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More than 60 women and girls abducted in Nigeria by Boko Haram militants

Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted more than 60 women and young girls in restive northeast Nigeria, a local official and a vigilante leader said on Tuesday. The group was kidnapped in the last week during a Boko Haram attack on Kummabza village in the Damboa district of Borno state,…

Fears and mistrust mount in Nigeria two months after Boko Haram’s mass kidnapping

Nigeria kidnap crisis: mounting fears and mistrust (via AFP) Two months since the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, the teenagers appear no nearer being found and freed, despite international support and media attention. As interest in the girls’ plight tails off after a viral social media campaign…  …

U.S.-backed TV channel seeks to counter extremism in Nigeria

A new TV channel soon to launch with US financial backing in northern Nigeria aims to counter the growing influence of radical Islamist groups like Boko Haram, the US State Department said Saturday. The project started last year and is set to begin……

‘Hundreds dead’ in Boko Haram village rampage

Hundreds of people are feared dead in a suspected Boko Haram attack on four villages in northeast Nigeria, in the latest upsurge in violence claiming increasing numbers of civilian lives. Some community leaders put the death toll from the Tuesday attacks……

Boko Haram attacks four villages near Nigeria-Cameroon border

A series of suspected Boko Haram attacks in four villages in Nigeria?s restive northeast killed several people, residents said Sunday, in the latest violence blamed on the Islamist insurgents. The military was not immediately available to comment on the raids in Borno state, the hardest hit area during Boko Haram?s…

Top Nigerian Islamic cleric calls for unity against Boko Haram

The leader of Nigeria's Muslims on Sunday called for followers of the faith to unite against Boko Haram extremists, pledging the government full support to ensure their defeat. But the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, also said the government……

‘Declaration of war’ on Boko Haram a game changer, say analysts

The declaration of 'war' on Boko Haram extremists by African leaders at a security summit in Paris is a major step to tackle the regional threat posed by the group as well as help end the insurgency if properly implemented, analysts say. "It's a good……

Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria ‘declare war’ on Boko Haram over girls

Nigeria and its neighbours vowed Saturday to join forces against Boko Haram under an accord described as a declaration of war on the Islamic militants holding more than 200 schoolgirls. Meeting in Paris, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his……

Boko Haram kill one Chinese national, 10 missing in Cameroon

A Chinese national was killed and 10 others were feared kidnapped after an overnight attack in northern Cameroon believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram militants from Nigeria, a police said on Saturday. "Boko Haram Islamists attacked a camp……

Nigerian president criticized for cancelling visit to kidnapped girls’ town at the last minute

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday cancelled a visit to the hometown of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants, provoking fresh criticism of his handling of the crisis. A senior government official told AFP that Jonathan’s trip to remote Chibok in Borno state “was on (the president’s) schedule…

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