Special report: Boko haram atrocities continue despite “defeat”
After series of failures, Nigeria is replacing the military commander of the fight against Boko Haram after half a year following a string of insurgency attacks despite years of official claims the group has almost been defeated, military sources said on Wednesday.
The shake-up underscores the fragility of the security situation in Nigeria’s northeast, where the conflict with the Islamist insurgent group is now in its ninth year, despite assertions by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration that it is on its last legs.
An estimated 550 civilians died in Boko Haram attacks in 2016 compared to almost 3,500 in 2015
Boko Haram attacks in 2017 (by August) are responsible for the death of more than 200 people in the restive northern region of the country.
Ibrahim Attahiru, theatre commander of the operation against Boko Haram, is being replaced by Major General Rogers Nicholas in the wake of a series of “embarrassing” attacks, two military sources told Reuters.
They said the conduct of the war against the insurgents is now being reviewed.
The attacks, that occurred during Attahiru’s command, include the kidnapping of members of an oil prospecting team which led to at least 37 people being killed in July, and deadly assaults on the towns of Magumeri, Biu and Madagali, the sources said.
A military spokesman declined to comment on the replacement of Attahiru. A spokesman for the president, who serves as Nigeria’s commander-in-chief, also declined to comment.
The governor of Borno state, which is at the epicentre of the insurgency, has said the government’s long-term plan now is to corral civilians inside fortified garrison towns – effectively ceding the countryside to Boko Haram.
That plan and the spate of deadly attacks have raised questions about assertions by the government and military that Boko Haram has been all but wiped out, as well as doubts about Nigeria’s ability to retain sovereign integrity in the northeast.
Boko Haram has overtaken the so-called Islamic State as the “most deadly terror group in the world.” The Global Terrorism Index said Boko Haram killed more people — 6,644 — in terror attacks during 2014 than any other group. The Islamic State, which is based in Syria and Iraq and this week brought its deadly violence to Baghdad, Beirut and Paris, follows closely behind, at 6,073 deaths through terrorism in 2014.
An estimated 20,000 people have been killed [at the hands of the army and boko haram] and more than two million have fled their homes since Boko Haram launched an armed campaign in 2009 to create an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.
Boko Haram carried out probably its most vicious attacks in January 2015 around Baga, a fishing settlement in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, killing at least 2,000 people and sacking the military base of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
While 9,500 civilians have died in the conflict and the number of displaced people has increased from just over 1 million at the end of 2014 to almost 2 million in 2015.
- Boko haram kidnapped about 276 teenage girls from a boarding school in Chibok in Borno
- Here’s a timeline of the group’s attacks since January 2017:
January 7 – At least five soldiers were killed during an attack by Boko Haram fighters on an army base in Buni Yadi, Yobe state.
January 8 – Two people in Borno were killed in a residential area in the Kaleri area of Gwange after an attack by two female suicide bombers. Hours prior to this, three suicide bombers, all male, attacked a military checkpoint in the area, killing themselves and a civilian self-defense fighter after one of the vests detonated.
January 13 – When militants attacked the 119 Battalion and 133 Special Forces Battalion of 7 Brigade deployed to Kangarwa, Kukawa Local Government Area, Borno state, three soldiers were killed in the encounter that also resulted in 10 Boko Haram casualties.
On the same day, four suicide bombers had staged an attack in Madagali that killed at least five civilians.
January 16 – In what was the first attack of many on the premises of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in 2017, a twin suicide bombing by two teenagers on the school campus resulted in the death of three people, including Professor Aliyu Mani, the director of the university’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
January 23 – After invading the Dzaku village of Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno state, Boko Haram fighters killed eight people and kidnapped an undetermined number of women and children.
January 25 – A civilian member of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Kaleri district of Maïduguri, Borno lost his life after two suicide bombers detonated their vests upon confrontation while trying to enter a mosque.
January 28 – A recently secured Maiduguri-Biu highway was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists, leading to the death of seven people. There were reports that claimed that the number of casualties was actually more than 20 civilians in a convoy that had been travelling under military escort. The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, refuted the figure, claiming that only one person had died.
