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Nigerian man accused of killing Muslim cleric and Christian pastor

Nigeria’s Boko Haram was suspected Sunday of killing a Muslim cleric who had criticised the Islamic extremist group, and of shooting dead a Christian preacher, in the latest violence to hit northern Nigeria. The deaths came after seven people were killed by a roadside bomb in a border area of…

‘At least 28 dead’ in Nigeria college shooting

An attack Sunday by Boko Haram Islamists who opened fire on students while they were sleeping in a college dormitory has killed at least 28 people, a hospital source told AFP. “We have so far received 28 bodies. We have been asked to expect more,” said the official at the…

Boko Haram terrorists gun down at least 142 in newest Nigeria attacks

An attack this week in northeastern Nigeria has left at least 142 people dead, an official in Borno state said Sunday. Suspected Boko Haram insurgents dressed as soldiers set up checkpoints along a highway and gunned down travellers. The death toll from an attack in northeastern Nigeria that saw insurgents…

British, Italian hostages killed amid Nigerian rescue bid

A British and an Italian hostage kidnapped in Nigeria nearly a year ago were killed on Thursday as a rescue operation sought to save them, and Nigeria said their Islamist extremist murderers were arrested. The killing of the two men kidnapped in May 2011 brought a shocking end to their…

Nigerian Islamists threaten attack on telecom firms

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — A purported spokesman for Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists late Monday threatened the group would soon launch attacks on mobile telephone firms for their alleged complicity with security agents. In a phone conference with reporters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, a man who claimed to be Boko…

Nigeria unrest ‘worse than 1960s civil war’: president

ABUJA — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Sunday violence blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram was worse than the country’s 1960s civil war, with sympathisers of the sect in government and security agencies. “The situation we have in our hands is even worse than the civil war that we…

Nigeria killings called ‘ethnic, religious cleansing’

The head of Nigeria’s Christians said Saturday the killing of dozens of faithful in attacks blamed on Islamists suggested “ethnic andreligious cleansing” reminiscent of the start of the 1960s civil war. Christians would “do whatever it takes” to defend themselves, Ayo Oritsejafor, head of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said after a meeting…

Christian Nigerians scared after attacks kill 40, destroy churches and shops

Fear gripped Nigeria on Monday after a wave of Christmas bombings blamed on Islamists killed at least 40, including worshippers who were left begging for mercy as they exited a church. Hundreds of residents sought to flee the violence-torn city of Damaturu on Monday fearing further attacks and clashes between…

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