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Nigeria Security Tracker: Weekly Update May 29 – June 5

by John Campbell
June 9, 2014

A policeman sitting at the back of a truck makes a phone call before the start of a speak-out session of "bring back our girls" rally in Lagos, June 7, 2014. (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters)


Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from May 29 to June 5, 2014. These incidents are also available here, and are included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.

  • May 31: Boko Haram killed forty-three people in four towns across Borno state.
  • June 1: Sixty people were killed when a bomb exploded near a bar screening a football match in Adamawa state. Boko Haram was blamed for the attack.
  • June 1: Boko Haram opened fire on a church service in Borno, killing twelve people. Vigilantes, however, pursued the attackers, killing thirty-seven of them.
  • June 2: Cameroon’s military killed sixty Boko Haram members in Dabanga, across the border from Nigeria’s Borno state.
  • June 3: Boko Haram killed approximately four hundred people in three villages across the Gwoza local government area in Borno state. This was partly as revenge for the killing of thirty-seven of their own members on June 1. They came dressed as soldiers and told the villagers they were there to protect them before opening fire on the crowd.
  • June 4: Members of Boko Haram dressed as preachers killed forty-five people in a village near Maiduguri, Borno state.
  • June 5: After killing several civilians in Kwabula, Adamawa state Boko Haram attacked a Nigerian army outpost, just as the soldiers, backed by a fighter jet, moved to counter the militants. Three other villagers died in Madagali when a Nigerian air force jet dropped a bomb on them as they put out the fire at the church. Total casualty numbers are still inconclusive.

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