January 31 – One person died after a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Dalori quarters, close to UNIMAID, during morning prayers.
February 5 – Boko Haram terrorists launched an attack on a military base and went ahead to burn down Sasawa, a town near Damaturu, Yobe state. No official death toll was released.
February 10 – Seven soldiers lost their lives after troops of Operation Lafiya Dole fell into a Boko Haram ambush in Ajiri village of Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno state.
February 11 – Terrorists invaded Mussa Village of Askira-Uba LGA, Borno state, burning dozens of residential houses with a man suspected to have been trapped in the attack.
February 13 – About 30 armed Boko Haram terrorists gained access to Mifa community in Chibok LGA, Borno, killing an Islamic scholar and breaking a boy’s hand.
February 16 – An attack by three suicide bombers near Muna Garage, a bus station in Maiduguri, left two civilians dead.
March 14 – Boko Haram released a video that showed the execution of three people accused of being spies for the Nigerian army.
March 15 – Boko Haram terrorists attacked Magumeri in Borno state, killing seven people.
March 16 – Four soldiers died in another attack on Magumeri after an estimated 300 Boko Haram fighters targeted the military and a local police station.
March 25 – Militants kidnapped 18 girls and four women from Pulka village in Gwoza.
March 30 – In two separate attacks, Boko Haram successfully abducted 22 girls and women from the village of Pulka and outside the village of Dumba. The abducted victims in Dumba were four women from the family of a herdsman who had refused to pay protection money to the terrorist group.
March 31 – At least three people were killed by Boko Haram in an attack on Kaye near Gumisiri village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno, where terrorists burnt down the village and kidnapped dozens of people, including three women.
April 5 – Boko Haram fighters killed seven men in a farming community outside Maiduguri, and stole an estimated 360 head of livestock.
April 12 – A soldier was killed during a suicide and gun attack on a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
May 4 – An attack by two female suicide bombers on Mandarari ward in Konduga LGA in Borno resulted in the death of five people.
May 13 – In another attack on UNIMAID, two suicide bombers detonated their vests when they were confronted, killing themselves and one security guard.
Nine Boko Haram terrorists also killed 11 farmers in Amarwa, a village in Konduga LGA, 16 kilometers away from Maiduguri.
May 15 – A suicide bomb attack by three female bombers resulted in the death of two people in Shuwari Buri village, close to Maiduguri.
May 18 – In two separate attacks, three suicide bombers were killed when they attacked UNIMAID again, reportedly killing one soldier.
May 20 – Seven people died when Boko Haram fighters stormed remote villages in Mussa and shot at villagers in Askira-Uba LGA, Borno state. An unspecified number of people were also reportedly kidnapped.
June 7 – In multiple attacks that rocked the eastern axis of Maiduguri, at least 10 people were killed.
June 8 – After the arrest of a Boko Haram commander in a failed attack in the village of Hambagba, near Gwoza, on the Cameroon border, almost a dozen terrorists invaded the community, killing four people and kidnapping six.
June 9 – Two teenage boys were killed in Fadama Rake village in Hong Council, Adamawa state, after unknown people handed them explosives contained in a polythene bag.
June 11 – After simultaneous raids by Boko Haram terrorists on Komdi and Tuyan villages in Borno, at least five people were reportedly killed.
June 18 – 12 people were killed by three suicide bombers who detonated explosives in separate attacks on Kofa, a village that’s only 8 kilometers from Maiduguri.
June 20 – After an ambush attack by militants on a police convoy on the Maiduguri-Biu highway, three people were killed while 16 women were reportedly kidnapped. Boko Haram later released a video, claiming some of the kidnapped women were police officers.
June 25 – A UNIMAID security guard was killed by a suicide bomber, while eight others died in another attack by four suicide bombers in Zannari community in Maiduguri.
July 11 – 12 JTF members and seven civilians were killed in separate attacks on Moloi, Judumeri and Polo-Sabongari areas of Maiduguri.
