Tough talk but no force against Boko Haram

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Nigeria and its neighbours have vowed to have nearly 3 000 troops on the ground to combat Boko Haram by the start of this month, but a regional force has yet to be deployed.

Boko Haram in control of another Nigerian town

2014-11-25 14:23

Boko Haram has taken over another town in Nigeria’s far northeast, a lawmaker, a local government official and a security source say.

Boko Haram kills 48 fish vendors in Nigeria

2014-11-23 12:00

Boko Haram gunmen have killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria's restive Borno State, near the border with Chad, the head of the fish traders association says.

Nigerian opposition: Govt playing politics with Boko Haram

2014-11-19 17:42

Nigeria’s main opposition party has accused the government of playing politics with Boko Haram, as it held its first major election rally.

Nigerian cleric backs vigilantes in Boko Haram fight

2014-11-18 11:39

One of Nigeria's most powerful Muslim leaders, the emir of Kano, has voiced support for vigilantes fighting Boko Haram, urging others to form civilian militias.

Nigerian army recaptures Chibok, abducted girls' hometown

2014-11-16 16:40

The Nigerian army says it has recaptured and "secured" the northeastern town of Chibok, where Islamic militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in April.

Boko Haram invades 2 towns in NE Nigeria

2014-11-14 07:38

Scores of Boko Haram fighters have invaded two towns in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state after hunters and civilian vigilantes reportedly ousted them from a key town, residents say.

US denies failing to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram

2014-11-13 13:09

The US has hit back at allegations by the Nigerian ambassador of failing to help fight Boko Haram, saying there has been “a great deal” of US aid to his country.

US support lacking in Boko Haram battle – Nigeria

2014-11-12 08:03

Nigeria’s envoy to Washington has criticised US support in the battle against Boko Haram militants as insufficient, including failure to share enough intelligence and sell needed weaponry to fight the Islamist group.

Nigerian ambassador blasts US refusal to sell arms

2014-11-11 16:49

Nigeria's ambassador to the US has castigated Washington for refusing to sell 'lethal weapons' to fight his country's Islamic uprising, saying the extremists otherwise would have been defeated long ago.

Boko Haram attacks in north Cameroon kill 3

2014-11-11 13:35

Islamists from Nigeria's Boko Haram killed at least three civilians over the weekend as they attacked six communities in the remote north neighbouring Cameroon, a defence ministry source says.

Death toll rises after Nigeria school bombing

2014-11-11 08:17

The death toll has risen to 49 after a suicide bomber disguised in a school uniform blew himself up at a boys' secondary school in northern Nigeria, according to reports.

Scores of children hurt after Nigeria school blast

2014-11-10 11:25

Scores of children have been hurt after an explosion ripped through a school in northeast Nigeria, a teacher and medic say.

Nigeria: More troops needed against Boko Haram

2014-11-07 17:25

Boko Haram has taken over at least five municipalities in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state, its government says, calling for more troops to halt further Islamist gains.

Suicide blast kills 23 during Nigerian Shi'ite ceremony

2014-11-04 09:27

A suicide bomber has killed at least 23 people in a procession of Shi'ite Muslims marking the ritual of Ashoura in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state, witnesses say.

Families of kidnapped Nigerian girls shocked

2014-11-01 22:34

Families of the 219 schoolgirls held for more than six months by Boko Haram militants say they were shocked but not surprised at fresh claims that the teenagers had been married off.

3 bombs rock north Nigeria bus station – police

2014-10-31 19:41

Three bombs concealed in bags have rocked a bus station in north Nigeria’s Gombe state, the latest in a series of attacks targeting commuters blamed on Boko Haram, police say.

Several killed in suspected Boko Haram attack

2014-10-29 15:38

Suspected Boko Haran gunmen have killed several people in a village in Nigeria’s far northeast, a local administrator says, in the latest attack since a supposed ceasefire was announced.

Nigeria's Jonathan brushes off scandals

2014-10-27 20:45

Not many presidents could survive three multi-billion dollar government oil corruption scandals and a wave of cold-blooded killings and kidnappings.

Kidnapped women 'used by Boko Haram on front line'

2014-10-27 07:36

Boko Haram has used kidnapped women and girls to the front lines of its insurgency, a report says, following a fresh abduction in Nigeria’s far northeast.

Nigerian schoolgirls face uncertainty if they are freed

2014-10-23 15:24

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists will face uncertainty if the extremists make good on an apparent pledge to free the teenagers they seized six months ago.

Nigeria talks with Boko Haram but no sign of girls

2014-10-23 09:16

A week after Nigeria announced a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram, which it says would include the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group, there is still no sign of the girls being freed.

UN: Violence kills a child every 5 minutes

2014-10-21 16:02

One child dies every five minutes as a result of violence, but only a minority die in war zones, according to a Unicef report.

Boko Haram 'ceasefire' in doubt after attacks

2014-10-20 06:24

Nigerian military and intelligence officials have raised doubts on about the validity of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, with reports of fresh attacks and fighting in the country's northeast.

Nigeria claims Boko peace, girls deal

2014-10-17 21:01

Nigeria is claiming to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.


