Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning, fear

2014-04-20 14:30

Nigerians are marking Easter with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

Nigerians search unsafe forest for kidnapped girls

2014-04-18 08:01

Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambasi Forest to search for more than 100 girls who were kidnapped by Islamic extremists this week, an official says.

Nigeria: Principal says kidnapped girls not free

2014-04-17 11:43

The principal of a north-eastern Nigerian school says she cannot confirm a military report that more than 100 female students kidnapped by Islamic militants are free.

Attackers abduct 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria - report

2014-04-15 15:29

At least 200 schoolgirls have reportedly been abducted in an attack on a school in north-east Nigeria.

Nigeria pledges massive security for summit

2014-04-15 11:41

Nigeria will mount a massive security operation to protect a World Economic Forum on Africa planned in Abuja next month.

20 dead as blast hits bus park in Nigeria

2014-04-14 09:29

A blast at a bus depot on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja has killed at least 20 people during rush hour, witnesses say.

Nigerian held for tweeting attack pictures

2014-04-12 19:00

Nigeria has released a man who was arrested for tweeting pictures of an attempted jail break at the headquarters of the intelligence agency in Abuja, a family friend says.

Nigerian clashes kill 72

2014-04-07 14:04

Clashes in northwest Nigeria between suspected Fulani cattle rustlers mounted on motorbikes and local youth vigilantes from the rival Hausa ethnic group left at least 72 people, police say.

Boko bikers go on rampage

2014-04-04 19:20

At least 22 people have been killed in an attack by suspected members of Islamist extremist sect Boko Haram in northern Nigeria

15 killed in 'suicide attack' in Nigeria

2014-04-02 09:50

Fifteen civilians have been killed and 17 others have been injured in a suicide attack in northeast Nigeria carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants, the military says.

Nigerian cops to explain 'jailbreak' deaths

2014-03-31 13:40

Nigeria’s secret police are facing questions about how 21 detainees were killed during an attempted jailbreak from their headquarters, with claims of a cover-up about exactly what happened.

No resistance to Nigerian extremist attack

2014-03-25 11:03

A new video issued by the Boko Haram terrorist network show extremists shooting confidently in the Nigerian army’s main barracks and meeting no resistance during a raid earlier this month.

Nigeria Islamists kill 17 in market attack

2014-03-23 19:59

At least 17 people have been killed by an explosion in a village market in Nigeria in an attack blamed on Boko Haram Islamists, a local police chief says.

Nigeria to be gentle with Boko Haram

2014-03-18 19:50

Nigeria's national security advisor says the authorities will begin using a "soft approach" to stem the Boko Haram Islamist violence raging across the northeast.

Heavy gunfire heard in Nigerian city

2014-03-14 10:55

Heavy gunfire raged for two hours in Nigeria’s north-eastern city of Maiduguri, residents say, adding that it was coming from Foro, an area near a military barracks.

Nigeria 'atrocities' forcing 1000s to flee

2014-03-12 09:25

Thousands of refugees are fleeing harrowing scenes of atrocities and body-strewn streets in northern Nigeria, the UN says.

Nigerian schools shut after massacres

2014-03-07 08:59

Nigeria’s military says it has killed 20 Islamist insurgents in the restive northeast, as schools are shut in the region to prevent further attacks targeting students.

Bishop: 20 Nigerian churched razed in attacks

2014-03-05 07:46

A Catholic bishop says Islamic insurgents have destroyed 20 churches in north-eastern Nigeria in recent attacks.

Nigerian governor's visit marred by gunfire

2014-02-28 19:39

Sporadic gunfire has sparked panic as the governor of Nigeria's Adamawa state met with survivors of a brutal Islamist attack.

Soldiers flee, 33 die in attacks in north Nigeria

2014-02-28 10:31

Soldiers have abandoned checkpoints and fled into the bush, leaving five villages and a town at the mercy of Islamic extremists who killed at least 33 people at a college in northeast Nigeria, survivors say.

Nigeria attack: Terrified pupils flee schools

2014-02-27 07:41

Terrified students in northeast Nigeria have fled boarding schools after an attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists in which 43 students were shot and hacked to death.

Pupils burnt to ashes in Nigerian school attack

2014-02-25 12:21

Gunmen from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram have stormed a boarding school, killing 29 pupils, many of who died in flames as the school was burned to the ground, police say.

Nigeria says winning war against insurgents

2014-02-19 11:28

Nigeria is winning the war against Boko Haram Islamists in the restive northeast that has claimed thousands of lives, a presidential spokesperson says.

Senator says 100+ killed in Nigeria attack

2014-02-17 07:49

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have killed more than 100 people in an attack on a village in Nigeria, a local senator says.

1000s missing in Nigeria – Red Cross

2014-02-06 16:55

Tens of thousands of people in Nigeria are missing out on vital services because of conflict, with the areas where Boko Haram operates worst affected, the Red Cross says.