July 15 – A 12-year-old boy was killed at Muna Delti area of Jere Local Government Council, Borno state after he was strapped with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
July 17 – Eight people were killed when a female suicide bomber detonated explosives at a mosque in Maiduguri.
July 23 – Seven people died when suicide bombers attacked two Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri.
July 25 – In what was Boko Haram’s bloodiest attack in 2017, at least 69 people, including soldiers and civilians, died after an ambush of an oil exploration team in the Magumeri area of Borno.
July 28 – At least eight people were killed and 14 others injured in a suicide bomb attack on an IDP camp in Dikwa LGA, Borno.
August 1 – After an attack on Mildu village in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa state, Boko Haram terrorists killed 7 people and injured 10 others.
August 4 – A suicide bomb attack at the Molai General Hospital, Maiduguri led to the death of three people including a hospital assistant.
August 5 – At least 31 fishermen were killed by Boko Haram jihadists in two separate attacks on the islands of Duguri and Dabar Wanzam in Lake Chad.
August 9 – At least one person was confirmed dead from an attack by Boko Haram Islamists in Ghumbili community in the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa.
August 11 – Two tractor operators were killed by Boko Haram terrorists in Jere LGA of Borno while they were working on a farm.
August 12 – At least four people were killed in an attack at Wanori-Amarwa community of Konduga LGA of Borno.
August 15 – A suicide bomb attack on a market in Konduga resulted in the death of 16 people, with more than 80 others sustaining injuries.
August 20 – Two people were killed following an ambush by suspected Boko Haram terrorists along Damaturu-Biu road in Yobe state.
- Boko Haram kills six villagers in Borno 22/08/2017
- Boko Haram kidnaps five in Borno 29/08/2017
- Boko Haram kidnaps four, kills one in Borno 29/08/2017
- Militants attack Police station in Bayelsa, kill one, injure many 05/09/2017
- Boko Haram kills six farmers in Nigeria 06/09/2017
- Boko Haram kills two farmers in Nigeria 07/09/2017
- Suicide bombers injure eight at NDLEA checkpoint in Maiduguri 08/09/2017
- Boko Haram kills village chief imam, four others in Borno 17/09/2017
- Boko Haram kills nine IDPs in Borno 20/09/2017
- Five killed as suicide bomber blew self up in Maiduguri mosque 26/09/2017
- Three killed, 150 homes set ablaze in Boko Haram raid in Borno 27/09/2017
- 4 soldiers feared dead in Boko Haram ambush in Borno village 02/10/2017
- 15 killed as Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack 10/10/2017
- Four Suicide Bombers Die On A Failed Mission in Maiduguri 11/10/2017
- Boko Haram suicide bomber kills five in Borno 12/10/2017
- Insurgents raid military base in Borno, kill one, injure nine 13/10/2017
- Boko Haram kills three soldiers in Nigeria 18/10/2017
- Six Die, Scores Wounded As Boko Haram Terrorists Ambush Army Commanding Officer’s Convoy 19/10/2017
- Boko Haram suicide bombers attack Borno, kill 16 22/10/2017
- Boko Haram: Soldiers kill 12 terrorists, rescue 85 hostages – Official 24/10/2017
- Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attack Yobe village 24/10/2017
- Two female suicide bombers strike in Adamawa 28/10/2017
- Two female suicide bombers killed in Maiduguri 29/10/2017
- Suicide bomber attacks mosque in Maiduguri, kills five worshippers 30/10/2017
- Four killed, 12 wounded in Boko Haram ambush in Borno 30/10/2017
- Boko Haram attacks Borno village, abducts 10 residents 04/11/2017
- Suspected Boko Haram members kill six in Borno village 03/11/2017
- Suicide bombers kill selves, two others 05/11/2017
- Scores feared dead as Boko Haram attacks Adamawa 06/11/2017
- Boko Haram kills three soldiers in ambush 10/11/2017
November 15: 18 killed, 29 injured as suicide bombers attack Maiduguri Maiduguri Borno
November 15: Boko Haram attacks two Adamawa communities Sabon Gari and Kafin Hausa
November 18: Four suicide bombers killed themselves and two others in Jere, Borno. Boko Haram was suspected.
