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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.

Suspected Boko Haram militants killed over 27 people in Sabon Gari in Borno state. Police arrested Mohammed Zakari, 30, a top Boko Haram operative and self-professed "chief butcher," along with other insurgents fleeing counterterrorism operations in Balmo forest in Bauchi state. Aminu Ogwuche, a key planner of the Boko Haram the bombing at Nyanya, was extradited from Sudan; born in the UK, Ogwuche had served in Nigerian military intelligence before deserting in 2006. President Jonathan is seeking a $1 billion loan to upgrade military equipment for the battle against Boko Haram. The Adamawa state assembly impeached former governor Murtala Nyako for gross misconduct.

Police announced the discovery of a Boko Haram plot to bomb motor parks in Abuja, the capital city. Boko Haram issued a video taking credit for recent bombings in Lagos that the government had blamed on gas leaks, mocking attempts to rescue the kidnapped schoolgirls, and stating support for the leaders of the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and the Taliban. Education activist Malala Yousafzai plans to visit Nigeria to campaign for the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls. Boko Haram bombers destroyed an important bridge on the MaiduguĀ­ri-Damboa-Biu Road in northern Nigeria. Information Minister Maku noted that over the past two years terror attacks appear to have been timed to detract from positive news about the Jonathan administration.

Recent attacks on more than seven villages in Kaduna state by suspected "Fulani herdsmen" have killed at least 160 people and displaced over 24,000. The military claimed that during "mopping up operations" in Balmo forest it has discovered underground Boko Haram armories containing weapons, explosives, and military uniforms.

The government has begun investigating links between several politicians and terrorist activities in the Balmo forest in Bauchi and Jigawa states, where security forces conducted a clearing operation over the weekend. Two former military heads of state met with President Jonathan and Adamawa governor Murtala Nyako and in an effort to stave off impeachment proceedings against Nyako, who has refused to recant the accusation that the government is conducting genocide in northern Nigeria and using the military campaign against Boko Haram to kill northerners.

Some 200 heavily armed Boko Haram heavily gunmen stormed Damboa in Borno state yesterday, killing at least 12 soldiers, four policemen, and four civilians, and destroying the police headquarters as well as homes and shops. Security forces and aircraft responded to the attack, reportedly killing 50 terrorists. Boko Haram also carried out a suicide car bombing in Konduga in Borno yesterday, killing five members of a youth vigilante committee, and killed over 15 travelers in an ambush on the Maiduguri-Dikwa road. Following a botched suicide bombing by a female bomber in Gombe, authorities arrested three more suspected female Boko Haram members, including Hafsat Bako, who allegedly led a recruitment and espionage cell. A security source claimed that 486 recently arrested alleged members of Boko Haram, who have reportedly been quietly released, were northerners enticed by the All Progressives Congress to move to the south for voting purposes.

A suicide car bombing in Maiduguri in Borno killed over 50 people, including 16 vigilante youth, and wounded 68 others. A bombing in Asikolaye in Kaduna wounded two people and damaged shops and cars. Boko Haram fighters yesterday stormed the Borno village of Shani, bombing and torching the police station, homes, and shops. A member of the National Conference was warned that militants are planning a big attack in Abuja in the next day or so. Special forces arrested businessman Babuji Ya'ari, said to be a leader of the Civilian JTF vigilante group, who is suspected of serving as a spy chief for Boko Haram and involvement in attacks, murders, and the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls. Two women were also arrested, including one who reportedly helped coordinate payment of Boko Haram salaries and another who served as an armorer; other members of the spy cell are said to be still at large.

Boko Haram militants armed with explosives and guns attacked several churches in Borno state near Chibok, slaughtering "dozens" of men, women, and children, and burning at least three churches to the ground. The governor of Lagos state urged vigilance following a recent car bombing in Apapa. A witness to the June 27 bombing at a Bauchi hotel said the attackers wore military uniforms. A Bayelsa state commissioner said kidnappers who abducted his elderly mother as she returned from a church vigil have threatened to cut off her head. Raiding "Fulani" militiamen in Kaduna state have killed over 200 people and ransacked and razed a number of villages over the past week.

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen in military uniforms attacked a hotel in Bauchi's red light district last night, killing 14 people and injuring 28 more; one suspect was arrested. Police discovered 13 IEDs in a car parked in front of a mosque in Kano. President Jonathan admitted that the Boko Haram insurgency has curtailed his travels in the country.

A suspected Boko Haram bombing at a shopping center in an upscale part of Abuja killed at least 21 people and injured 17 more. The blast set the center ablaze and more victims are feared trapped inside. Authorities said the attackers arrived by motorbike; soldiers reportedly shot and killed one of the bombers and arrested another. Boko Haram militants traveling in a convoy of over 30 vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft guns overran a military post in Damboa in Borno, killing 16 soldiers and capturing others; many soldiers are missing. "Fulani" gunmen attacked two villages in Kaduna state, killing 38 civilians, including women and children, and injuring many more.