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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.
Suspected Boko Haram militants killed eight people in Adamawa state and burned houses and churches. The governor of Niger state said he has formed a two-man committee to flush Boko Haram out of the state, following the discovery of a Boko Haram-linked terrorist group in Bida. The families of the more than 230 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14 were told that the militants have since conducted mass marriages and are sharing the girls as wives. Foreign Affairs Minister Wali said that terrorism now poses the main threat to African countries.
Some 40 Boko Haram militants were killed when soldiers repelled the militants' attack on a base in the Damboa area of Borno state during six hours of fighting; four soldiers were also killed and nine were wounded. Three civil servants were killed by Boko Haram in an ambush outside an agricultural college in Gujba in Yobe state; five women were abducted by the militants in the attack. A group of 40 gunmen stormed a police station in the Maradun area of Zamfara state, killing two children and injuring their mother.
Family members continued to search for schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants last week in Borno; 234 girls are said to be still missing. The governor of Bauchi state ordered the evacuation of 200 girls from a school following an attack on another school in Bauchi last week in which a girl was killed. Security sources indicated that Shabaab likely aided Boko Haram with last week's bombing in Abuja; security forces reportedly also have killed suspected Shabaab fighters during recent operations against Boko Haram.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video claiming the April 14 attack in the capital city of Abuja that killed over 75 people; he did not mention the 85 missing schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram earlier this week. President Jonathan sharply denounced Adamawa state governor Murtala Nyak for declaring to other northern governors that Jonathan was carrying out a genocide in their states and that Boko Haram was a "phantom organization" with no real existence. Police arrested Abdulkarim Sallah in Ogun state on suspicion of terrorist recruiting; he had passport photos of over 1,000 young boys. The government is withholding payment on a federal CCTV security system that does not work.
Boko Haram militants killed 20 people in Sabon-Kasuawa in Borno state, allegedly because residents had informed security forces about militant activities. Militant "Fulani herdsmen," who have recently begun attacking the state and have killed hundreds of people in Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, and Nasarawa states, bombarded Wukari in Taraba state, forcing residents to flee; at least 50 people were killed. Despite the military's claim that many of the more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram have escaped their captors, school authorities and parents say that 115 are still missing; one of the militants was reportedly captured.
Ten of the over 100 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Borno managed to escape from their captors, bringing the number of those who have fled to 14. About 10 gunmen broke into the house of the Kogi state speaker, kidnapping two of his children. About 20 gunmen in Bauchi state stormed Soro town in the Ganjuwa area, killing a bystander and stealing two vans belonging to the UN and another belonging to the Bauchi state television company.
Boko Haram militants abducted over 200 schoolgirls last night in the city of Chibok in Borno state after storming and robbing their school, killing two soldiers, and burning 170 homes. Visiting the site of yesterday's bombing in an Abuja suburb, President Jonathan said that "the issue of Boko Haram is temporary." Lawmakers and workers evacuated the National Assembly due to a bomb scare.
A car bomb detonated at a busy bus station in a suburb of Abuja, the nation's capital, killing at least 88 people and wounding over 200. Boko Haram is suspected in the attack, in which 16 buses were destroyed. Boko Haram militants also killed at least 60 people yesterday in attacks in two villages near the Cameroon border and torched houses, shops, and cell phone towers.
A Borno state senator accused the Nigerian military of complicity in recent Boko Haram attacks in four villages in which 210 people have been killed. The insurgents, who reportedly wore military uniforms and spoke English, kidnapped a number of women and razed the towns. Suspected Fulani militia attacked several Tiv villages in Cross River state, killing at least six people.
Boko Haram militants in Jigawa state killed seven police officers and a civilian in an attack targeting a police station, a court, and a bank in Gwaram. The militants, said to number about 20, bombed the buildings and then opened fire. Suspected Boko Haram militants fired at a crowd watching a soccer match in Potiskum in Yobe state, killing two people. A man who witnessed a suspected Boko Haram jailbreak in Abuja on March 30 and tweeted photos he had taken of the incident has been arrested and held incommunicado.
The military killed scores of "Fulani herders" in Nasarawa state and seized "sophisticated weapons" from the group; a Keana resident said the area has seen more "Fulani" than ever before recently and many do not have cattle. The High Court awarded $300,000 in damages to suspended Central Bank director Lamido Sanusi, ordered that his passport be returned to him, and dismissed as "an afterthought" the terrorism financing charges that had been leveled at him.
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.