November 19: Boko Haram beheaded six farmers in Mafa, Borno.
November 20: A Boko Haram suicide bomber killed himself and two others in Kolofata, Cameroon.
November 21: A suicide bomber killed himself and fifty-nine others at a mosque in Mubi North, Adamawa. Boko Haram was suspected.
November 23: Suspected Boko Haram militants killed seven in Gombi, Adamawa.
November 25: Boko Haram killed three soldiers and one civilian in Magumeri, Borno.
November 29: Boko Haram killed five in Madagali, Adamawa.
November 30: Nigerian troops killed three Boko Haram militants and lost one soldier in Dikwa, Borno.
- Boko haram Facts:
In the local Hausa dialect, Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden.”
The group also refers to itself as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, meaning “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad.”
Boko Haram militants mainly inhabit areas in the northern states of Nigeria, specifically Yobe, Kano, Bauchi, Borno and Kaduna.
Originally, Boko Haram was referred to locally as the Nigerian Taliban because of their religious similarities to the Taliban.
Boko Haram does not engage in Nigeria’s political system out of an adherence to a fundamentalist form of Islam, which forbids participation unless the system is based on Sharia, or Islamic law.
Relatively peaceful presidential and gubernatorial elections in March and April 2015 marked a positive shift in Nigeria’s history of political violence.
However, the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari has not diminished the potency of the country’s serious human rights challenges.
Violence and insecurity persist in the northeast despite the recapture, from the militant group Boko Haram, of dozens of towns and the rescue of over 1,000 hostages by Nigerian and neighboring countries’ forces.
Boko Haram carried out probably its most vicious attacks in January around Baga, a fishing settlement in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, killing at least 2,000 people and sacking the military base of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
2002 – The group, which may have existed since the late 1990s, organizes under the Muslim cleric Mohammed Yusuf. It is centered in Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern state of Borno.
December 2003 – The first known attack by Boko Haram includes roughly 200 militants, who attack multiple police stations in the state of Yobe, near the Niger border.
July 2009 – The Boko Haram uprising begins in Bauchi and spreads to the states of Borno, Kano and Yobe. The militant group kills scores of police officers. A joint military task force responds, leaving more than 700 Boko Haram members dead and its operational mosque destroyed. The uprising ends when police capture the group’s leader. His deputy, Abubakar Shekau, reportedly dies in the uprising. Yusuf later dies in police custody. Police say he is shot during an attempted escape, but Boko Haram claims it is an extrajudicial execution.
July 2010 – Boko Haram releases a video statement in which Yusuf’s deputy who allegedly died the previous year, Shekau, claims to be the leader of the group.
September 7, 2010 – In the state of Bauchi, 50 Boko Haram militants attack a prison, killing five people and releasing more than 700 inmates.
May 29, 2011 – The day of President Goodluck Jonathan’s inauguration, Boko Haram detonates three IEDs near a military barracks in the city of Bauchi in Bauchi State. At least 10 people die in the attack.
August 25, 2011 – Twelve people die after Boko Haram militants attack a police station and two banks in the city of Gombi in Adamawa.
August 26, 2011 – Boko Haram attacks the United Nations compound in Abuja. A car bomb kills 23 people and injures more than 75 others.
November 4, 2011 – More than 100 die in multiple attacks in Yobo, Damaturu and Borno states. Boko Haram militants utilize IEDs and vehicle-borne IEDs to target security forces and their offices, markets and 11 churches.
January 2012 – A newly formed splinter group, known as Ansaru, announces Abu Usmatul Al-Ansari as its leader.
January 20, 2012 – More than 200 people are killed when Boko Haram launches coordinated attacks targeting police, military, a prison and other targets in the city of Kano in Kano State.
August 23, 2012 – Unverified media reports claim that Boko Haram has begun peace talks with the Nigerian government. Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qa Qa warns the media against making any more claims, “We are telling the government to understand that if it is not ready to embrace Sharia and the Quran as the guiding book from which the laws of the land derive, there shall be no peace… [and media agencies] should understand that for us there is no difference between those fighting with guns and with the pen.”
