Boko Haram 'kill several' as they loot Nigeria market

2014-09-20 19:59

Boko Haram gunmen have stormed a crowded market in Nigeria's restive northeastern state of Borno, killing several people and carting away food.

Boko Haram take over 25 towns

2014-09-18 20:30

Boko Haram militants are in charge of at least 25 towns and villages in northeast Nigeria, the region's Roman Catholic bishop has claimed.

Nigeria's police, army 'have institutionalised torture'

2014-09-18 09:01

Nigeria’s police and military routinely torture women, men and children, some as young as 12, human rights watchdog Amnesty International says.

Boko Haram surround Maiduguri

2014-09-11 17:40

Boko Haram fighters have surrounded the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri and are preparing an imminent takeover.

Jonathan orders removal of #BringBackGoodluck posters

2014-09-10 17:04

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the removal of signs and banners that mimic the social media campaign to release more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, his spokesperson says.

20 police still missing after Boko Haram attack

2014-09-10 06:04

Twenty Nigerian police officers are still missing three weeks after Boko Haram fighters attacked a training academy outside the remote northeastern town of Gwoza, the country's police chief says.

Boko Haram grabs towns in northeast Nigeria

2014-09-07 19:23

Nigeria's Islamic extremists of Boko Haram have seized more towns along Nigeria's northeastern border and are adopting a new strategy of encouraging civilians to stay, witnesses say.

Nigeria bombs Boko Haram bases

2014-09-06 06:59

Nigerian warplanes are carrying out air strikes against Boko Haram militant bases in northeast Borno state, says a senior official.

Nigeria suffers dramatic upsurge in Violence

2014-09-04 10:28

Nigeria has suffered a dramatic upsurge in violence claimed by, or blamed on, the armed Islamist group Boko Haram, including a series of bloody attacks and the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls.

Ministers meet as Boko Haram attacks intensify

2014-09-03 14:35

Foreign ministers from Nigeria and neighbouring countries have met to discuss Boko Haram, as militants' rapid land grab intensified in the far northeast, raising fears for regional security.

Islamic fighters besiege Nigerian city: Senator

2014-09-03 10:51

Thousands of Nigerians are fleeing a northeastern city amid conflicting reports that it has been seized by Boko Haram Islamic extremists, a federal senator says.

1 000s flee Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria

2014-09-01 10:02

Sustained Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria’s far northeast have forced thousands of people from their homes, swamping towns in the north neighbouring Cameroon, authorities say.

Cameroon stops Boko Haram militants at border

2014-08-27 21:13

Cameroon's army has killed 27 members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram near a northern town, in a sign of the growing cross-border threat the militants pose.

Nigeria refutes Boko Haram caliphate claim

2014-08-25 17:49

The Nigerian government has refuted a claim by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram that it has set up an Islamic state in a town in the country’s north-east.

Boko Haram says ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law

2014-08-25 14:42

The leader of Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram says his fighters are now ruling the captured north-eastern town of Gwoza "by Islamic law".

Boko Haram takes over another town

2014-08-21 18:59

Boko Haram has seized control of a town in northeastern Nigeria, the latest to fall into Islamist hands in the crisis-hit region.

Chad frees Boko captives at border

2014-08-15 22:29

Chadian soldiers have killed most of the Boko Haram insurgents and set free most of the captives from the recent abduction.

Humanitarian crisis after Boko Haram attack

2014-08-13 16:36

Hundreds of people who escaped a Boko Haram attack need urgent help, as those still hiding on a mountain a week later say food and water supplies have run out.

Military wives block Boko Haram deployment

2014-08-12 21:26

Military wives in the restive Nigerian city of Maiduguri have taken to the streets, burning tyres to prevent their husbands being sent to fight Boko Haram.

Survivors of Boko Haram attack stranded on mountain

2014-08-10 09:52

Hundreds of people who escaped a Boko Haram attack on their town in Nigeria's restive north and fled to a nearby mountain said Saturday they were without any food.

