Sep 18, 2014

Boko Haram blamed as 13 die in Nigeria college shooting, blast

At least 13 people were killed and 34 injured on Wednesday as a gunbattle broke out between police and suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers in Nigeria’s second city of Kano, police said. Kano State police commissioner Adelere Shinaba said the gunmen, whom he described ...

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 ...

Ex-president's son wounded as Nigeria battles Boko Haram militants

Sep 10, 2014

Ex-president's son wounded as Nigeria battles Boko Haram militants

Nigerian ground forces backed by warplanes on Tuesday battled Islamist Boko Haram militants in a second day of heavy fighting around a northeast town, in which the officer son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo was wounded, a senior official said. Since the weekend, the ...

Nigeria's Christians fear persecution from Boko Haram rampage

Sep 9, 2014

Nigeria's Christians fear persecution from Boko Haram rampage

Christians in northeast Nigeria are paying a heavy price at the hands of Boko Haram, even if they are not being targeted specifically by the militants in their bloody quest for an Islamic state. Several towns in the northeastern states of Yobe, Borno and ...

U.S. plans major border security program in Nigeria

Sep 5, 2014

U.S. plans major border security program in Nigeria

The United States is preparing to launch a “major” border security program to help Nigeria and its neighbors combat the increasing number and scope of attacks by Islamic extremists, a senior U.S. official for Africa said Thursday. Nigerian insurgents have begun attacking villages in ...

Sep 4, 2014

Boko Haram battles for land in northeast Nigeria, 26,000 displaced

Boko Haram militants have driven more than 26,000 people from the northeastern town of Bama amid fierce fighting, witnesses and security sources said on Wednesday, as the Islamists focus more on taking and holding territory. The government of Borno state, where Bama is located, ...

Thousands flee north Nigeria as attackers pursue 'Islamic caliphate'

Sep 4, 2014

Thousands flee north Nigeria as attackers pursue 'Islamic caliphate'

Thousands of refugees are fleeing northeast Nigeria into Cameroon, the U.N. refugee agency reported Wednesday, as extremists pursue a new strategy to hold land they are calling an “Islamic caliphate.” Hundreds of Cameroonians also are abandoning their homes since Nigerian Islamic extremists last week ...

Aug 29, 2014

Africa's militants may be inspired by Islamic State gains, officials told

African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State’s gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent’s militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria’s Boko Haram have not made as dramatic ...

Leader says Boko Haram is ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law

Aug 26, 2014

Leader says Boko Haram is ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law

The leader of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram said his fighters were now ruling the captured northeastern town of Gwoza “by Islamic law” in the first video to state a territorial claim in more than five years of violent insurrection. The Nigerian military denied ...

Aug 16, 2014

Boko Haram kidnaps 100, Chad frees most captives

Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group kidnapped 100 people earlier this month but most were freed by security forces from neighboring Chad, a Nigerian security official and a local self-defense member said Friday. The abductions took place last Sunday in Doron Baga in the Kukawa ...

Aug 8, 2014

Boko Haram takes Nigeria town, resident says

Fighters from Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group seized the northeastern town of Gwoza, overwhelming soldiers based in the area before attacking civilians, security officials and a witness said Thursday. The whereabouts of the new Emir of Gwoza, Muhammed Idrissa Timta, was unknown after attackers ...