February 19, 2013 – Militants alleging to be Boko Haram kidnap a French family of seven in a national park in northern Cameroon; however, the affiliation with Boko Haram cannot be verified. The family is later released.
April 2013 – President Goodluck Jonathan states he has appointed a team to explore the possibility of amnesty for Islamist militants. Shekau responds in an audio statement: “Surprisingly the Nigerian government is talking about granting us amnesty. What wrong have we done? On the contrary, it is we that should grant you pardon.”
April 19, 2013 – Boko Haram battles with multinational security forces from Niger, Nigeria and Chad in the city of Baga in Borno State, leaving nearly 200 people dead, including many civilians. Shekau releases a video in May saying Boko Haram is not responsible for the civilian deaths.
May 15, 2013 – Nigeria’s Ministry of Defence announces a military offensive has begun in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe to “rid the nation’s border territories of terrorist bases and activities.”
June 4, 2013 – President Jonathan approves the proscription of Boko Haram and splinter group Ansaru as terrorist organizations.
June 2013 – Boko Haram targets churches in various states on three Sundays in a row, leaving more than 50 people dead.
August 14, 2013 – The Ministry of Defence announces the death of Boko Haram’s second-in-command, Momodu Baba (known as Abu Saad).
August 19, 2013 – Nigeria’s chief army spokesperson claims Shekau may have died after an attack on June 30, but the claim is never verified.
September 17, 2013 – Boko Haram gunmen dress in military uniforms and stage a fake checkpoint near Benisheik in Borno, burning vehicles and executing travelers, leaving at least 143 people dead.
September 25, 2013 – A man claiming to be Shekau appears in a video and says that he is alive and well. However, his identity is not verified.
November 13, 2013 – The US State Department adds Boko Haram and Ansaru to its list of terrorist organizations.
January 26, 2014 – At least 45 are killed in a market in Kawuri in Borno after Boko Haram militants open fire.
February 11, 2014 – At least 23 people are killed when suspected Boko Haram militants torch houses in the village of Konduga, according to the governor of Borno state.
April 14, 2014 – Boko Haram militants kidnap approximately 276 teenage girls from a boarding school in Chibok in Borno. Officials there say some of the girls were able to escape. The kidnapping sparks global outrage and a #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media.
May 5, 2014 – In a video statement, a man claiming to be Shekau says, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah…there is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.”
May 13, 2014 – Hundreds of Boko Haram militants storm three villages in the state of Borno. Villagers resist, killing more than 200 Boko Haram fighters.
May 20, 2014 – Twin blasts in the city of Jos kill 118 people at a market. Nigerian authorities describe the blasts as “terrorist activities” but decline to speculate on who might be responsible.
May 21, 2014 – The White House announces that the United States has sent 80 troops to Chad to help search for the kidnapped schoolgirls.
May 22, 2014 – The UN Security Council adds Boko Haram to its sanctions list.
June 3-4, 2014 – Hundreds of people are killed in raids by Boko Haram Islamic militants in the state of Borno, with some sources putting the death toll at 400 to 500.
June 7-8, 2014 – Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap at least 20 young women over a weekend in the northeastern Nigeria village of Garkin Fulani, eight kilometers from a town where more than 200 schoolgirls were taken nearly two months earlier.
June 18-22, 2014 – Boko Haram militants hold the village of Kummabza in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, hostage for four days. They abduct more than 60 females, including children, and kill 30 men in the raid.
July 7, 2014 – Sources say at least 57 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month from the Kummabza village in northern Borno state have escaped from their captors and returned to their village. Boko Haram is still believed to be holding about 200 schoolgirls abducted April 14 from a boarding school in the town of Chibok.
July 17-20, 2014 – Boko Haram raids the Nigerian town of Damboa. By the time the raid ends, 66 residents have been killed and more than 15,000 have fled.
October 16, 2014 – The Nigerian government announces it has reached a ceasefire agreement with the Islamist terror group that includes the promised release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.
November 1, 2014 – In a video, the group’s leader denies the Nigerian government’s claim of a ceasefire.
