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Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the Dec. 2 Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri. At least 25 Boko Haram fighters were killed yesterday near the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway; an unconfirmed report stated that six Boko Haram fighters were arrested in connection to the attack.

At least nine people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack along the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway. The military has claimed that Boko Haram is forcefully conscripting in Borno to replenish its numbers.

President Jonathan has given his support to the creation of an African rapid response force that could help fight Boko Haram. A Human Rights Commission is investigating rights abuses and illegal detention centers used to imprison suspected Boko Haram fighters.

According to President Jonathan, the Maiduguri attack confirms Boko Haram's external sponsorship, and that poverty is not a factor in the insurgency. Borno state's governor will give N100 million in compensation to Boko Haram victims. Borno has faced an upsurge in suspected Boko Haram abductions along a major motorway.

Investigations have begun into suspected Boko Haram collaborators within the military after the Maiduguri attack. An interim report regarding a probe has been written, and President Jonathan will soon be briefed.

A Defense Headquarters Joint Investigation Team has recommended that Nigeria immediately try 500 of the 1,400 Boko Haram suspects detained in and around Maiduguri. It also recommended releasing another 167, while 614 whose cases were inconclusive have been recommended for review.

The government will seek foreign help in training and information-sharing, but has ruled out seeking military assistance to fight terrorism after the latest Boko Haram raid. One of Nigeria's largest opposition parties has called for a probe into intelligence failures before the attack, and questioned how several hundred militants could strike a military facility in a large city without prior warning. The trial of 17 suspected Boko Haram members in Lagos will be held behind closed doors.

Boko Haram launched a major assault on an air force base in Maiduguri in Borno state. A 24-hour curfew has been imposed in the state.

State Security Services (SSS) have been ordered to produce a Federal High Court order that allowed them to detain suspected Boko Haram cleric Muhammad Nazeef Yunus for another 45 days. The Army has recently acquired new arms and ammunition to help in the fight against Boko Haram.

It has been claimed that the military killed over 100 Boko Haram militants in Borno state last night. The Nigerian army said that it does not plan to reopen blocked cell phone networks in Borno anytime soon. A sectarian crisis is brewing in Plateau state, where Fulani herdsmen have killed 37 people in four largely Berom villages. The cattle-herding Fulani are mostly Muslim, and most Berom are Christian.

12 Nigerians were killed over the weekend when suspected Boko Haram militants raided a village in northeastern Nigeria. The ongoing insurgency has led the International Criminal Court to officially designate Nigeria as embroiled in a civil war.

The family of alleged Boko Haram cell leader Muhammad Nazeef protested his arrest, claiming he was "set up." Boko Haram killed at least six people and injured many more during an attack that lasted several hours in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state. Police closed all roads leading out of Yola as they pursued the attackers.

A Borno state official accused Cameroonian authorities of habitually refusing to arrest or chase Boko Haram militants fleeing across the border after attacks in Nigeria. Borno has mobilized another 1,000 volunteers to join the controversial Civilian JTF. In Abuja, state security paraded five suspected Boko Haram members said to have been planning attacks in Kogi state.

The government extended emergency rule in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe, in an effort to crush the Boko Haram insurgency. In Kano state, Nigerian forces killed two Boko Haram militants and recovered weapons and ammunition.

Hours after Nigeria's ambassador to the US claimed Nigeria was opposed to the recent Foreign Terrorist Organization designation of Boko Haram, as "Nigeria is safe and capable of curtailing the group," a Boko Haram raid killed 26 civilians and razed 40 houses in Borno state. In Abuja, a Boko Haram member was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the April 26, 2012 bombing of newspaper offices in Kaduna.

Two Americans kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea have been freed and taken ashore in Nigeria. The pair were abducted from an American-flagged oil industry vessel off the Nigerian coast in October.

President Jonathan extended the state of emergency in Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa states due to "security challenges"; the Adamawa state governor objected. A Nigerian official said Nigeria needs Cameroon's help in order to "silence" Boko Haram; Cameroon claims to have already stepped up security along the Nigerian border. The UN said Boko Haram members could be considered war criminals. The Army killed seven Boko Haram militants in Bama in Borno. The police banned "political, socio-cultural or religious gatherings" at airports.

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed over 30 members of a wedding party in Adamawa state. Kano residents foiled an arson attack on a PDP party office. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video claiming an Oct. 24 attack that killed 35 soldiers. President Jonathan was asked to cancel the visit of Bill Gates for fear it may trigger Boko Haram attacks on polio workers. The government is building an integrated data and information infrastructure system to help address the security challenges posed by Boko Haram.

The military claimed to have destroyed terrorist camps in Borno state and seized several vehicles used by Boko Haram. A captured Boko Haram member said the group had doctors, mechanics, welders, carpenters, professional drivers, "butchers, security experts, gun instructors and so on," in its ranks, and that members from Chad, Cameroon, and Niger participate in attacks.

The military claimed to have killed 74 Boko Haram insurgents during an air and ground assault on their camps in Borno state; other insurgents are said to have fled, and two soldiers were injured. The military imposed a 24-hour curfew on Yobe state after insurgent attacks in Damaratu. Police banned the sale of all forms of explosives, including fireworks, in Kano. The military released three of six suspected Boko Haram members arrested at Maiduguri airport. The trial of 17 alleged Boko Haram members in Lagos Federal High Court was adjourned for the third time and journalists were barred from the proceedings.