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Clash Kills Top Boko Haram Commander

Weapons and ammunition seized from suspected members of Islamist rebel force Boko Haram are displayed during a military patrol in Hausari village, near Maiduguri, Nigeria, June 5, 2013.
Weapons and ammunition seized from suspected members of Islamist rebel force Boko Haram are displayed during a military patrol in Hausari village, near Maiduguri, Nigeria, June 5, 2013.
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Major attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram
 
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 kill 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
  • July - Gunmen kill 30 at a school in Yobe
  • August - Gunmen kill 44 at a mosque outside Maiduguri
  • September - Gunmen kill 40 students a dorm in Yobe
  • October - Attack Yobe state capital Damaturu, clash with military in Borno state
Nigeria's military says soldiers have killed a top commander in Boko Haram, an Islamist group linked to scores of bombings and attacks since 2009.

Military officials say commander Momodu Bama died in a gunbattle earlier this month in the country's northern region.

There has been no confirmation of the commander's death from the militant group.

On Monday, a new video emerged by Boko Haram's self-declared leader, Abubaker Shekau.   

He claimed responsibility for several recent attacks and urged Nigerians to abandon the country's constitution and accept Islamic law.

The group has been fighting to impose a strict form of Sharia on the country's Muslim-majority north.

Boko Haram has been blamed for thousands of deaths since it launched an uprising against the government in 2009.

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