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The Army claimed to have repelled another Boko Haram attack on Konduga in Borno state and killed several insurgents; three vehicles and an armored personnel carrier were captured, as well as weapons. A bomb went off and gunfire was heard at a teacher training college in Kano city; multiple casualties are feared. Gunmen described as suspected Fulani herders attacked three villages in Kaduna state, killing at least 32 villagers and burning down houses, after first ambushing an army patrol and killing a soldier and wounding several others. Last month the military quietly retired Maj. Gen. Abubakar Mohammed, the commanding officer in Maiduguri who was attacked by mutinous troops in May; 12 soldiers have been sentenced to death for the attack.

The head of a Lagos megachurch whose guesthouse suddenly collapsed on Sept. 12, killing at least 44 people, said he had been threatened by Boko Haram and accused the group of causing the building to collapse. About 130 people, mainly women, have been rescued from the rubble of the building. Speculation continued as to the whereabouts of a Nigerian military jet that disappeared in Adamawa state on Sept. 12.

A Nigerian Air Force jet with two pilots aboard went missing in Adamawa state on Sept. 12; the jet had been involved in fighting Boko Haram. That same day, hours after battling the Army in Konduga, about 50 Boko Haram militants stormed the village of Ngom, 12 miles outside of Maiduguri, and killed a number of residents before being repelled by vigilantes and soldiers. A pastor of a megachurch whose multistory guesthouse collapsed in Lagos on Sept. 12, killing 19 people and injuring over 100, said a small plane had circled over the building for about 30 minutes just before it suddenly collapsed and then the plane had disappeared.

A Boko Haram commander known as Amir was reportedly killed by Nigerian troops in Konduga, outside Maiduguri; the Army is claiming that some 200 Boko Haram militants have been killed, including a photojournalist for the group and a suicide bomber. The Army is said to have deployed 400 troops to intercept the militants. A Sept. 11 statement on operations around Maiduguri said only that security has been upgraded to defend against any planned attack.

The military claimed to have killed as many as 150 Boko Haram fighters who had tried to storm Konduga, about 12 miles outside of the Borno capital of Maiduguri, repelling an advance by "hundreds" of militants. Four soldiers were injured in the three-hour battle, and vehicles, weapons, and ammunition were seized from the militants. The military also claimed that coordinated air and ground operations are underway to "stabilize" villages in the northeast recently seized by Boko Haram.

Elders warned that Boko Haram has surrounded the Borno capital of Maiduguri in preparation for an attack. Residents of Bama said the military's claim to have regained control of the city is false, and that Boko Haram still holds it. Boko Haram stormed two more Christian towns in Borno and killed retired military personnel there. Vigilantes claimed to have killed 80 Boko Haram fighters in Adamawa state.

A Boko Haram spokesman reportedly claimed that Bama in Borno state remains in the hands of the terror group. Some 20 policemen are still missing following Boko Haram's attack on Gwoza last month. Residents of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, and Yolo, the capital of Adamawa, are apprehensive about Boko Haram's advance in the northeast. Lt. Col. Adeboye Obasanjo, the son of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, was wounded while battling Boko Haram in Michika in Adamawa. President Jonathan traveled to Chad to meet with his counterpart there; Jonathan was accompanied by former Borno governor Modu Sheriff, who has been suspected of links to Boko Haram.

Boko Haram fighters captured the town of Michika in Adamawa state near the Cameroon border. An Adamawa university closed due to fear of Boko Haram attacks. The military claimed to have recaptured Bama in Borno and killed 50 Boko Haram fighters. Over 20 Boko Haram militants were said to have been killed after they attacked a military official's house in Buratai in Borno. Gunmen attacked a training school for broadcast journalists in Lagos for the third time in the last three weeks, raping female students and ransacking offices as well as stealing laptops, phones, and money.

In the past five days, Boko Haram has seized three towns in Borno state, including Bama, and two in Adamawa, with a combined total population of over 170,000 people. Boko Haram militants stormed the towns, killing residents and burning homes, including that of the acting governor of Adamawa. A Borno senator warned that the terror group is planning to take over Maiduguri next.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a lengthy video in which he claimed to have created an Islamic caliphate in Gwoza in northern Nigeria's Borno state; last month Shekau had voiced his support for the leader of the Islamic State as well as leaders of al Qaeda and the Taliban. The Nigerian military dismissed Boko Haram's announcement and promised to launch an offensive soon in the northeast against the group, and security has been heightened following Boko Haram's most recent attack on a police academy in Gwoza. The academy was attacked yesterday for the third time this month, and 35 policemen have gone missing.

