Girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram

2014-12-25 13:14

A 13-year-old girl says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb at a market in Kano.

Nigerian army bans Christmas travel amid attack fears

2014-12-25 08:58

The Nigerian army has banned the travel of all vehicles in northern Borno state over the Christmas period for fear of attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

At least 20 dead in Nigeria bus station blast

2014-12-22 18:36

A bombing at a bus station in Gombe city in northeast Nigeria has killed at least 20 people, the latest violence in the region repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram, the Red Cross says.

Video shows Boko Haram killing captives

2014-12-21 19:04

A new video from Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are "infidels".

African leaders consider joint steps against Islamist threat

2014-12-18 20:29

A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, has opened in Mauritania.

Cameroon army kills 116 Boko Haram fighters

2014-12-18 12:53

Cameroon's army says its troops have killed 116 Nigerian fighters from the Islamist Boko Haram group in the far north.

Nigerian soldiers sentenced to die for refusing to fight

2014-12-18 07:28

A court martial in Nigeria sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight the Boko Haram radical Islamist group, a media report says.

Thousands flee Boko Haram

2014-12-13 06:40

More than 1.5 million Nigerians have been forced from their homes by the raging Islamist insurgency, which has left 13 000 dead since 2009 and raised fears of a humanitarian crisis.

Boko Haram 'likely behind Jos, Nigeria bombings'

2014-12-12 14:03

A double bomb attack that killed 31 people in a crowded market in the central Nigerian city of Jos was likely to have been carried out by Boko Haram, the state government said on Friday.

All-night vote in Nigeria opposition presidential primary

2014-12-11 12:04

Members of Nigeria’s main opposition party have voted throughout the night to choose a candidate to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan at next year’s elections.

Nigeria-US training cancellation 'logistical, not political'

2014-12-05 14:43

Nigeria says a decision to cancel US training of its soldiers to fight Boko Haram is a logical, not political decision.

Nigeria: 150+ killed in Boko Haram dawn raid

2014-12-03 18:18

More than 150 people, including 38 people, died in a Boko Haram raid on the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu this week, police say.

Cameroon troops desperate for help against Boko Haram

2014-12-02 13:15

Boko Haram is increasingly a regional threat and the battle against the Nigerian Islamist sect is meant to be a regional campaign, but that's not the way it feels for Cameroon's soldiers.

Nigeria halts US training of battalion

2014-12-01 22:03

The US Embassy says Nigeria has asked the United States to stop training a battalion of Nigerian soldiers, the latest sign of troubled relations between the two countries.

Cameroon battles to keep youths out of Boko Haram

2014-11-28 12:19

As the West fights to keep its youth from the grip of jihadists, Cameroon's Muslim leaders are struggling to respond to a recruitment drive by Nigeria's deadly Boko Haram.

Jonathan 'misread' Boko Haram threat

2014-11-27 20:34

Nigeria's influential ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has accused the current leader Goodluck Jonathan of misreading the Boko Haram crisis and allowing the threat to escalate to "gargantuan" heights.

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.


UN urged to intervene in Nigerian executions

2014-12-25 10:00

A leading human rights group is asking UN rapporteurs to help try to stop the mass executions of soldiers sentenced to death by firing squad in Nigeria for refusing to fight Islamic militants.

26 dead, 76 injured in Nigerian blast

2014-12-23 08:59

Two explosions in two north-east Nigerian states have killed at least 26 people and injured 79, rescue and health officials say.

Boko Haram launches strikes near Cameroon border

2014-12-22 09:01

Thousands of members of Boko Haram have launched strikes across the border in Cameroon, with co-ordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks.

Extremists in Nigeria lining up, shooting the elderly

2014-12-21 10:35

Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 in the past week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.

Boko Haram kidnaps at least 185 people in Nigeria

2014-12-18 15:27

Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people from the northeast Nigeria village of Gumsuri, carting the hostages away on trucks towards the Sambisa Forest.

Islamists kill 32, kidnap scores in Nigeria

2014-12-18 10:39

Boko Haram militants have killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast, two local officials and a witness says.

Million displaced Nigerians unable to vote unless law changed

2014-12-16 05:15

More than a million Nigerians displaced by an Islamist insurgency in the northeast may not be able to vote in the 14 February presidential election unless the law is changed.

Twin bomb blasts have rocked Jos

2014-12-12 22:29

Twin bomb blasts have rocked Jos, the capital of Plateau state in north-central Nigeria, killing at least 31 people.

Faced with Boko Haram refugees, Niger calls for help

2014-12-11 16:10

Niger says it needs more international assistance to help it confront a looming food crisis compounded by an influx of Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram.

Nigeria’s army kills 27 Boko Haram insurgents

2014-12-09 13:26

Nigeria's army has killed members of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram as part of efforts to regain control over the country’s volatile north-east, the defence ministry says.

Yet another attack by Boko Haram

2014-12-04 21:24

Suspected Boko Haram militants have surrounded a village in north-eastern Nigeria and started shooting while chanting, "God is great", in the latest of a series of attacks.

Nigerian capital city attacks claim 77 lives

2014-12-02 21:21

Hospital workers say 77 people, including 33 police, have been killed in attacks by suspected extremists on two northeast Nigerian cities.

Minister: Military alliance vs Boko Haram readies

2014-12-02 10:49

Cameroon's foreign minister says a five-country African coalition will soon be operational to fight terrorism, notably Nigeria-based Boko Haram.

Explosions, gunfire in Nigeria's Damaturu city

2014-12-01 10:24

Explosions and gunfire rocked the north Nigerian city of Damaturu , in a suspected Boko Haram attack that targeted police, residents say.

Nigeria bus station blast kills 40 people

2014-11-27 20:50

A roadside bomb has torn through a bus station near a busy junction in northeast Nigeria, killing 40 people including five soldiers, witnesses and a security source on the scene said.

Tough talk but no force against Boko Haram

2014-11-27 17:41

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.

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