This image taken from video posted by Boko Haramsympathizers shows the leader of the radical Islamist sect Imam Abubakar Shekau made available Wednesday Jan. 10, 2012. The video of Imam Abubakar Shekau cements his leadership in the sect known as Boko Haram. Analysts and diplomats say the sect has fractured over time, with a splinter group responsible for the majority of the assassinations and bombings carried out in its name.
Boko Haram emir Abubakar Shekau makes his first major video appearance in a new video address entitled, "A Message to President Goodluck Jonathan", in this still image taken from video recorded in an unknown location, received by Reuters January 11, 2012. President Jonathan now has two major security problems - opposition to the fuel price rise and growing sectarian strife started by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
People watch as smoke rises from the police headquarters after it was hit by a blast in Nigeria's northern city of Kano January 20, 2012. At least six people were killed in a string of bomb blasts on Friday in Nigeria's second city Kano and the authorities imposed a curfew across the city, which has been plagued by an insurgency led by the Islamist sectBoko Haram. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the apparently coordinated attacks.
Smoke rises from the police headquarters as people run for safety in Nigeria's northern city of KanoJanuary 20, 2012. At least six people were killed in a string of bomb blasts on Friday in Nigeria's second city Kano and the authorities imposed a curfew across the city, which has been plagued by an insurgency led by the Islamist sect Boko Haram. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the apparently coordinated attacks.
Bodies of people alleged to have been killed in a Friday attack on a town hall meeting of the Christian Igbo ethnic group lie on the floor in a hospital morgue in Mubi, in the Adamawa state of northern Nigeria, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. The town hall attack, which left at least 20 dead, is one of a string of deadly attacks claimed by radical Muslim sect Boko Haram, which has promised to kill Christians living in Nigeria's largely Muslim north. At least 44 people have been killed in the last few days alone.
Victims lie on the ground after a bomb attack in Abujain this December 25, 2011 still image taken from video. Islamist militant group Boko Haram said it planted bombs that exploded on Christmas Day at churches in Nigeria, one of which killed at least 27 people on the outskirts of the capital.
A security barrier marks the scene of a car bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church (background) at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria's capital Abuja, December 25, 2011. Islamist militant group Boko Haram said it planted bombs that exploded on Christmas Day at churches in Nigeria, one of which killed at least 27 people on the outskirts of the capital.
Kabiru Sokoto, a suspect in a Christmas Day bomb attack at a church near Nigeria's capital on December 25, is seen in this undated handout photograph. Nigeria's police are offering a 50 million naira ($309,600) reward for information leading to the recapture of the main suspect in the attack, who escaped within 24 hours of his arrest this week. Police arrested Sokoto on January 17 and while they were taking him from police headquarters to search his house outside Abuja, their vehicle came under fire.