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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...

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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...

Boko Haram terms truce talks claims as 'lies'

Boko Haram terms truce talks claims as 'lies'

The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off. In a new video released late Friday night, the leader Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get...

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...

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