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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb executed a German hostage as the military launched a raid to rescue him in the city of Kano. AQIM had demanded the release of a female jihadist imprisoned in Germany. An Italian engineer was kidnapped in Kwara.
Police arrested two suspected Boko Haram fighters who were plotting to bomb government offices in Abuja, including the Police Headquarters, and the Federal Ministry of Information and Communication. Police also arrested a suspect in the bombings at the Bayero University in Kano.
Security forces found a Boko Haram bomb factory in Jos. The US and Nigeria will discuss Boko Haram, and the Justice Department has begun pressing for Boko Haram to be labeled a foreign terrorist organization.
The Minister of Police Affairs said that Boko Haram has conducted 118 attacks and killed 308 people so far this year. The attacks have taken place in in Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Niger, Yobe, and Plateau states.
Police arrested Suleiman Mohammed, the operational leader for Boko Haram in the northern city of Kano; weapons and explosives were also seized in the raid at his hideout. The senior Boko Haram commander is from the Yoruba tribe in southern Nigeria.
Police found three "high caliber time bombs" on the campus of a Kano university; less than two weeks ago, gunmen attacked Christian worship services at the university, killing 15 people. Boko Haram, which has threatened attacks on universities and the media, is suspected in the bomb plot.
Special forces stormed a suspected Boko Haram hideout in Kano, killing four terrorists and arresting a dozen more. In Maiduguri, a clash between insurgents and soldiers that broke out at a Boko Haram wedding killed three civilians. Boko Haram is suspected in a jailbreak in Borno state, and a cattle raid in Potiskum in which 34 people were killed.
A Boko Haram suicide bomber killed 11 people and wounded more than 20 in an attack on a police convoy in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba state. A senior police official who was traveling in the convoy escaped unhurt.
An assault on Christian worshipers at a university campus in Kano killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens more. The attackers, who arrived on motorbikes, are suspected to be members of the al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram. A second attack today, at a church in Maiduguri, killed five people, including a pastor.
The editor of ThisDay confirmed that a suicide bomber drove a jeep into the newspaper's office in Abuja, killing two people. There more people were killed in a bombing at the newspaper's office in Kaduna.
Five Boko Haram fighters died in a premature detonation as they attempted to plant a roadside bomb in Biu. The district is one of five in the north under a state of emergency.
The US said that Boko Haram is planning to conduct attacks in Abuja, "including against hotels frequently visited by Westerners." "Gunmen" killed a police inspector and a former customs official in Maiduguri.
Soldiers from the Joint Task Force killed one Boko Haram fighter and detained 13 others during raids in the northern city of Maiduguri. Troops also found IEDs and weapons.
Boko Haram fighters killed two people in a shooting in Maiduguri and wounded three more in an IED attack in Kano. Security forces arrested 50 foreign nationals from Niger, Chad, and Mali after Boko Haram threatened the government.
Boko Haram reportedly executed Mohammed Anwal Kontagora, its new spokesman. Kontagora, who assumed the name of Abu Qaqa, is said to had been killed for plans to defect.