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Boko Haram attacked twice over the weekend; in Borno, the group killed 52 people in the town of Kawuri, and in Adamawa, the group killed 22 people in an assault on a church. The UNHCR claims that 6,000 people have fled northern Nigeria for Cameroon and Niger as a result of Boko Haram attacks.
The new Chief of Defence Staff claims that he will end the Boko Haram insurgency by April. Suspected Boko Haram militants killed a teacher and wounded another person in an attack on Wulgo village, Borno state, near the border with Chad. Boko Haram is believed to have murdered 18 locals with IEDs and petrol bombs in the village of Alau Ngawo Fate.
Boko Haram has killed at least 12 civilians in Gashigar village near the border with Niger; three more villagers drowned while trying to escape. Some 60 shops and eight vehicles were also destroyed in the attack.
Three men were arrested for defrauding the Nigerian government of over $400,000; the men claimed to be Boko Haram leaders and convinced the government that they could persuade others to drop arms and embrace dialogue. Over 1,000 people have been arrested as the Nigerian military clamped down on illegal oil refineries.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have killed five people in Borno in an attack involving guns and IEDs. A Borno state senator, accused of sponsoring Boko Haram in 2011, was injured when he was caught up in a Nigerian Air Force operation against the insurgents.
President Jonathan ordered the military to immediately release 165 people apprehended in connection to Boko Haram. All of the suspects are from the three northeastern states under emergency rule: 157 from Borno, nine from Yobe, and one from Adamawa.
President Goodluck Jonathan said that Boko Haram is a temporary threat that will soon be overcome. One person has died after suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked the village of Buratai in Borno state. Unknown perpetrators bombed the High Court in Ahoada, in southern Rivers state.
Maiduguri airport is to be closed until March 2014 after Boko Haram insurgents destroyed crucial equipment. The Nigerian military is issuing letters of retirement to senior officers, including 40 generals, to take effect in January 2014.
The military killed 56 Boko Haram fighters in Alafa forest in Borno state, during a raid aimed at ensuring a peaceful holiday period. Two government soldiers were also wounded in the battle, while Boko Haram militants were seen fleeing toward Chad and Niger. In a major reshuffle, the army chiefs of logistics and armored corps, as well as the general in charge of the anti-Boko Haram campaign in the northeast, have all been replaced.
The army claimed it killed at least 50 Boko Haram members fleeing towards Cameroon yesterday and destroyed over 20 of the group's vehicles; 15 soldiers and five civilians are also said to have been killed in the clash. The army chief of staff testified that eight "squatters" killed by soldiers in Apo three months ago were suspected Boko Haram members who had opened fire on the troops.
Suspected Islamist militants stormed a factory in Kano, shooting at workers and taking the owner, a Lebanese man, hostage; a man and a woman were wounded in the attack. President Jonathan said that recent accusations by former leader Olusegun Obasanjo threatened national security and "set the stage for subversion."