Twin suicide blasts kill 26 in northern Nigeria

Feb 25, 2015

Twin suicide blasts kill 26 in northern Nigeria

Suicide bombers struck two bus stations in different parts of northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people in attacks President Goodluck Jonathan blamed on Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group he said would soon be defeated. In the first, a suicide bomber ...

Nigerian military announces recapture of Baga from Boko Haram militants

Feb 22, 2015

Nigerian military announces recapture of Baga from Boko Haram militants

Nigerian forces backed by airstrikes seized the northeastern border town of Baga from Islamist group Boko Haram on Saturday, the military said, a significant victory in an offensive against an insurgency affecting four African states. Retaking the town, at Nigeria’s border with Chad, Niger ...

Feb 5, 2015

Boko Haram kills dozens in rampage after Chad offensive

Nigerian Boko Haram fighters went on the rampage in the Cameroonian border town of Fotokol Wednesday, massacring dozens of civilians and torching a mosque before being repelled by regional forces. The onslaught came a day after Chad sent troops across the border to flush ...

Chad forces bomb Boko Haram positions in Nigerian town

Feb 2, 2015

Chad forces bomb Boko Haram positions in Nigerian town

Chadian aircraft struck Boko Haram positions in the Nigerian border town of Gamboru for a second straight day on Sunday, an AFP journalist in a neighboring town said. Two military choppers pounded targets in Gamboru for about two hours, setting off loud explosions and ...

10,000 Cameroonians flee inland after Boko Haram attacks

Jan 21, 2015

10,000 Cameroonians flee inland after Boko Haram attacks

More than 10,000 panic-stricken Cameroonians are fleeing border regions with Nigeria’s Borno state for safer locations following attacks by Nigeria’s Islamic militant group Boko Haram, government officials said Tuesday. Boko Haram has, in the past month, raided at least two dozen villages and towns ...

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap around 80 in Cameroon

Jan 19, 2015

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap around 80 in Cameroon

Suspected Boko Haram Islamist fighters from Nigeria kidnapped around 80 people, many of them children, and killed three others on Sunday in a cross-border attack on villages in northern Cameroon, army and government officials said. The group, which has killed thousands and kidnapped hundreds ...

Dec 8, 2014

Russians, French held in Nigeria over military-related air cargo

Nigerian authorities on Sunday said they had detained a Russian cargo plane carrying military equipment in the north Nigerian city of Kano. The country’s defense chiefs announced on Twitter that the Antonov aircraft was held pending an investigation into its provenance and what it ...

Boko Haram waging total war on Nigeria, senate president says

Sep 17, 2014

Boko Haram waging total war on Nigeria, senate president says

Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram has declared “total war” on the West African country and the situation “must be handled with all the seriousness it deserves,” Senate President David Mark said. “The escalation of violence and the heinous crimes daily perpetrated by insurgents ...