Nigerian army says in Twitter posts and text messages sent to journalists that it has retaken the town of Chibok from Boko Haram militants; group had seized the town, where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in April, on Thursday - @Reuters, @AFP
Local government chairman Bana Lawan confirms other witness reports that Boko Haram fighters took Chibok on Thursday afternoon, says thousands of residents are 'just trying to escape with their lives' - @AP
Editor's note: Citing a local pastor and a politician, @AFP is reporting that Boko Haram has seized control of the Chibok, which is the hometown of the 219 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped more than 6 months ago. We are looking for more confirmation from officials on this potential development. - Tricia
Update: Suicide bomber dressed as a student killed at least 48, most of them students, and injured 79 others at a school assembly in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum, hospital official says - @Reuters
Boko Haram (Western education is forbidden), Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'Awati Wal-Jihad, is a militant Islamist movement based in northeast Nigeria. The group has received training and funds from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and was designated by the US as a terrorist organisation in November 2013. Membership has been estimated to number between a few hundred and a few thousand.
Boko Haram killed more than 5,000 civilians between July 2009 and June 2014, including at least 2,000 in the first half of 2014, in attacks occuring mainly in northeast, north-central and central states. Corruption in the security services and human rights abuses committed by them have hampered efforts to counter the unrest. 650,000 people fled the conflict zone by August 2014, an increase of 200,000 since May.
"Since Boko Haram’s resurgence in 2010, the Nigerian government has struggled to respond to the growing threat posed by the group." (US CRS, 2014)