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Nigeria, Boko Haram 'agree ceasefire'

Nigeria, Boko Haram 'agree ceasefire'

Nigeria's military says it has agreed a truce with Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the schoolgirls it has abducted will be released. Nigeria's chief of defence staff, Alex Badeh, made the announcement. Boko Haram has not made a public statement. The military has struggled to defeat Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency...

Boko Haram releases 27 hostages in Cameroon

Boko Haram releases 27 hostages in Cameroon

Cameroon's president has said that 27 hostages, including 10 Chinese workers, held by suspected Boko Haram militants have been released. Also freed was the wife of Cameroon's Vice-Prime Minister Amadou Ali. President Paul Biya said that the hostages, seized in May and July close to the Nigeria border, were safe. Boko Haram is seeking to establish...

12 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny

12 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny

Twelve Nigerian soldiers have been sentenced to death for mutiny and attempted murder after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in May. The soldiers were angry after a convoy was ambushed on a road frequently targeted by Islamist Boko Haram militants. Five other soldiers were acquitted and one...

Chadian soldiers 'rescue 85 Nigerians from Boko Haram'

Chadian soldiers 'rescue 85 Nigerians from Boko Haram'

Reports are emerging of the rescue by Chadian troops of some 85 Nigerian villagers abducted earlier this week by suspected Boko Haram militants. A Nigerian security official told AFP that they had intercepted a convoy of buses transporting gunmen and the villagers in a routine security check. Neither the Nigerian or Chadian militaries have confirmed...

'Many dead' as Boko Haram attack town in Nigeria

'Many dead' as Boko Haram attack town in Nigeria

Many people are feared dead after suspected Boko Haram Islamist gunmen attacked a town in north-east Nigeria. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that half of Damboa had been burnt down, including the town's main market. At least 18 bodies so far have been recovered from the attack, which lasted for several hours. The death toll is...

Many killed as extremists attack Nigerian town

Boko Haram gunmen killed many villagers and set homes ablaze in a northeastern Nigerian town just 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the strategic center of Maiduguri before dawn Friday, according to survivors. Residents of Damboa town called The Associated Press to say they were "piling up corpses." Half the town is up in flames, say civilian defense fighters there according to Nigerian Vigilante Group spokesman Abbas Gava. Well-armed Islamic extremists attacked as residents were preparing for the 5:00am dawn prayers and the...

60 Nigerian women 'escape from Boko Haram'

60 Nigerian women 'escape from Boko Haram'

More than 60 women and girls are reported to have escaped from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, security sources say. They were among 68 abducted last month near the town of Damboa in north-eastern Borno state. Reports say the women escaped when the militants went to attack a military base near Damboa on Friday. The...

‘56 dead’ in Nigeria market blast

‘56 dead’ in Nigeria market blast

A car bomb in a marketplace in Maiduguri, the northeast Nigerian city that is the birthplace of Boko Haram extremism, killed at least 56 people on Tuesday, the leader of a civilian group that recovered the bodies said. Sadiq Abba Tijjani, leader of the Civilian Joint Task Force, told the Associated Press his group...

Nigeria 'raids Boko Haram cell'

Nigeria 'raids Boko Haram cell'

Nigeria's military says it has raided a Boko Haram intelligence unit thought to be linked to the recent abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls. The cell leader Babuji Ya'ari was arrested, a military statement said. Ya'ari had been actively involved in the seizure of the girls as well as the killing in May of a...

Gunmen torch churches, kill scores in Nigeria

Gunmen torch churches, kill scores in Nigeria

Suspected Islamic extremists sprayed gunfire at worshippers and torched four churches Sunday in a village just miles from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped, witnesses said. Scores of people have been killed and survivors are hiding in the bush around Kwada village, residents said. "They killed dozens of people and burned houses...

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