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Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers

Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers

A Nigerian court martial has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants. The soldiers, who were found guilty of mutiny, were accused of refusing to help recapture three towns that had been seized by Boko Haram in August. A lawyer for the soldiers said the 54 would face a...

Boko Haram unrest: Nigerian militants 'kidnap 100 villagers'

Boko Haram unrest: Nigerian militants 'kidnap 100 villagers'

Militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping at least 100, a survivor has told the BBC. He said that suspected Boko Haram militants had seized young men, women and children from Gumsuri village. The attack happened on Sunday but news has only just emerged, after survivors...

Blasts kill 40 in Nigerian city of Jos

Blasts kill 40 in Nigerian city of Jos

Two bombs exploded near a bus station in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Thursday evening, witnesses said, the second one killing at least 40 people. Casualties from the first blast could not immediately be ascertained and Nigerian security sources could not immediately be reached for comment. Bomb blasts that bore the hallmarks of...

Blasts hit Nigeria mosque during prayers; 64 killed

At least 64 people were killed and 126 injured when two bombs exploded during prayers at a mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders yesterday, a week after he issued a call to arms against Boko Haram. The blasts happened at the Grand Mosque in Kano, the biggest city in the Muslim north of the country, just as Friday prayers had got under way at about 2:00 pm. The mosque is attached to the palace of the Emir of Kano...

Nigeria bomb blast: Death toll rises to 81

Nigeria bomb blast: Death toll rises to 81

The death toll from the blasts at a mosque in Nigeria rose to 81. Gunmen set off three bombs and opened fire on worshippers at the main mosque in north Nigeria's biggest city Kano on Friday, witnesses and officials said, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist Boko Haram militants. Blasts from the...

40 killed in Nigeria bus station blast

40 killed in Nigeria bus station blast

A roadside bomb tore through a bus station near a busy junction in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, killing 40 people including five soldiers, witnesses and a security source on the scene said. The security source and witness Abubakar Adamu, a mechanic who narrowly avoided being blown up himself, said the blast set several buses...

Nigeria's Maiduguri city hit by 'deadly blasts'

Nigeria's Maiduguri city hit by 'deadly blasts'

Two female suicide bombers have blown themselves up at a crowded market in northern Nigeria's Maiduguri city, killing at least 30 people, witnesses say. One teenage girl blew herself up first and as people gathered to help victims, the second girl detonated herself, the witnesses added. One man told the BBC he heard loud sounds...

Over 25 killed in attack on Nigerian fishing community

Over 25 killed in attack on Nigerian fishing community

More than 25 people, mostly fishermen, have been shot dead in a remote community in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, the heartland of Islamist group Boko Haram, police and witnesses said on Sunday. On Saturday suspected Boko Haram insurgents entered Doron Baga, north of Maiduguri, the Borno capital, and fired from motorcycles. A police source...

Global terror attack deaths rose sharply in 2013: Report

Global terror attack deaths rose sharply in 2013: Report

The number of deaths from terrorism increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013, a study into international terrorism says. There were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% increase from the previous year, the Global Terrorism Index 2014 report added. The report said militant groups Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Taliban were...

Editorial

Boko Haram's war on Nigeria

THE latest act of violence of the Islamist group in Nigeria has taken the lives of more than 50 innocent students of a school in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Potiskum on Monday. While the insurgents have been targeting primarily schools and educational institutions – its name, Boko Haram, stands for “Western education is forbidden” – security forces, and even the UN headquarters in the capital, have been targeted too. Regrettably, the Nigerian military has not been able to effectively...

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