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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."




Authorities claimed that Momodu Bama, Boko Haram's operations officer under Abubaker Shekau, has been killed in Borno. Bama, who is also known as Abu Saad, was killed along with his father, Abatcha Flatari, when the military attempted to arrest them. The Interior Ministry said that the army is making progress against Boko Haram; on Aug. 11, the terror group killed 44 people in an attack on a Borno mosque.




The Nigerian military claimed to have captured over 1,000 members of Boko Haram since the government declared emergency rule three months ago in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. The al Qaeda-linked group still has an estimated 6,000 active fighters, who have moved into other states to continue the insurgency.




Seventeen Boko Haram fighters and a policemen were killed when the Islamist group attacked a police station in Bama. Fifteen more Boko Haram fighters and two soldiers were killed in a clash in Malam Fatori.




The High Court is considering the possible extradition of Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, a Nigerian al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operative who is wanted by the US on terrorism charges. The US-based operative, who allegedly trained with Anwar al Awlaki and Samir Khan in Yemen, fled to Nigeria after realizing the FBI sought to arrest him. Three Lebanese Hezbollah suspects asked to be transferred to prison so as to avoid interrogation by "foreign mercenaries." The suspects said they plan to call a top member of Hezbollah testify about the organization, its operations in Nigeria, and their role in it.




The head of police said Nigeria's war on terror is not over as insurgents in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states continue to inflict harm despite the imposition of a state of emergency. Joint Nigerian and Nigerien operations resulted in the arrests of Boko Haram terrorists who had been driven out of northern Nigeria into Niger. The leader was detained in Karanga, Niger, and his accomplices were detained in Nigeria. The group was said to be planning attacks in villages along the border. Accused Hezbollah operative Talal Ahmad Roda told a court that another man, identified as Abdulhassan Tahir, was behind a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador; Tahir is at large. Saudi Arabia said it was unaware of the alleged plot.




Suspected Boko Haram militants on motorbikes stormed a construction site in Yobe state and stole about 275 pounds of dynamite. Nigeria began pulling some of its 1,200 soldiers out of Mali to help confront the Islamist insurgency at home. Hackers infiltrated the computer system of the army headquarters in Abuja, sending out fraudulent messages.




Security forces detained 42 suspected Boko Haram fighters during raids in the states of Lagos and Ogun. Intelligence indicates that Boko Haram is moving some of its fighters to the south. Armed militias, supported by the military, continue to patrol Maiduguri in an attempt to protect neighborhoods from Boko Haram.




Security agencies issued a "red alert" after receiving credible intelligence of bombings being planned for locations inside the country near the end of Ramadan. Several bomb blasts rocked the northern city of Kano, killing at least 29 people and injuring scores more. Nigerian prosecutors added charges of money laundering and smuggling to the terror charges already filed against three Lebanese Hezbollah operatives.




A military spokesman said that Boko Haram gunmen killed 20 civilians and wounded a dozen others in Dawashe in Borno state after a civilian vigilante group had arrived in the village to look for insurgents. No information was given as to insurgent casualties. The vigilante leader claimed that the insurgents killed five vigilantes and 20 civilians who were mostly fishermen and traders.




Three suspected Boko Haram gunmen who reportedly stormed a mosque in Maiduguri with the intention of killing the imam were themselves killed by angry members of the congregation; security forces claimed Boko Haram was not involved. Local residents in southern Kaduna state killed five gunmen from a militant group who were attacking a village. Protests were held across Nigeria yesterday against a proposal by an Islamist politician to allow marriage to youth under the age of 18.




Unidentified gunmen attacked a divisional police headquarters in Kaduna state, killing two policemen. The government is said to be planning to pull some of its 1,200 soldiers out of the UN peacekeeping force in Mali, "because of the domestic situation in Nigeria."




A court denied bail to Mustapha Fawaz, Abdallah Thahini, and Talal Ahmad Roda, three Lebanese Hezbollah members who are suspected of plotting attacks on Israeli and Western targets in Nigeria; a fourth suspect remains at large. The military lifted a phone blackout in Adamawa state that had been imposed in May when Adamawa, Yobe, and Borno were placed in a state of emergency due to Boko Haram attacks.




Yesterday Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, the head of the government's amnesty committee, announced the signing of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, saying Boko Haram members had agreed to lay down their arms. Today Turkaki said the deal had not yet been finalized but that Boko Haram was already observing the ceasefire. Influential Boko Haram member Imam Muhammadu Marwana confirmed the agreement; he also denied the group was responsible for the recent school attack in Yobe that killed at least 30 students. Four members of Boko Haram were sentenced to life in prison for bomb attacks on an electoral office and a church in 2012 in which 19 people were killed. Only a few of the hundreds of militants said to have been arrested have been taken to court, and the recent life terms are the heaviest sentences given to Boko Haram members so far.




Schools in Yobe state were ordered to be closed after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a school dormitory with guns and bombs yesterday, killing 42 people. The military killed 22 Boko Haram militants during a raid in Yobe on July 4. Yobe state authorities asked the military to restore mobile phone service, which has been cut off since mid-May as a means of preventing insurgent communications. The Joint Task Force Commander in Yobe state recently claimed that Boko Haram attacks had been curtailed.




Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 29 students as well as a teacher in an attack on a boarding school near Potiskum in Yobe state. The attackers set the school on fire, then shot students as they tried to flee; a number of students were burnt to death, and some reports put the death toll at 42.