January 3, 2015 – A multi-day raid begins, where hundreds of Boko Haram gunmen seize the town of Baga and neighboring villages in northern Nigeria, as well as a multinational military base, leaving bodies scattered everywhere and as many as 2,000 people feared dead.
January 10-11, 2015 – At least 20 are killed and 18 injured in Maiduguri after explosives strapped to a girl are detonated at a marketplace screening checkpoint. At least three are dead and 43 injured after two suicide bombs, strapped to girls, detonate in a mobile phone market in Potiskum. Boko Haram is suspected as being behind the attacks.
March 2, 2015 – Boko Haram releases a video showing the apparent beheadings of two men they suspected of being spies.
March 7, 2015 – In an audio message purportedly from Shekau, Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISIS, the Islamic militant group which controls areas of Iraq and Syria. Boko Haram is named “Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya” or “Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyyah,” which means the Islamic State of West Africa.
March 12, 2015 – In an audio message purportedly from an ISIS spokesman, the group announces that the caliphate has expanded to western Africa and that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has accepted Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance. On the same day, ISIS blows up the Iraqi army headquarters north of Ramadi, killing at least 40 Iraqi soldiers.
April 25-26, 2015 – The decomposed corpses of at least 400 men, women and children are found in shallow, mass graves and on the streets of Damasak in northeastern Nigeria. Due to a joint Nigerian-Chadian military operation, the town has recently been freed of Boko Haram, which seized the town in November.
April 28-April 30, 2015 – Nigerian troops rescue about 450 women and girls in the Sambisa Forest during a military operation centered around destroying Boko Haram camps and rescuing civilians. According to the military, none of those rescued have been identified as the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped last April.
July 1, 2015 – Boko Haram militants raid three villages in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, killing at least 145 people, according to witnesses.
September 3, 2015 – An estimated 30 people are dead and 145 injured after Boko Haram militants attack a crowded market in Kerawa, Cameroon and an infirmary near a Cameroonian military camp, according to Cameroonian military spokesman Col. Didier Badjeck.
September 23, 2015 – 241 women and children are rescued and 43 Boko Haram militants are arrested after the Nigerian military raids camps run by the terrorist group in two villages.
February 2016 – Militants from Boko Haram attack two villages in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 30 people. In another attack, two female suicide bombers kill 58 people at a Nigerian refugee camp for villagers fleeing terrorism. A suspect in the attack on the camp tells officers that she and the two suicide bombers were dispatched by Boko Haram.
April 14, 2016 – CNN posts a video of some of the teenage girls abducted from Chibok that was sent to negotiators by their captors as a “proof of life.”
May 17, 2016 – Amina Ali Nkeki, one of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram, is the first to be freed after two years in captivity. Nigeria’s army says she was rescued by army troops, but a witness tells CNN the girl wandered out of the Sambisa Forest in the northeast of the country along with her child and a man.
August 3, 2016 – ISIS publication al-Naba says that Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi is the new leader of Boko Haram. A Boko Haram insider confirms to CNN that al-Barnawi, the son of the group’s founder – who was killed by Nigerian security forces in 2009 – is in fact the new leader.
August 14, 2016 – Boko Haram releases a video of some of the girls kidnapped in April 2014 and demands the release of Boko Haram fighters in exchange for the girls.
October 13, 2016 – Boko Haram militants hand over 21 Chibok schoolgirls to authorities after a series of negotiations with the Nigerian government. It’s the first mass release of any of the more than 200 girls and women kidnapped from their school in April 2014.
November 5, 2016 – A Chibok schoolgirl carrying her 10-month-old son is found by the Nigerian army.
January 5, 2017 – The Nigerian army says another missing Chibok girl and her six-month old baby have been located during an operation to arrest suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
January 17, 2017 – Scores of people are killed when a Nigerian fighter jet mistakenly bombs a camp for the internally displaced during an operation in Rann against Boko Haram militants, according to Nigerian officials and the Red Cross. The Nigerian government provides no official death toll, but humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders says “about 90” people died.
May 6, 2017 – Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls are released after negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.