "actually terrorists in disguise" who work in groups and are armed with sophisticated weapons.
In separate suspected Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri, a suicide car bomb killed three civilians, and explosives thrown at a police van killed five policemen and the three attackers. Nigeria's Emergency Management Agency said the insurgency has displaced 3,000,000 people in the northeast already this year. Police defused a bomb in Kaduna state. The Kaduna governor questioned why recent clashes that have killed over 100 people are being blamed on tribal differences. The Central Bank of Nigeria building in Lagos caught fire.
At least 20 people were killed when suspected Boko Baram militants detonated a bomb at a busy market in Bama in Borno state yesterday. Two days earlier, the terror group reportedly attacked a market in nearby Nguro Soye, killing as many as 30 people. Secondary schools in Borno have been closed indefinitely due to Boko Haram attacks since last week. The head of the pro-democracy National Youth Leaders Forum said 3,000 of its members have been killed by Boko Haram. The military claimed to have captured a Cameroonian who supplied weapons to the terror group.
Over 100 civilians were killed when some 40 gunmen attacked three villages on March 14, killing men, women, and children and burning houses to the ground, in central Kaduna state; the attack is being blamed on Fulani herdsmen but Boko Haram is also suspected. Security forces killed eight terrorists in an ambush in Yobe state.
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.