Boko Haram captures Nigerian town, military base

2015-01-25 20:17

Boko Haram Islamists have captured the northeastern town of Monguno, including a military base, after a fierce battle with Nigerian troops, security sources say.

Boko Haram frees at least 190 in Nigeria's Yobe state

2015-01-25 10:06

Nigerian Sunni jihadist group Boko Haram has released at least 190 captives, who returned to their community in the northeast state of Yobe, officials say.

Campaign vs Boko Haram hampered by cowards

2015-01-22 21:40

Nigeria's campaign against Islamist Boko Haram insurgents is being hampered by 'cowards' within the armed forces, its presidential security adviser says.

Cameroon frees German hostage

2015-01-21 20:17

Cameroon has freed a German hostage kidnapped six months ago in Nigeria by Boko Haram.

Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria neighbours

2015-01-21 08:23

Boko Haram has claimed a massive attack feared to be the worst in its six-year insurgency and threatened Nigeria’s neighbours, as talks began for a regional response to the militants.

Cameroon border area in chaos

2015-01-20 20:16

Ten thousand Cameroonians have fled inland after Nigeria militants staged attacks and kidnappings.

Boko Haram lets 20 Cameroon hostages go

2015-01-19 15:44

Around 20 of the dozens of hostages seized by Boko Haram in Cameroon have been released by the Islamists as they were chased by the army, media reports say.


We're joined via Skype by Lisa Otto, currently based in the UK. Lisa is an African relations expert who speaks to us about Boko Haram and the world's lacklustre reaction to their latest terror attack that left over 2000 dead. Watch.

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Nigerian elections will be seriously hampered by Boko Haram as officials from the Nigerian National Electoral Commission refuse to venture into the north of the country for fear of attack from the militant Islamic group.

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Boko Haram kidnaps at least 60 in Cameroon

2015-01-18 19:53

Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria have kidnapped at least 60 people in a new attack in northern Cameroon in which some people were killed, police said.

SA residents send condolences to Nigeria

2015-01-17 13:20

A small group of Johannesburg residents have gathered at the Nigerian consulate in Sandton to send condolences to Nigeria following a string of attacks.

Boko Haram attacks: Nigeria, AU 'must take urgent steps'

2015-01-16 12:15

The General Council of the Bar of SA has called on Nigeria and the AU to take urgent steps against Boko Haram for its mounting crimes against humanity.

Chad to send troops to fight Boko Haram

2015-01-16 11:05

Chad will send a large number of troops to neighbouring Cameroon to help it fight increasing incursions from Boko Haram Islamist militants attacking from Nigeria.

Nigerian army kills 42 Boko Haram fighters

2015-01-16 07:41

The Nigerian army has killed 42 fighters from the radical Islamist group Boko Haram after repelling its attempt to take over the north-eastern town of Biu, a report says.

UN: African states must unite against Boko Haram

2015-01-15 21:09

The four African nations most threatened by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram must put aside mutual distrust and agree on a command structure and strategy.

Boko Haram attacks: Malema slams 'irresponsible' Jonathan

2015-01-15 10:15

EFF leader Julius Malema has launched a scathing attack on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan over his silence on recent Boko Haram attacks in the west African country’s northeast town of Baga.

Chad to help Cameroon against Boko Haram

2015-01-15 05:00

Chad's government has pledged "active support" for neighbouring Cameroon in fighting Boko Haram, after another cross-border raid by the Nigerian-based Islamist group.

Nigerian troops say repel Boko Haram attack

2015-01-14 17:50

Nigeria’s military says soldiers have repelled a new Boko Haram attack after a two-hour gun battle in the restive northeast.

Crunch presidential vote looms for Nigeria

2015-01-14 14:34

Nigerians are set to go to the polls in a month’s time to elect a new president against a backdrop of a raging Boko Haram insurgency, economic troubles and persistent concerns over rampant corruption.

SA warned against fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria

2015-01-14 11:15

A military expert has reportedly warned that South Africa would be under threat if SA soldiers join African Union forces in the fight against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.

Over 11 000 flee into Chad

2015-01-13 20:03

The United Nations has said that the latest wave of Boko Haram's "vicious, ruthless attacks" in northeastern Nigeria had sent 11 320 people fleeing into Chad in a matter of days.


In today's news headlines: Gauteng Hawks head Major General Shadrack Sibiya will question his notice of suspension, Charlie Hebdo defies terrorists by placing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed on its front page & The Cameroonian army has killed 143 Boko Haram fighters. Watch.