14 more Nigeria schoolgirls escape Islamists

2014-04-19 14:00

Another 14 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast have escaped, leaving 85 missing after an attack that has sparked global outrage.

Nigeria: Fate of 100+ abducted girls unknown

2014-04-17 14:00

The fate of more than 100 girls abducted by Islamic extremists has been thrown into uncertainty after their school principal denied a report that almost all the students had been freed.

Nigerian abductors pretended to be soldiers

2014-04-16 20:46

Islamist rebels have duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid.

Nigeria beefs up security after deadly bombing

2014-04-15 14:58

Nigeria police have boosted security across Abuja after a bomb blast ripped through a packed bus station killing at least 72 people, the deadliest attack ever to hit the capital.

SA sends condolences to Nigeria

2014-04-14 21:04

South Africa has sent its "deepest condolences" to Nigeria after a bomb blast in Abuja that killed over 70 people.

'Islamists' kill at least 60 in Nigeria

2014-04-14 07:52

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have killed at least 60 people in Nigeria’s troubled north-eastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, an official says.

Nigeria: Gunmen kill 2 watching Champions League

2014-04-10 13:16

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists have stormed a packed viewing centre in Nigeria’s restive northeast and shot dead two people watching Champions League matches, police say.

Priests, nun kidnapped in Cameroon

2014-04-05 11:55

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon, Italy's foreign ministry says.

Boko Haram chief has little control over fighters

2014-04-03 22:32

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau likely has little control over his fighters, the International Crisis Group says.

Nigerian military rejects Haram abuse claims

2014-03-31 20:27

Nigeria's military has denied claims from Amnesty International that its troops may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Nigeria: 21 dead in attempted jail break

2014-03-31 11:38

Nigeria’s secret police say 21 detainees died during an attempted escape from custody as its headquarters, with unconfirmed reports that Boko Haram militants were involved.

Boko Haram claims barracks attack

2014-03-24 17:07

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for an attack on a key military barracks in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, in a new video.

Nigeria plan to tackle Boko Haram wins plaudits

2014-03-20 07:52

Nigeria's new broader approach to tackling the Boko Haram insurgency has won plaudits, with the plan seen as recognition that military alone would not end the bloodshed.

Haram attacks military, frees rebels

2014-03-14 17:16

Boko Haram Islamists have attacked a military base in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri and freed dozens of insurgents from custody.

Phone blackout re-imposed in Nigerian state

2014-03-13 11:25

Nigeria has re-imposed a telephone blackout on many parts of Nigeria’s northeast Bono state, the base of Boko Haram Islamists who have intensified attacks that have claimed scores of lives.

Nigeria: Boko Haram violence hits healthcare

2014-03-09 15:01

Healthcare services have collapsed in the northern part of Nigeria's Borno state as doctors, nurses and pharmacists flee for their lives from brutal violence unleashed by Islamist Boko Haram militants.

Ex-general takes charge of Nigeria defence ministry

2014-03-05 18:24

Ex-army general Mohammed Gusau has formally taken charge of Nigeria’s defence ministry, a choice analysts say may lead to a change in strategy in the raging battle against Boko Haram.

90 killed in 2 attacks in northern Nigeria

2014-03-03 07:39

Twin car bombs at a bustling city marketplace have blasted buildings to rubble and tore apart bodies, while an attack on a farming village razed every thatched-roof hut.

Nigeria at war with Boko Haram – presidency

2014-02-28 15:43

Nigeria’s presidency says the country is at war with Boko Haram, apparently backing off previous claims that the Islamist rebels are on the run and desperate.

Nearly 300 000 displaced by Boko Haram

2014-02-27 18:31

Nearly 300 000 people have fled their homes in Nigeria since May last year because of violence linked to radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

School attack: Nigeria appeals for help

2014-02-26 07:43

Nigeria has issued an appeal to France and Abuja's Francophone neighbours to help it in the battle against Islamists after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a secondary school and killed 43 people.

Nigeria village hit by Boko Haram targeted again

2014-02-24 08:44

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have returned to a village in northeast Nigeria where 106 people were killed last week, torching homes, shooting and setting off explosives, an official says.

Nigeria military outgunned

2014-02-18 07:44

The governor of Nigeria's embattled Borno state has warned the military is outgunned in its fight against Boko Haram and more troops are urgently needed.

Gunmen on 4x4s torch Nigeria villages

2014-02-12 20:17

Suspected Islamist gunmen have raided two villages in Nigeria's restive northeast, torching homes and markets in attacks that killed at least four people and sent residents fleeing.

Do not disappoint, Nigeria top brass told

2014-02-05 20:59

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has called on his new military top brass not to disappoint the nation in their task to crush the Boko Haram insurgency.

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