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Attacks, abductions: an upsurge in violence in Nigeria

25 November 2014, 21:29

Lagos - Nigeria has seen an upsurge in violence linked to the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, including a series of bloody attacks and the unprecedented abduction of more than 250 schoolgirls.

The insurgency has left more than 13,000 dead since 2009.

- April 14, 2014: 276 young girls are seized from their school by Boko Haram gunmen in Chibok, a remote corner of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria. Fifty-seven of the girls manage to flee, while 219 are still being held.

- April 14: At least 75 people die in a bomb blast in a packed bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja, the deadliest attack yet to strike the city. Boko Haram claims responsibility.

- May 5: Boko Haram gunmen raze the town of Gamboru Ngala in Borno state, killing at least 300 people, according to local sources.

- May 20: Twin car bombings in the central Nigerian city of Jos, blamed on Boko Haram, kill at least 118 and bring entire buildings down.

- June 1: A bomb attack targeting fans at a football match in the town of Mubi, in northeastern Adamawa state, kills more than 40.

- June 3: Heavily armed gunmen raid four northeastern villages in Borno state, with local leaders putting the death toll as high as 400-500. A day later another attack kills 45 on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

- June 29: More than 50 are killed when suspected Boko Haram gunmen riding on motorcycles target churches in four villages near Chibok during Sunday services.

- July 13: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau voices support for the extremist Sunni Islamic State (IS) militant group, which has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

- July 23: Two blasts rock northern Kaduna city killing at least 42. A local official says former military ruler turned opposition figurehead Muhammadu Buhari was the target of the second attack but was unhurt.

- August 24: Shekau claims he has created an Islamic caliphate in the town of Gwoza, in Borno state.

- October 18: Around 60 women and young girls are abducted around Chibok, according to witnesses.

- October 18: Nigeria claims to have reached a deal with Boko Haram on a ceasefire and the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls but doubts immediately surround the purported breakthrough as violence continues.

- October 26: A local chief says 30 adolescents have been abducted in the village of Mafa in Borno state.

- October 31: Shekau says the 219 abducted schoolgirls have been converted to Islam and married off, ruling out talks with the authorities on a ceasefire.

- November 9: Shekau says that he has created a caliphate in the more than 20 northeastern towns conquered by the insurgents.

- November 10: A suicide attack kills at least 58 people at a boys school in Potiskum in Yobe state.

- November 19: At least 45 are killed in an attack blamed on Boko Haram on a village in the Mafa region.

- November 20: 48 fishmongers have their throats cut or are drowned by the group at Doron Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad.

- November 25: More than 45 people die in twin bomb blasts at a packed market in Maiduguri.



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