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A suspected Boko Haram bombing at a shopping center in an upscale part of Abuja killed at least 21 people and injured 17 more. The blast set the center ablaze and more victims are feared trapped inside. Authorities said the attackers arrived by motorbike; soldiers reportedly shot and killed one of the bombers and arrested another. Boko Haram militants traveling in a convoy of over 30 vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft guns overran a military post in Damboa in Borno, killing 16 soldiers and capturing others; many soldiers are missing. "Fulani" gunmen attacked two villages in Kaduna state, killing 38 civilians, including women and children, and injuring many more.
Suspected Boko Haram fighters raided Kumanza, Yaga, and Dagu villages in Borno, abducting 91 people, including more than 60 women. A witness said villagers were held hostage for several days before the abductions. About 30 villagers were said to have been killed in the raids. Four suspected Boko Haram members were arrested yesterday in the nearby village of Lassa when they tried to buy large quantities of food.
A suspected Boko Haram bombing at a medical school in Kano killed at least eight people. A Boko Haram suicide car bombing hit a military post in Gwoza in Borno yesterday, killing three soldiers and injuring three more. The Igbo sociopolitical organization Obigbo warned Boko Haram that any attack in Nigeria's southeast will be met with reprisals. Northern politicians, including former vice president Atiku Abubakar and the Northern Youth Leaders Forum, are seeking to derail the impeachment of Adamawa governor Murtala Nyako.
A convoy of suspected Boko Haram fighters wearing military uniforms stormed the Borno state village of Koronginim, near Chibok, killing many residents and torching houses. The military claimed that a Boko Haram leader who headed a terrorist cell in Plateau state was killed in a shootout with security forces. A number of Jigawa state lawmakers and other northerners are trying to sue Abia state for the arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram members. The government is trying to impeach Adamawa state governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy for "gross misconduct"; the state treasury reportedly has been looted by top officials.
The military said 219 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April are still missing. During the attack, an additional 119 girls managed to avoid being abducted by the terror group, and 57 girls subsequently escaped their captors. A southern delegate noted the recent arrest of 486 suspected Boko Haram members traveling at night in 35 buses in Abia state, and recommended that security be heightened around oil installations in Port Harcourt and elsewhere in Rivers state; a northern delegate warned security agencies of possible retaliation by northern states.
The military claimed that among 486 "travellers" arrested in Abia state who were riding in a "suspicious" convoy of over 30 buses was a wanted Boko Haram kingpin. A Northern Nigerian Traders leader claimed that the suspects were patriotic Nigerian traders. Eight women were among the 486 suspected Boko Haram members detained. A suspected Boko Haram bombing of a soccer viewing center in Yobe in Damaturu state yesterday killed 21 people and injured 27 more.
A suspected Boko Haram bombing outside a military barracks in Gombe, the capital of Gombe state, killed at least three people. The government recently seized and destroyed copies of certain newspapers due to intelligence reports indicating that "materials with grave security implications" were being circulated by means of newsprint-related consignment; the move was criticized as a clampdown on press freedoms.
Boko Haram militants dressed in military uniforms killed dozens of civilians and razed several villages in Borno yesterday; one of the villages, Attagara, was also attacked by Boko Haram on June 1, but villagers had killed a number of the militants at that time. The Defense Ministry denied reports that 10 generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram; many more officers are reportedly being tried on similar charges at a divisional level. Over the past year President Jonathan has apparently tried to eradicate Boko Haram sympathizers from the military and the government. Australia's foreign minister said her country has offered to help locate the kidnapped schoolgirls.
Suspected Boko Haram militants bombed a sports bar near a military special operations base in Mubi in Adamawa state yesterday, killing at least 18 people and injuring 19; a suspect has been arrested. Over 10 gunmen attacked worshipers at a church in Attangara in Borno state, killing nine people; vigilantes killed four of the attackers and captured three more. An Australian negotiator seeking the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls said some are ill and that most of the girls are being held in "several camps across the Nigerian border in Cameroon, Chad and Niger," making a military operation to rescue them "highly improbable." A southern political coalition accused northern leaders of using violence and instability in the north to frustrate President Jonathan's reelection prospects.