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Nigerien and Chadian officials said a joint force of 120 Nigerian, Chadian, and Nigerien soldiers battled Boko Haram militants in Baga last week; as many as 187 people were killed, many of them civilians, and an investigation has been launched. Nigeria's top counterterrorism official said the al Qaeda-linked group Ansaru aims to Islamize the Sahel and has more international connections than Boko Haram. The government is seeking an amnesty deal with Boko Haram.
Fighting between security forces and Boko Haram militants left over 185 people dead in Baga in Borno state; the militants used civilians as human shields. Authorities charged Kabiru Sokoto with masterminding the Boko Haram attack on a Catholic church in Abuja on Christmas Day 2011 in which 37 people were killed. Boko Haram has killed some 3,000 people in Nigeria over the past few years. Suspected Boko Haram militants shot and killed three government education officials in Borno state.
The leader of Boko Haram rejected the idea of amnesty and threatened the life of anyone claiming to represent the group. A Boko Haram faction rejected the amnesty idea last week. Northern state governors support amnesty as one avenue to peace. The Chief of Defence Staff advocated amnesty, but the Chief of Army Staff said "you don't negotiate with terrorists ... because of their selfish agenda." Six terrorists and a soldier were killed in a raid on a cell that was planning to rob a textile market in Kano.
President Jonathan set up a committee to explore the idea of granting amnesty to members of the al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram. The Acting US Ambassador to Nigeria stated his government's preference for dialogue over force in dealing with Boko Haram. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed the home of the deputy governor of Adamwa state, killing 11 people, including two guards whose throats were slit.
Security forces killed 14 suspected members of Boko Haram during a raid on a house in Kano; a woman and child were said to be among the dead. Gunmen killed a policeman in Borno state, and a telecommunications mast was burned down near Damboa.
Officials said more than 50 people have been killed near the central city of Jos over the past week in clashes between Muslims and Christians. Last night, gunmen armed with assault rifles attacked the village of Ratas for two hours before fleeing.
The Joint Task Force raided a "militant" compound in Kano and uncovered a massive weapons cache; the "chief armorer" was killed and another militant was captured. A British national who was kidnapped in Lagos last week has been freed.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 25 people in four simultaneous attacks in Ganye in Adamawa state near the border with Cameroon. In the coordinated assault, the assailants attacked a bar, a bank, a prisoner warder, and a prison, freeing prisoners and setting fire to a police station, a prison, and several hotels and bars. Suspected Boko Haram militants also conducted three bombings in Kano, including an attempted a suicide attack, injuring several policemen; and shot a security guard in Maiduguri.
Boko Haram fighters chanting ""Allahu Akbar" in Arabic assaulted a prison in Gwoza in Borno with IEDs and molotov cocktails. All of the inmates escaped from the prison; the guards did not put up any resistance.
The Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Ansaru) announced that it executed seven foreign hostages who were kidnapped last month. The Islamist group blamed rescue attempts by the British and Nigerian governments for the decision to kill the hostages. President Jonathan told Borno state elders he would not withdraw security forces unless the elders stop supporting Boko Haram. Explosions rocked Maiduguri after the president's visit.
Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base in Monguno, killing at least 20 people; a military spokesman claimed that 20 "Boko Haram terrorists" had been killed. In a recent video, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau vowed to continue attacks until an Islamic state is established in Nigeria, and disavowed any connection to a "Sheikh Mohammed Abdulaziz" who had said the group would agree to a ceasefire and peace talks.
The al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram released a video showing the French family kidnapped in Cameroon last week. Boko Haram threatened to kill the hostages, and demanded the release of male Boko Haram members being held prisoner in Cameroon and female members held in Nigeria. Gunmen killed an Adamawa monarch in Maiduguri.
Gunmen kidnapped a professor in Maiduguri a day after suspected terrorists and security forces had clashed in the same area. One person died and homes were destroyed in a clash between Muslims and Christians at a football pitch in Talaba state. Armed men shot and hacked to death 10 people in Plateau state on Feb. 21.
Nigeria's claims that an Iran-backed cell was planning attacks on US and Israeli interests as well as former Nigeria officials were rejected by Iran. The allegations were "made up as the result of the ill will of the enemies of the two countries' good relations," according to Iran's deputy foreign minister.
Ansar al-Muslimeen in the Land of Black Africans (Bilad al-Sudan), a Nigerian jihadist group that announced its formation in June 2012, claimed the recent kidnapping of seven foreigners at a construction site in Bauchi. The group said the kidnappings were a response to alleged transgressions against Islam by European countries in "many places such as Afghanistan and Mali etc."
The Islamist group Ansaru claimed the kidnapping of seven foreign workers at a construction site in the northern state of Bauchi on Feb. 17. The group first blew up two vehicles at a police station in Jama'are, then moved on to the Setraco construction site, killing a guard before taking the seven hostages. Another police station and a prison in Bauchi were also attacked the same day.