As world watches Paris, Nigeria's killings go unnoticed

Jan 14, 2015

As world watches Paris, Nigeria's killings go unnoticed

Nigeria’s president was among leaders who condemned last week’s attack by Islamic extremists on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, yet his response to the slaughter of civilians by militants in his own country has been muted. Some commentators criticized President Goodluck Jonathan’s reticence ...

Paris gunman, 'underwear bomber' allegedly roomed together in Yemen

Jan 13, 2015

Paris gunman, 'underwear bomber' allegedly roomed together in Yemen

One of the men behind last week’s deadly rampage in Paris claimed to have lived with the Nigerian behind the failed al-Qaida “underwear bomb” plot five years ago, a Yemeni reporter who met the Paris attacker said Monday. Journalist and researcher Mohammed al-Kibsi said ...

Jan 13, 2015

Nigerians describe Boko Haram killings

Survivors of an assault by Islamic militants that killed a large number of civilians in Nigeria have described days of relentless violence in which, one witness said, some people were slaughtered “like insects.” The accounts were given by residents who fled the carnage in ...

Nations face threat from Boko Haram

Jan 13, 2015

Nations face threat from Boko Haram

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, which has proclaimed a “caliphate” in the areas under its control in the northeast of the country, is now threatening neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The insurgency has left more than 13,000 dead and 1.5 million displaced since ...

Jan 12, 2015

Young girls strapped with bombs wreak havoc on Nigeria

Two suspected child suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, witnesses said, killing three people in the second apparent attack in two days using young girls strapped with explosives. The blasts struck around midafternoon at an open market ...

Jan 11, 2015

Child suicide bomber kills at least 16 in Nigeria

A bomb strapped to a girl around 10 years old exploded in a busy market in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 20, security sources said. “The explosive devices were wrapped around her body, ...

Jan 9, 2015

Boko Haram kills dozens in fresh raids in Nigerian town

Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people and burned down homes in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga in the past two days, in a second killing spree since seizing control there at the weekend, witnesses said on Thursday. Two locals said the ...

Boko Haram hits Northeast Nigeria town for second time in week

Jan 9, 2015

Boko Haram hits Northeast Nigeria town for second time in week

Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram attacked the northeastern town of Baga for the second time in a week, leaving bodies littering the streets, an official said. Unconfirmed estimates by victims’ relatives put the death toll from violence in and around Baga on Thursday ...

Jan 8, 2015

Shell, villagers agree to $83.5 million for huge oil spilll

Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community £55 million (about $83.5 million) for the worst oil spill in Nigeria, an unprecedented settlement that experts say could open a floodgate of litigation there and abroad. Wednesday’s agreement ends a three-year legal ...

Jan 5, 2015

Boko Haram said to have seized military base in fresh Nigeria raids

Suspected Boko Haram militants have seized a military base in northeastern Nigeria in a series of blistering raids near Lake Chad, sending soldiers and civilians fleeing, witnesses said on Sunday. Local residents reported that the gunmen killed several people, burnt hundreds of homes and ...