Jul 23, 2014

Parents of abducted girls, escapees meet Nigerian president

President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors. Jonathan assured them of his determination that those still in captivity “are brought out alive,” ...

Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Jul 21, 2014

Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Nigeria’s press is traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone — whether it’s true or not. But reporters fear a government sensitive to criticism is now cracking down, especially on coverage of the battle against Boko Haram. After 15 years of democracy, journalists ...

Boko Haram-style attacks puncture peace in south Nigeria

Jul 14, 2014

Boko Haram-style attacks puncture peace in south Nigeria

As long as violence perpetrated by Islamist militants was more or less contained in Nigeria’s remote northeast, the attitude of many citizens and expatriates in the prosperous south was a shrug of the shoulders. But growing evidence that Boko Haram, or other violent groups ...

Taliban survivor Malala meets five girls who fled Boko Haram

Jul 14, 2014

Taliban survivor Malala meets five girls who fled Boko Haram

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, held meetings Sunday in the Nigerian capital Abuja with some parents of the over 200 girls abducted in northern Nigeria and leaders of a group campaigning for their release. She ...

Boko Haram chief claims Lagos, Abuja attacks in new video

Jul 13, 2014

Boko Haram chief claims Lagos, Abuja attacks in new video

The head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital Abuja and an attack hours later in Lagos which the authorities tried to cover up, in a video obtained by reporters on Sunday. In the 16-minute video, ...

Jun 28, 2014

Nigeria warned malls about attacks

Nigeria’s intelligence agency said it has been warning shopping complexes in Abuja for two weeks that Islamic extremists might attack them in the capital, where a blast at a mall killed 22 people last week. The increased security may have prevented even more carnage, ...

Jun 22, 2014

At least 10 dead in Boko Haram raids in Nigeria

At least 10 people were killed Saturday in raids by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on two villages near the town of Chibok where Islamists abducted more than 200 girls in April, residents and local leaders said. Military fighter jets dropped bombs on the insurgents, ...

Jun 18, 2014

Blast hits fans at World Cup screening in northern Nigeria

An explosion ripped through a football viewing center in Damaturu, northern Nigeria on Tuesday, police and residents said, as fans gathered to watch the World Cup. The blast at the Crossfire venue, in the Nayi-Nawa area of the state capital Yobe, happened shortly after ...

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

The United States is financing a new 24-hour satellite TV channel in northern Nigeria meant to counter insurgencies by the militant Islamist Boko Haram and other groups in the region, The New York Times reported on Friday. A U.S. official confirmed the project was ...

Nigerian generals guilty of arming, assisting Boko Haram: report

Jun 4, 2014

Nigerian generals guilty of arming, assisting Boko Haram: report

Ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists, several Nigerian newspapers said Tuesday — though the military insisted there was no truth in the reports. They follow months of ...