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Nigerian president rules out prisoner swap for missing girls

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday ruled out the release of Boko Haram fighters in exchange for the freedom of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants a month ago. Britain’s Africa minister Mark Simmonds, who is in Nigeria for talks about the international rescue mission, told reporters that…

U.S. flying ‘manned missions’ to find 200 abducted Nigerian girls

The United States said it is flying "manned" missions over Nigeria in search of over 200 abducted schoolgirls, after the Lagos government dismissed a prisoner-swap offer from the Boko Haram kidnappers. "We have shared commercial satellite imagery with……

Allen West: Kidnapped Nigerian girls are a ‘fishy’ Obama plot to distract from Benghazi

Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a Fox News contributor, suggested this week that focus on nearly 300 kidnapped girls in Nigeria was a “fishy” plot to take attention away from President Barack Obama’s “scandals,” including the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. In a Monday column on his website, West opined that…

Boko Haram releases new video claiming to show missing Nigerian schoolgirls

Boko Haram released a new video on Monday claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls and alleging the teenagers had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, speaks on the video obtained by AFP for 17 minutes before…

Boko Haram’s five-year battle to impose caliphate kills thousands

Nigerians have suffered more than a year of attacks on western-style schools but the international community is only just waking up to it The gunmen stormed in just as dawn broke over the school in a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria. There were around two dozen of them, and, survivors…

Amnesty: Nigerian government knew Boko Haram planned to abduct girls but did nothing

The relief organization Amnesty International charged Friday that the Nigerian government knew in advance of Boko Haram’s plan to raid a secondary school and kidnap hundreds of girls, but did nothing. A press release from Amnesty said, “Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance warnings about Boko Haram’s armed…

U.S. team arrives in Nigeria to help with hostage search

US experts have arrived in Nigeria to help rescue more than 200 schoolgirls being held hostage by Boko Haram Islamists, an embassy spokeswoman told AFP on Friday. “They are here…the team is on the ground,” Rhonda Ferguson-Augustus said, without specifying the precise make-up of the group. US officials have previously…

World powers join search for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

World powers, including the United States and China, have joined in the search for the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists who have also killed hundreds in the country’s northeast this week. Amid global outrage over the kidnapping of the teenagers, the United States and France are…

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…

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