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After raiding a bomb factory in Guduwawa village, Kano state officials warned that terrorists are developing backpack IEDs and planning to use school-age suicide bombers during the upcoming Sallah holiday. A new video purportedly from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau surfaced on Oct. 8, in which he displayed weapons seized from government forces and threatened more attacks; officials dismissed it as fake, but some analysts disagreed.

Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a mosque in Damboa town in Borno state, killing five worshipers and setting fire to the palace and residence of the district head; they were then repulsed by the military, which claimed to have killed 15 militants. "Hoodlums" among the estimated 30,000 attendees at Northern Youth Summit in Kaduna attacked campaigners for President Jonathan and event organizers, who escaped harm only because of their private security guards; hundreds of policemen refused to intervene.

Fighter jets bombed suspected Boko Haram camps near Majari on the border between Yobe and Borno states. Security forces have arrested 15 suspects linked to last week's massacre at an agricultural college. The death toll from an attack by alleged Fulani gunmen last week on Zanga village in Kaduna state has risen to about 100; the attackers also destroyed 500 houses. The attacks in the area began in March, when 14 people were killed, and four churches, two schools, and 247 houses were burnt. The army plans to destroy a large quantity of confiscated IEDS in Borno. The trial of 17 Boko Haram suspects was adjourned for a second time in Lagos.

Boko Haram gunmen stormed an agricultural college in Yobe state, killing at least 40 students who had been sleeping in a dormitory, and setting fire to classrooms. Gunmen attacked Zangang village in Kaduna state, killing at least 11 people and burning several houses. Farmers and government officials are fleeing the Gwoza hills area of Borno for fear of imminent attacks by Boko Haram.

Boko Haram fighters killed 27 Nigerians in attacks on two villages. On Sept. 25, jihadists killed six villagers in Gamboru near the Cameroon border. On Sept. 26, Boko Haram fighters returned to Gamboru and killed 21 more people. The Islamist militant group Ansaru posted a video of French hostage Francis Colump, who was kidnapped near the Niger border in December.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video yesterday claiming last week's attacks in Benisheikh and a similar recent attack in Monguno Town in Borno state. In August, Nigerian authorities had said Shekau was killed in a shootout with soldiers. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot and killed a pastor and his two children, then set fire to his church, in Dorawa in Yobe state.

An environmental protection official in Borno state said that 142 people had been killed this week; suspected Boko Haram militants dressed in army uniforms were attacking people at checkpoints. Security officials stormed a hospital in Abuja yesterday to question suspected Boko Haram militants injured in a gunbattle with security forces during a raid on insurgent weapons caches in Abuja that left eight people dead.

Boko Haram killed 23 civilians in yesterday's attack in the village of Benisheik near Maiduguri; hundreds of homes and cars were torched. Boko Haram fighters also killed a soldier and the wife of a policeman in Yobe.

Government officials said that 16 soldiers were killed during an operation against Boko Haram in Borno; officials claimed that 150 Boko Haram fighters were killed. One report claimed that 40 soldiers were killed and 65 more are missing. Boko Haram killed five civilians in a raid on a village in Borno.

The Nigerian military raided a Boko Haram camp in Borno state. The army claims it killed 150 militants, with only 16 losses, but reports allege that approximately 100 soldiers were killed in the attack. Elsewhere in Borno, militants believed to be Boko Haram have begun dressing in military uniforms and killing civilians at roadside checkpoints and torching homes and shops.

The Borno state youth vigilante group arrested 19 Boko Haram suspects from five villages in Konduga after the killing of a vigilante youth by a policeman in Maiduguri. Schools in Yobe state that had been closed since Boko Haram attacks in May reopened yesterday.

The Nigerian army killed 10 Boko Haram militants and recovered rifles and ammunition used by the group. Elsewhere in the country, two Nigerian policemen were killed after Boko Haram attacked their station with RPGs.

Five Boko Haram militants and 13 members of a civilian vigilante group were killed in northern Nigeria on Sunday. The clash occurred the day after at least 50 suspected Boko Haram members were reportedly killed in an encounter with the Nigerian military.

The military said it raided Boko Haram camps in Borno state and killed 50 militants. Earlier this week, Boko Haram militants attacked council headquarters in two villages in Borno state, killing at least 20 people and setting fire to schools, homes, and a clinic. A vigilante group claimed to have arrested 14 armed Boko Haram "informants" at a Maiduguri hospital who had penetrated security in disguise.

Boko Haram killed 24 members of a vigilante militia in an ambush in Monguno. Boko Haram fighters attacked the militia, numbering more than 100 members, as it attempted to raid a camp and detained the Islamist fighters.

An Abuja court approved the extradition to the US of Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, an alleged member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Shiite leader Abdullahi Mustapha Berende has been charged with aiding an Iranian militant cell. Berende, who had reportedly confessed to receiving training in Iran, has been held without trial since December, even after he won a court case to secure his release in June.

At least 24 people have been killed in two separate attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno state. The attacks took place 200 km apart, in Damasak on the border with Niger, and in Bama near the border with Cameroon.

Boko Haram fighters killed 35 villagers and wounded 14 more in an attack in Dumba in Borno state. The attack took place on Aug. 19 but was only reported today.

Boko Haram insurgents dressed in Nigerian military uniforms opened fire on civilians near the border with Cameroon, killing four. The attack is believed to be a reprisal for civilian support of the "Civilian JTF," a government-backed vigilante group formed to fight Boko Haram in northern communities.

Boko Haram leader Abubaker Shekau is believed to have died in Cameroon, according to the Nigerian military. A senior officer said Shekau was gravely wounded in a military raid on June 30, and that a video of Shekau released on Aug. 13 was "dramatized by an imposter to hoodwink the sect members to continue with the terrorism."