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Gunmen Attack Police Station; Airstrikes Launched Against Militants
By Harold Hutchison

Islamist gunmen attacked a bank and a police station in the northwestern part of Nigeria. The attacks occurred across the country from the strongholds of Boko Haram, in the northeastern part of the country.

The Nigerian government launches air strikes against Boko Haram’s camps, killing a number of insurgents. According to a report by VOA News, a number of other camps have been taken over. Boko Haram had also carried out a number of attacks, including one that killed 50 people in Bama.

Major attacks blamed on Boko Haram
(from VOANews.com)

2009
July - Attacks prompt government crackdown in Bauchi and Maiduguri; 800 people killed

2010
December - Bombings in central Nigeria and church attacks in the northeast kill 86

2011
June - Attack on a bar in Maiduguri kills 25
August - Suicide bomber kills 23 at U.N. building in Abuja
November - Bombings in Damaturu and Potiskum kill 65
December - Christmas Day bombings across Nigeria kill 39

2012
January -- Gun and bomb attacks in Kano up to 200
February - Maiduguri market attack kills 30
June - Suicide car bombings at three churches kill 21
July - Attacks in Plateau state kill dozens, including two politicians at a funeral for the victims

2013
February - French family kidnapped in Cameroon, held hostage for two months
April - Fighting with troops in Baga kills up to 200; residents say troops set deadly fires
May - Attacks in Bama kill more than 50