2 teenage female bombers kill dozens in Nigeria's Maiduguri

2014-11-25 17:23

Two teenage female suicide bombers have blown themselves up in a crowded market in Nigeria’s north-eastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people, witnesses say.

Nigeria's top Islamic leader slams military

2014-11-24 22:32

Nigeria's top Islamic leader has accused the military of fleeing when Boko Haram attacks and terrorising civilians, in the harshest ever criticism from the key cleric.

Boko Haram steps up attacks in Cameroon

2014-11-20 09:52

Nigerian Islamist extremists Boko Haram are intensifying attacks in neighbouring Cameroon, targeting new villages with increasingly sophisticated weapons.

Mob sets suspected bomber on fire

2014-11-18 22:21

A suspected would-be suicide bomber has been set on fire by an irate mob at a bus station in north-eastern Nigeria.

Nigeria to extend state of emergency

2014-11-17 20:51

Nigeria's government will seek to extend emergency rule in the restive northeast for six more months, the justice minister says.

Three dead in Nigeria air crash

2014-11-14 21:10

Three servicemen have been killed in a military helicopter crash in the restive northeast, while Boko Haram rebels raided two more towns.

Hunters kill 75 Boko Haram members in Nigeria – reports

2014-11-13 16:24

Hunters have killed at least 75 members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram in a norethern Nigerian town, a report says.

Female suicide bomber attacks Nigerian teaching college

2014-11-13 10:36

A female suicide bomber has injured four people at a teachers’ college in northwest Nigeria, while the US hit back at allegations it has not done enough to tackle Boko Haram militants.

Potiskum schools closed after Boko bomb attack

2014-11-11 18:48

Nigeria's northern Yobe state has closed all schools in the town of Potiskum after a suicide bomber killed dozens of students there.

Nigerian envoy blasts US refusal to sell arms

2014-11-11 14:29

Nigeria's ambassador to the US has criticised Washington for refusing to sell "lethal weapons" to fight his country's Islamic uprising, saying it has let down an old ally in its hour of need.

Nigerian leader expected to announce 2nd-term bid

2014-11-11 11:04

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan is expected to formally declare his bid for re-election, in a widely anticipated announcement that has been trailed by his office for weeks.

Nearly 50 boys killed in Nigeria school massacre

2014-11-10 14:32

Boko Haram militants are suspected of killing nearly 50 pupils in a suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria, in one of the worst attacks against schools teaching a so-called Western curriculum.

Bomb rocks cash point in Nigeria, several dead

2014-11-07 19:10

A bomb concealed in a black plastic bag has killed several people at a cash point in north Nigeria’s Bauchi state near the scene of a recent bus station attack blamed on Boko Haram, witnesses say.

Nigeria: Boko Haram rob bank in looting spree

2014-11-05 17:18

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have stolen dynamite and pick-up trucks from a French-owned cement works in Nigeria after robbing a bank, in a raid to fund their campaign of violence.

Gunmen free 50 inmates in Nigeria prison raid

2014-11-03 20:30

Gunmen armed with dynamite have freed at least 50 inmates in a raid on a prison in central Nigeria's Kogi state, the same facility attacked by Boko Haram Islamists in 2012, police say.

Boko Haram says schoolgirls married

2014-11-01 12:08

Boko Haram has claimed the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped in Nigeria have converted to Islam and have been married.

Thousands flee as Boko seizes town

2014-10-30 21:18

Islamist Boko Haram militants have seized control of the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi, killing dozens of people and forcing thousands to flee.

Violence no threat to Boko Haram talks

2014-10-27 22:38

Talks between Nigeria and Islamist militant group Boko Haram aimed at securing the release of 200 abducted girls have not been jeopardised by a surge in violence.

Boko Haram kills 17, abducts 30 youths – report

2014-10-27 10:43

Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram has killed 17 people and abducted 30 young men and women in north-eastern Nigeria despite a ceasefire agreement with the government, a report says.

Thirty adolescents abducted in Nigeria

2014-10-26 18:55

Around 30 adolescents - some of them girls aged as young as 11 - have been abducted in northeast Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram rebels.

Bombing at Nigeria bus station kills 5 - police

2014-10-23 12:32

A bomb blast at a bus station in north Nigeria previously targeted by Boko Haram has killed at least five people, police say.

Blast rocks bus station in north Nigeria

2014-10-23 06:14

A large explosion has rocked a bus station in a north Nigeria area previously targeted by Boko Haram, witnesses say, in what appeared to be the latest crack in the government's purported ceasefire with the Islamists.

US says talks to free Nigerian girls ongoing

2014-10-20 22:48

A US official has confirmed that a ceasefire deal appeared to have been reached between Nigeria and Boko Haram militants, but said talks to release some 200 kidnapped girls were ongoing.

Anxious wait for news on kidnapped girls

2014-10-18 07:42

Officials and campaigners are anxiously awaiting further news about the fate of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls after Nigeria claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants to secure their release.

Boko Haram 'won't threaten Nigeria vote'

2014-10-16 21:44

Nigeria can hold elections in February even if Boko Haram violence makes voting impossible in parts of the northeast, the country’s elections chief says.

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