Sunday's attacks in Maiduguri followed more than a month without violence in the area, and came the day after the release of a recording alleged to be of Boko Haram's leader.
Officials trumpeted the arrest of 14 Boko Haram suspects across the country over the last two months, just as the insurgency killed 56 people in a village in Borno State.
The attack on Maiduguri, the capital of the Nigeria’s restive Borno state, came just one day after the country’s new president vowed to take on the militant group.
A human rights researcher told VICE News that they're uncertain of the legal basis that the new offensive is operating under.
The production marks a change for the terror group, which had earlier distributed less sophisticated videos that typically showed rambling speeches from the group's leader, Abubakr Shekau.
Amid intensifying attacks from the Islamist terrorist insurgency, Niger’s parliament voted to approve the deployment of troops to combat Boko Haram in Nigeria.
The controversial 90-year-old president of Zimbabwe was appointed the African Union's next chairman at an annual summit where leaders also pledged to send more troops to battle Boko Haram.
Militants attacked the largest city in northeast Nigeria, putting hundreds of thousands of civilians "at grave risk" just as the US secretary of state landed in the country.
An operation led by Cameroonian armed forces won Nitsch Eberhard Robert's release while a purported Boko Haram video answered for an attack in Borno State that killed anywhere between 150 to 2,000 people.
The massacre at Baga was only the latest in a long line of Boko Haram atrocities, and the situation for the displaced survivors is getting worse.
A series of suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria involving young girls has led to speculation that the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram last year might be involved.
The estimated number of casualties in the town of Baga vary wildly, but one local official claimed 2,000 people had been killed in the Boko Haram attack.