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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.
Boko Haram is suspected of kidnapping a Briton, an Italian, a Greek and four Lebanese workers from a construction site in Bauchi. The military is establishing a task force to deal with terrorist attacks.
The Kano state police commissioner ordered the arrest of three journalists at Wazobia FM radio after nine polio vaccination workers were killed on Feb. 8, accusing the journalists of broadcasting comments that sparked the attacks. One of the journalists was released today. There is no evidence linking the broadcast to the murders.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on motorbikes killed nine polio health workers in Kano. Some Muslim leaders in Kano claim the vaccination campaign is a plot against Muslim children.
Suspected Boko Haram fighters killed six park rangers and captured several more in an attack at the Sambisa game reserve. The attack was apparently in reprisal for a military assault on a Boko Haram camp last week.
Security forces killed 17 Boko Haram fighters during two raids on training camps in Borno state. One soldier was also killed in the fighting. The raids occur despite a supposed truce that is being observed by Boko Haram.
Boko Haram fighters murdered and then beheaded five people in Maiduguri. The military said it killed two Boko Haram fighters in the city and detained three more. President Goodluck Jonathan said the military is in Mali to protect Nigerian citizens.
The Islamist group Ansaru claimed an attack on a convoy of Nigerian troops in Kogi state, saying it was to stop African countries from joining the intervention against Islamists in Mali. Suspected Islamist gunmen killed four people in Kano state in an attack on the convoy of a senior Muslim leader.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that Boko Haram emir Abubakar Shekau was wounded in a gunbattle with the Joint Task Force and escaped to Mali. Two soldiers who were preparing to deploy to Mali were killed in an IED attack in Kogi.
Authorities arrested two men suspected of plotting a double suicide attack against a church at a military base in Kaduna in November 2012 in which 15 people were killed. Other suspects are also being questioned about the attack, which was blamed on Boko Haram.
Mohammed Zahinga, a wanted Boko Haram leader behind "most of the suicide attacks and bombings in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum" was arrested near Maiduguri. Zahinga, a.k.a. Mallam Abdullahi and Alhaji Musa, was plotting attacks against civilians and security personnel in the city,
Officials in the east-central state of Benue confirmed that Boko Haram has infiltrated the state and appealed to the federal government to deploy antiterrorism forces to Benue. In Kano state, police said they had recovered 1,123 improved explosive devices in the state in 2012 and had defused 68 such devices that year.
Suspected Boko Haram militants staged a brazen attack against the Nigerian Prison Service Farm Center in Maiduguri, freeing several jailed inmates. The previous day, Boko Haram militants and Nigerian state security forces clashed near Maiduguri and Marte, leaving at least seven killed.