Nov 20, 2014

Troops, vigilantes reclaim Nigerian towns seized by Boko Haram

Nigerian troops, backed by civilian vigilantes and local hunters, have reclaimed two towns seized by Boko Haram Islamists last week, residents and a local fighter said Wednesday. The recapture of the towns of Gombi and Hong on Tuesday was the latest success the military ...

Militants seize hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls

Nov 15, 2014

Militants seize hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls

Islamic extremists in Nigeria have seized Chibok, the town where insurgents kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April, forcing thousands of people to flee, a local official said Friday. The Boko Haram insurgents entered the town Thursday, shooting from pickup trucks and motorcycles, said Bana ...

47 boys in Nigeria killed by suicide bombing

Nov 10, 2014

47 boys in Nigeria killed by suicide bombing

Boko Haram were suspected of killing nearly 50 pupils Monday in a suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria, in one of the worst attacks against schools teaching a so-called Western curriculum. The explosion at the all-boys school in Potiskum is the latest in a series ...

Nov 7, 2014

Boko Haram changes names of captured Nigeria towns: witnesses

Boko Haram has renamed two towns it captured in northeast Nigeria as part of campaign to establish a caliphate in the region, residents who have fled in recent days told AFP on Thursday. The Islamists seized the town of Mubi in Adamawa state last ...

Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'

Nov 1, 2014

Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'

Boko Haram has claimed the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year have converted to Islam and been married off, according to a new video obtained by AFP on Friday. The Islamist group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, also denied claims by Nigeria’s government ...

Oct 29, 2014

Nigeria: German killed, another abducted; pirates hijack gunboat

Gunmen killed a German man and kidnapped a second in southwest Nigeria, police said Tuesday as the military reported that pirates in the oil-rich south hijacked a police gunboat and killed three officers. Armed men attacked a group of workers for Julius Berger Nigeria ...

Nigerians hopeful truce will lead to release of missing girls

Oct 21, 2014

Nigerians hopeful truce will lead to release of missing girls

There was cautious optimism in Nigeria Monday over local reports that the more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls may soon be released soon as part of a cease-fire agreement with the country’s Islamic rebels, Boko Haram. However, Nigeria’s federal government has not yet provided ...

Oct 20, 2014

Nigeria declared Ebola-free after containing virus

The World Health Organization declared Nigeria to be free of Ebola on Monday after a 42-day period with no new cases, in a success story with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus. “Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” WHO representative ...

Boko Haram and Nigeria claim truce

Oct 18, 2014

Boko Haram and Nigeria claim truce

Nigeria’s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, but many people expressed doubts Friday about a development that could end an insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Africa’s most populous nation. The ...