'Huge' effort needed to fight Boko Haram: U.S. commander

Jan 28, 2015

'Huge' effort needed to fight Boko Haram: U.S. commander

Turning the tide against Boko Haram will require a “huge” international effort, a top U.S. military commander warned on Tuesday, taking a swipe at Nigeria’s response to the emboldened extremists. Relations between the Nigerian and U.S. militaries have been strained with Nigeria canceling training ...

Jan 28, 2015

Africans may mandate regional force against Boko Haram this week

The African Union might grant a mandate as early as this week for a regional military force to combat Islamist Boko Haram militants, a vital step toward securing U.N. Security Council backing, a diplomat said on Tuesday. Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin agreed ...

African states to seek U.N. mandate to fight Boko Haram

Jan 22, 2015

African states to seek U.N. mandate to fight Boko Haram

African nations threatened by Nigeria’s Boko Haram will seek U.N. Security Council authorization for a multinational force to take on the Islamist militants, Niger’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. Mohamed Bazoum said the countries of the Lake Chad region had agreed during a meeting ...

10,000 Cameroonians flee inland after Boko Haram attacks

Jan 21, 2015

10,000 Cameroonians flee inland after Boko Haram attacks

More than 10,000 panic-stricken Cameroonians are fleeing border regions with Nigeria’s Borno state for safer locations following attacks by Nigeria’s Islamic militant group Boko Haram, government officials said Tuesday. Boko Haram has, in the past month, raided at least two dozen villages and towns ...

Jan 19, 2015

Suicide car bombing at Nigeria bus station kills four, wounds 35

A suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into a busy bus station in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 35, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which bore the ...

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap around 80 in Cameroon

Jan 19, 2015

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap around 80 in Cameroon

Suspected Boko Haram Islamist fighters from Nigeria kidnapped around 80 people, many of them children, and killed three others on Sunday in a cross-border attack on villages in northern Cameroon, army and government officials said. The group, which has killed thousands and kidnapped hundreds ...