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"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."

The Nigerian military has reportedly retaken control of Gombi, Pelia, and Hong in northeastern Nigeria. The communities were taken by Boko Haram last week. The National Emergency Management Agency estimates that 700,000 people have been internally displaced by the terrorist group.

A mob beat a suspected suicide bomber to death at a bus stop in Gombe City before the man could carry out an attack. Some politicians have declared the country's state of emergency in the volatile northeast a failure, as the legislature is set to vote on a bid to extend the measure.

President Goodluck Jonathan will request an extension of a state of emergency in three northern states grappling with Boko Haram. Nigeria has been ranked fourth in the Global Terrorism Index due to the activity of the jihadist group.

A female suicide bomber detonated in a market in Azare in Bauchi state, killing at least 12 people; a similar bombing in Azare on Nov. 7 killed 13 people. Boko Haram is suspected in both attacks. Borno state is planning to use civilian JTF forces to provide security for schools. The military claimed to have retaken Chibok in Borno from Boko Haram.

Boko Haram has reportedly retaken Chibok, site of the infamous kidnapping of more than 200 school girls in April. A Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashed in Yolo, Adamawa State, killing all three crew members. A coalition of Nigerian Army, "local hunters, and civilian vigilantes" are reported to have recaptured the towns of Mubi and Maiha from Boko Haram.

A female suicide bomber detonated explosives near a government college in northern Nigeria, injuring at least three people. The US State Department responded to criticism by the Nigerian ambassador about a lack of military assistance in the fight against terrorism, stating there had been "a great deal" of aid, while acknowledging that attack helicopters had been held back due to local inability to use them.

The Nigerian ambassador to the US blasted the US for refusing to sell arms to support his country's fight against Boko Haram. The jihadist group is urging residents of Mubi to return after its takeover of the eastern town; 13,000 residents are reported to have fled into Cameroon.

A suicide bomber dressed in a school uniform killed at least 48 and wounded 79 at a high school in northern Nigeria. Unknown gunmen abducted the brother of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Adamawa state, "one of the states worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency." Boko Haram took over the town of Malam Fatori, and 315 Nigerian troops are reported to have fled to Niger.

At least 16 civilians and potentially "dozens of militants" were killed when Boko Haram attacked and eventually took Malam Fatori in northeast Nigeria; the group also killed two people and razed churches in Whitambaya village, also in Borno state. Boko Haram renamed the captured town of Gwoza to Darul Hikma (House of Wisdom). The governor of Adawama fears the jihadists will overrun his state after the group has taken over five local governments. The Nigerian military and police are advancing on Mubi in an attempt to retake the town from Boko Haram.

Over 2,000 prisoners have escaped jails in the country over the past five years, primarily as a result of jailbreaks conducted by Boko Haram. The jihadist group has renamed the recently captured town of Mubi as Madinatul Islam (City of Islam). Boko Haram raided a cement plant in northeastern Nigeria and stole truckloads of dynamite.

A suicide bomber targeting an Ashoura procession of Shiites killed at least 29 people in northeast Yobe state. In central Kogi state, 132 inmates are at large after militants blew their way into the prison with explosives; one inmate died, eight were recaptured, and four surrendered. Boko Haram is suspected in both attacks. Upcoming elections are imperiled after the government's false declaration of a ceasefire with the jihadist group, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakr declared "the insurgency 'a crisis of leadership' by the federal government."