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 ...

Nigerian preacher suggests sabotage over deadly building collapse

Sep 15, 2014

Nigerian preacher suggests sabotage over deadly building collapse

Nigerian preacher and televangelist TB Joshua on Sunday linked a deadly building collapse at his Lagos megachurch to a suspicious aircraft but rescue workers ruled out the theory of foul play. Joshua, dubbed “The Prophet” by fanatical followers because of his purported predictions and ...

Sep 14, 2014

Rescue body says death toll stands at 40 in Nigerian building collapse

Forty people have now died as the result of a building collapse at the mega-church of one of Nigeria’s most famous preachers and televangelists, the country’s main rescue body said Sunday. “It’s now 40 dead,” Ibrahim Farinloye, southwest coordinator of the National Emergency Management ...

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 ...

On Ebola ward, Liberian nurses must improvise gear

Sep 5, 2014

On Ebola ward, Liberian nurses must improvise gear

Nurses on an Ebola ward in Liberia must cut up old overalls to serve as makeshift head-coverings to protect themselves from infection, despite international promises of more equipment, a health worker said Thursday. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 1,900 people, and ...

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, ...