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In a new video release, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for a recent massacre in Baga that killed hundreds of people, saying God "commanded" the group to do it. A Guardian analysis stated that "Army corruption, troop mutinies, alienated citizens and a lack of political will" are reasons Nigeria's strategy against the terrorist group are unlikely to succeed.

Hundreds of people hailing from the villages of Kekenu, Budur, Yoyo and Mile near the recently attacked Baga village have fled in the face of threats from Boko Haram. 22 senior Nigerian military officers are to be tried in late January on unspecified charges "related to the counterinsurgency operations in the country's northeast."

A car bomb exploded by a bus station in Potiskum in northeast Nigeria, killing four and wounding 35. A doctor's association in Gombe state has called for an end to a medical workers' strike, saying that capabilities are overwhelmed by the number of wounded stemming from the Boko Haram insurgency.

Amnesty International released satellite images showing the vast destruction caused by Boko Haram's attacks on the towns of Baga and Dora Baga last week. The Nigerian army repulsed an attack by the jihadist group on the town of Biu in northeastern Borno state; "at least 40" jihadists were killed. The casualty list from the suicide bombing in Gombe state on Jan. 13 was increased to three people killed. About 68.8 million people are registered to vote in next month's election.

The Nigerian government refuted reports of 2,000 dead after Boko Haram attacked the town of Baga, stating that up to 150 people were killed. A bomb detonated near a checkpoint in Gombe, killing one person and wounding about 18; the bomber was caught and killed by an angry mob, according to a local source. The Archbishop of Jos accused the West of ignoring the threat from Boko Haram. The jihadist group is reportedly forcing young girls to become suicide bombers. Approximately 20,000 Nigerians have fled to Chad, Niger, and Cameroon in the face of terrorist attacks over the past two weeks.

Boko Haram massacred about 2,000 people in the town of Baga along the border with Chad. Amnesty International said that most of the victims were women, children, and the elderly who could not escape the town during the Boko Haram's assault, and described the scene as the "deadliest massacre" perpetrated by the jihadist group. Fourteen Nigerian troops were also killed in the attack.

A 10-year-old girl suicide bomber with explosives strapped to her body detonated in a crowded market Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state in Nigeria's northeast, killing 20 people and wounding more than 18 others. Islamist fighters torched buildings in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, yesterday. Boko Haram is suspected in the attacks. The UN reported that at least 7,300 Nigerians have sought refuge in Chad over the past 10 days, bringing the number of Nigerian refugees there to some 10,000. Chad and Niger pulled their Multinational Joint Task Force troops out of Nigeria following the Jan. 3 Boko Haram attack on the multinational forces' base in Baga.

Nigeria ranked first in a list of nations where "Christians [are] confirmed to have been killed for faith-related reasons;" according to the Christian advocacy group Open Doors, 2,484 Christians were targeted and killed in the country in 2014. Nigeria has taken delivery of two Mi-24 "Super Hinds" purchased from a South African company. This purchase follows US refusal to supply the military with attack helicopters requested for counterterrorism operations.

Boko Haram fighters took over a Nigerian military base in the Borno state town of Baga yesterday, killing a number of people and sending others fleeing into neighboring Chad. The base housed Nigerian, Chadian, and Nigerien troops from a joint task force. Suspected Boko Haram fighters also stormed the town of Babban Gida in Yobe state yesterday, where they destroyed buildings. The UN sought to stay the execution of 54 Nigerian soldiers who are accused of mutiny and disobeying orders to attack Boko Haram fighters in Borno state in August. Bomb disposal experts defused explosives found near the home of an Islamic scholar in Jos, the capital of central Plateau state on Jan. 2; two days earlier, gunmen attacked the village of Katoma in Plateau, beheading one resident and killing at least one other also.

A 13-year-old would-be suicide bomber who was arrested before she could detonate explosives in the city of Kano claimed that her father gave her to Boko Haram terrorists. A court martial sentenced four soldiers to death for "mutiny and failure to obey lawful orders"; a Nigerian Army battalion commander was cleared on charges of authoring a petition to the president stating "the military was incapacitated to end Boko Haram insurgency in some northern states."

A new video released by Boko Haram shows its fighters executing civilians, purportedly in the town of Bama. The jihadist group also attacked the towns of Damboa and Damagun in northeastern Yobe state on Dec. 19; at least 35 militants were killed in Damboa, and the group burned some buildings in Damagun before being repulsed by security forces.

"Scores" of suspected Boko Haram fighters were arrested near the capital of Borno state after fleeing the town of Bama disguised as refugees. The UN estimates that the number of refugees displaced by the jihadist group in northern Nigeria has reached 1.5 million.

A double suicide attack has killed more than 40 people at a bus station in the city of Jos in central Nigeria. Boko Haram, assumed to be behind the attack, is described as "the Other Islamic State" in a NYT timeline of the recent violence.

Nigeria has released a seized Russian plane carrying military helicopters after "clarification" from the French government. The Nigerian military arrested a Boko Haram photographer among other jihadists in Adamawa state. The military claimed it has recaptured Mubi, Gombi, Maiha and Hong in Adamawa State from the terrorist group.

Nigerian authorities seized a Russian airplane bound for Chad carrying two helicopters, a bullet-proof vehicle, and various heavy weapons. The crew has been variously reported as being Ukrainian and "French-speaking." Ten Nigerian soldiers and over 70 Boko Haram fighters were reportedly killed when the jihadist group attempted to overrun the town of Ashaka in Borno state. Gunmen staged a jailbreak at Minna prison in Tunga in central Niger state, freeing more than 200 prisoners (also reported as 270). More than 10,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram-related violence over the past 12 months, a casualty level comparable to the civilian casualty figures in Iraq for the same period.

More than 220 people have been killed after the Boko Haram attack on Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, on Dec. 1; one report claims the toll included more than 150 militants, six soldiers, and 33 policemen. A teenage female suicide bomber was caught by civilian defense personnel at a roadblock before she could detonate explosives at the Maiduguri market in the capital of Borno state. The market has been hit twice by suicide bombers in the past week, killing at least 86 people.

Boko Haram attacked Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, setting fire to a police station; in the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, the group detonated two bombs, killing at least five and wounding 43. "Scores of people were killed" when the terrorist group's fighters attacked the town of Shani with grenades and gunfire on Nov. 29.

Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 20 people near Chibok, the site of the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in April. The casualty list for the twin suicide bombings in Maiduguri on Nov. 25 has been updated to 78 people killed and 56 injured.

Two female suicide bombers detonated explosives at a market in Maiduguri city in northern Nigeria, killing at least 30 people. Boko Haram gunmen killed "scores of residents in Damasak" in Borno state; hundreds of civilians and soldiers are fleeing the city disguised as traders. Nigeria's top Muslim cleric has criticized the military for running away in the face of attacks by the terrorist group. A federal court acquitted a man suspected of being behind an April bomb attack that killed more than 70 people in Abuja.

Boko Haram is suspected in an attack that killed 50 fishermen and farmers in the northeastern village of Doron Baga in Borno state. The Akwa-Ibam state police commissioner has warned of violence during the upcoming general election "if politicians do not obey the rules governing electoral process."