Feb 16, 2015

Female suicide bomber kills 16 in northeast Nigeria

A teenage female suicide bomber blew herself up at crowded bus station in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 16 and wounding 30 others. Most of the victims were children who had either been selling peanuts or begging for money at the time ...

Feb 15, 2015

Nigerian military repels Boko Haram attack on northeast town

Nigeria’s military Saturday repelled an attack on a northeastern town by Boko Haram Islamic extremists. Two air force jets joined soldiers in attacking the rebels after they assaulted Gombe in the morning. The Boko Haram fighters left in a convoy of vehicles carrying dozens ...

Boko Haram kidnaps hundreds, tells stories of Chibok girls

Feb 12, 2015

Boko Haram kidnaps hundreds, tells stories of Chibok girls

When Islamic extremists snatched more than 270 girls from the Chibok boarding school in Nigeria in the dead of night, protests broke out worldwide. The U.S. pledged to help find them, and the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag was born. Some 10 months later, most are still ...

Feb 10, 2015

Missing U.S. pilot, plane frustrate searchers in Africa

Last year, an American disappeared while traveling alone in a small plane in West Africa, heading to a new job as an anti-poaching pilot in a national park. Investigators think he hit a mountain but the location of his Cessna 172 remains a mystery ...

Suicide bomb hits Niger border town after Boko Haram attack

Feb 9, 2015

Suicide bomb hits Niger border town after Boko Haram attack

Boko Haram staged an overnight assault on a border town in Niger and a suicide bomber detonated explosives near a market in the same town a few hours later, witnesses said Sunday, in a sign the extremists’ offensive against the West African nation was ...

Nigeria, neighbors to send 8,750 troops to fight Boko Haram

Feb 8, 2015

Nigeria, neighbors to send 8,750 troops to fight Boko Haram

Nigeria and its four bordering countries announced plans Saturday to deploy an 8,750-strong force by next month to combat the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram. Details of the proposed deployment were revealed at the end of a three-day meeting in Cameroon in ...

Feb 7, 2015

Nigeria's Boko Haram has 'up to 6,000 hardcore' fighters

The Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, which is fighting a violent insurgency in northeast Nigeria, has about 4,000-6,000 “hardcore” fighters, U.S. intelligence officials said Friday. In an assessment of the group, whose five-year uprising has included massacres and kidnappings and spread from Nigeria into ...

Feb 6, 2015

Boko Haram, hit by 3-nation offensive, rampage in Cameroon

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters took revenge Thursday on villagers in Cameroon, shooting and burning scores to death and razing mosques and churches after warning Nigeria’s neighbors not to join the battle against the Islamic insurgent group. France’s president warned that the world was ...

Nigeria: an election under fire

Feb 6, 2015

Nigeria: an election under fire

by Gwynne Dyer

Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, and his rival, Muhammadu Buhari, in the Feb. 14 presidential election have had good luck in cheating death in assassination attempts. But the combined effects of the presidencies of both over the past three decades have not been so lucky ...