Boko Haram militants stormed the Liman Kara riot police training academy near Gwoza in Borno state, one of only two such facilities in Nigeria. A witness claimed that the police trainees, said to number at least 290, fled after hundreds of militants appeared on the scene. The UK is planning to send three Tornado surveillance aircraft to help Nigerian authorities find the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram this spring.

Police arrested a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber from Niger at Murtala Airport in Lagos yesterday; he said he had been sent with two others to bomb targets in the city. Boko Haram fighters killed 14 people during raids in two Borno state villages on Aug. 17. A group of about 40 soldiers in Borno state threatened mutiny if they are not given better weapons for fighting Boko Haram.

Boko Haram fighters clad in security forces uniforms kidnapped about 100 young men from Doron Baga in Borno state and killed 28 people in the attack. It is feared that the kidnapped men will be conscripted as fighters for the terror group.

Boko Haram gunmen burst out of the Sambisa Forest and attacked the town of Gwoza in Borno state yesterday, killing over 100 residents and burning the police station and two churches after taking over the town. Witnesses said that soldiers guarding the town fled in the face of the militants' superior firepower. The militants also blew up a nearby bridge. The capture of Gwoza, one of the largest towns in Borno, follows the terror group's takeover of Damboa in July, when it hoisted its flags over the town.

A teenage female suicide bomber detonated near the entrance to Kano State Polytechnic in Kano, killing herself and five other people, and injuring seven more. It is the fourth suicide bombing carried out by a young woman in less than a week. Authorities also detained a 10-year-old girl in Katsina state found with explosives strapped to her body; she was in a car with a man and an 18-year-old female. Bombs planted in two mosques in Yobe state exploded last night, killing at least 13 people. Boko Haram is suspected in all of the attacks. President Jonathan ordered enhanced security around educational institutions.

Suspected Boko Haram militants threw a bomb at a Catholic church in Kano, killing at least five people and wounding eight more. A teenage female suicide bomber detonated near Kano University, killing herself and wounding five police officers. Kano police arrested three suspects in connection with the church attack and two more linked to a failed attempt to bomb the Isyaku Rabiu Mosque. On July 25, police clashed with a Shiite Islamist movement in Zaria in Kaduna state; 35 people were said to have been killed.

A suspected Boko Haram bombing at a bus park in a largely Christian area of the predominantly Muslim city of Kano killed "scores" of passengers. In Borno state, Boko Haram militants killed the district head and 11 others in Garubula, killed two vigilante youth in Gamboru Ngala near the Cameroon border, shot dead five people in Damboa, and blew up a bridge linking Maiduguri and Gambora Ngala.

Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 82 people in two bombings in Kaduna state. The first attack was carried out by a suicide bomber reportedly targeting the convoy of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who had just given a Ramadan lecture. The body of a crew member of a helicopter that crashed in Borno state is missing. Pirates trying to steal a gunboat from an oil rig in Bayelsa state clashed with police; some of the attackers were said to have been killed.

An Air Force helicopter crashed near Bama in Borno state yesterday. Boko Haram militants killed 60 residents of Gaidamgari in Bama on July 19, in retaliation for the town's refusal to allow the terror group to take its teenage boys as fighters. Boko Haram has reportedly taken over half of Borno state, and the group's black Islamist flag is flying over Damboa, a town of 15,000 people near the Sambisa Forest. The military said it is not conceding any state to the terrorists. The government has closed some hotels and markets in the Federal Capital Territory until adequate security measures are in place.

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked and burned the town of Damboa in Borno state, killing "scores" of residents. The military had left Damboa unprotected after a July 6 Boko Haram attack on a police station and army camp in the town. Witnesses said a Christian clergyman who was shot during a Boko Haram attack in the Borno village of Dille on July 14 was butchered by the attackers, and his wife and children are missing. Gunmen tried to kill National Conference delegate Jeremiah Useni in Plateau state.