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 ...

Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Jul 21, 2014

Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Nigeria’s press is traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone — whether it’s true or not. But reporters fear a government sensitive to criticism is now cracking down, especially on coverage of the battle against Boko Haram. After 15 years of democracy, journalists ...

Taliban survivor Malala meets five girls who fled Boko Haram

Jul 14, 2014

Taliban survivor Malala meets five girls who fled Boko Haram

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, held meetings Sunday in the Nigerian capital Abuja with some parents of the over 200 girls abducted in northern Nigeria and leaders of a group campaigning for their release. She ...

Israel identifies suspects in alleged kidnapping

Jun 27, 2014

Israel identifies suspects in alleged kidnapping

Israel on Thursday identified two well-known Hamas operatives in the West Bank as the central suspects in the recent disappearance of three Israeli teenagers, in the first sign of progress in a frantic two-week search for the missing youths. Officials said the two men ...

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

The United States is financing a new 24-hour satellite TV channel in northern Nigeria meant to counter insurgencies by the militant Islamist Boko Haram and other groups in the region, The New York Times reported on Friday. A U.S. official confirmed the project was ...

Nigerian generals guilty of arming, assisting Boko Haram: report

Jun 4, 2014

Nigerian generals guilty of arming, assisting Boko Haram: report

Ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists, several Nigerian newspapers said Tuesday — though the military insisted there was no truth in the reports. They follow months of ...

Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls have been located, defense chief says

May 27, 2014

Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls have been located, defense chief says

Nigeria’s military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists, but fears that using force to try and free them could get them killed, the country’s chief of defense said Monday. Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demonstrators supporting the much-criticized military that ...