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Cameroon army kills 143 Boko Haram militants

2015-01-13 07:51

The Cameroon army has killed 143 Boko Haram fighters who attacked a military base in the northern town of Kolofata, in what the government says is the militant’s heaviest loss yet in its territory.

Boko Haram controls Baga, bodies everywhere

2015-01-12 18:58

Boko Haram remains in control of the northeast Nigerian town of Baga more than a week after a massacre feared to be the worst since the insurgency began.


New Boko Haram attacks as Kerry visits Nigeria

2015-01-25 17:06

Nigeria's military has fought Boko Haram militants in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri as US Secretary of State John Kerry jetted in to discuss fears about election-related violence.

Election, politicians a turn-off for Lagos' young voters

2015-01-23 14:30

Nigeria’s politicians are out courting young voters but many of them are too preoccupied with trying to eke out a living to pay much attention to next month’s election.

Chad leads fight against Boko Haram

2015-01-22 20:39

Chad's President Idriss Deby has secured control of regional operations against deadly Boko Haram Islamists, riding roughshod over his supposed allies.

Attack me if you dare - Boko Haram chief

2015-01-21 18:04

The head of Boko Haram, the enigmatic Abubakar Shekau, has openly taunted the countries being menaced by the armed Islamist group.

Hundreds flee Nigeria villages

2015-01-20 20:16

Hundreds of people from four villages near the Nigerian town of Baga have been forced to flee their homes after a warning from militants.

Chad joins Boko Haram fray

2015-01-20 05:00

The Chadian army is putting 400 military vehicles, attack helicopters, and a number of soldiers amassed in northern Cameroon into action against Boko Haram.


Chad’s government has pledged support for its neighbour Cameroon in the fight against Boko Haram. We speak to African relations expert, Lisa Otto, about Boko Haram's possible movements into neighbouring states.

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We're joined via Skype by African relations expert Lisa Otto who speaks to us about Boko Haram's activity in northern Nigeria. Watch.

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Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon

2015-01-19 05:00

Boko Haram has staged its largest kidnapping yet in Cameroon, Nigeria's information has said, adding that some of the about 50 hostages were children.

West African leaders consider new force to fight Boko Haram

2015-01-17 10:33

West African leaders are considering creating a military force to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants and will hold a regional summit next week to discuss the issue.


In today's news headlines: Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona said government shares responsibility with Eskom for the power problems gripping the country, the Nigerian army has killed 42 fighters from the radical Islamist group Boko Haram and Indonesian divers will today make a fresh attempt to reach the main body of an AirAsia plane that crashed in the sea last month. Watch.

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Jonathan visits survivors of Boko Haram massacre

2015-01-16 10:19

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has paid a surprise visit to the heartland of the Boko Haram movement after satellite pictures showed massive destruction in two northern towns razed by the Islamist fighters.

Nigerians lose homes, loved ones, votes

2015-01-16 05:00

Nigerians fleeing a wave of killings by the Islamist group Boko Haram have already lost loved ones, livelihoods and now they seem likely to lose their vote.

Kerry: US, UK may set up scheme to deal with Boko Haram

2015-01-15 19:57

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his British counterpart are discussing a special initiative to deal with the Boko Haram extremist group in Nigeria and its neighbours.

Images show Nigeria's Baga destruction by Boko Haram

2015-01-15 11:12

Satellite images show widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that have been attacked by Islamic extremists, an international human rights group say.

AI: Boko Haram killed woman in labour during attack

2015-01-15 07:28

Boko Haram killed a woman as she was in labour during what is feared could be the deadliest attack in the militants’ six-year insurgency, Amnesty International claims.

Ex-UN chief Annan warns Nigeria about poll violence

2015-01-14 16:17

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged Nigeria to hold peaceful elections next month, warning that violence could be a set-back to progress across Africa.

Nigeria's two leading presidential candidates

2015-01-14 13:13

Nigeria's presidential election on February 14 is set to be a head-to-head contest between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

UN to Nigeria: Restore law and order, probe mass killings

2015-01-13 17:24

The UN has called on Nigeria to restore law and order in the northeast and investigate "mass killings" of civilians blamed on Boko Haram insurgents.

Boko Haram attacks: Nigeria puts death toll at 150

2015-01-13 09:12

The Nigerian government says up to 150 people were killed by Boko Haram in the country’s north last week and dismissed widespread reports that 2 000 people had died.

Boko Haram attacks military base in Cameroon

2015-01-12 21:25

Fighters from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram have launched an attack on a military base in the northwest Cameroonian city of Kolofata, police say.

UN condemns surge in Nigeria killings

2015-01-12 14:09

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has condemned recent attacks by Islamic militants that killed hundreds of people in Nigeria, which holds elections next month.

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