US will boost security aid to help Africa

2014-08-07 12:34

The US will step up its support for the African militaries battling Islamic extremists or conducting dangerous peacekeeping missions, President Barack Obama says.

Islamists force 650 000 Nigerians from homes

2014-08-05 21:00

Attacks by Islamists in Nigeria's crisis-hit northeast have forced nearly 650 000 people from their homes, the United Nations humanitarian office says.

Video shows troops slitting Boko Haram suspects' throats

2014-08-05 07:49

Footage obtained by Amnesty International and released on Tuesday appears to show Nigerian soldiers slitting the throats of Boko Haram suspects and dumping their bodies in a mass grave. [WARNING: graphic content]

Nigeria opens long-awaited battle of ideas

2014-07-30 18:18

In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram.

Boko Haram Cameroon raids kill 15

2014-07-28 16:24

At least 15 people have been killed in two attacks blamed on Boko Haram in northern Cameroon, with the wife of the country's deputy prime minister among a dozen people reportedly kidnapped.


Nigerian presidential hopeful blasts govt on security

2014-09-20 07:15

Nigerian presidential hopeful Atiku Abubakar has derided Goodluck Jonathan’s record on security, vowing that Boko Haram could be crushed easily if politicians chose to do so.

Boko Haram blamed as 13 die in Nigeria shootout

2014-09-18 11:54

Boko Haram insurgents have been blamed after at least 13 people died during a shootout between police and suspected suicide bombers at a teacher training college in Nigeria.

Nigeria army, militants clash near Maiduguri

2014-09-12 17:15

Nigerian government forces are fighting Islamist insurgents 35km outside Borno state capital Maiduguri to try to stop any attack on the north-eastern city, residents say.

Boko Haram under scrutiny over foreign fighters claim

2014-09-11 15:09

Cameroon's claims that two Tuareg fighters were among the dead when troops bombarded Boko Haram position have sparked fresh interest in the group’s links to the wider jihad network.

Scores flee advancing Islamic militants in Nigeria

2014-09-10 10:02

Fleeing residents say Boko Haram fighters are patrolling 50km of the main road between two of several towns the Islamic extremists have seized in a 320 arc running alongside northeast Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

Cameroon army 'kills +100 Boko Haram fighters'

2014-09-09 10:32

Cameroon says its soldiers have killed "more than 100" Boko Haram fighters during an attempted incursion by the Nigeria-based Islamist insurgents.

Boko Haram looks stronger than ever

2014-09-06 16:31

Boko Haram looks stronger than ever despite a promise eight months ago by Nigeria’s newest chief of staff to end the violence being waged by the militant group.

Boko Haram systematically killing men in Nigeria

2014-09-05 08:33

The Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram is systematically killing men to assert its control and has seized yet another area in northern Nigeria, reports say.

Nigeria's Bama still under state control

2014-09-03 20:05

The Nigerian town of Bama remains under government control after an assault by Boko Haram, the Borno state government says, contradicting reports that the Islamist group had seized much of it.

African leaders may create fund to fight militants

2014-09-03 13:05

African leaders have proposed creating a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups growing in strength from Kenya to Nigeria.

Cameroon army 'kills 40 Boko Haram fighters'

2014-09-03 08:53

Cameroon's army have claimed to have killed more than 40 Boko Haram fighters who tried to storm a strategic border crossing from Nigeria.

Cameroon troops shell Boko Haram camp

2014-08-29 07:20

Cameroon's army has attacked the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, shelling one of their camps across the border.

Boko Haram seizes villages, towns

2014-08-26 21:03

Boko Haram has attempted to blow up a bridge on the Nigerian border with Cameroon after overrunning a town and sending residents and soldiers fleeing.

1000s flee to Cameroon after Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

2014-08-25 17:49

A Boko Haram attack on a border town in northeast Nigeria has forced thousands of people to flee, in a fresh assault indicating the militants’ growing ability to strike at will.

Boko Haram: Seized town part of Islamic caliphate

2014-08-25 05:00

Boko Haram's leader says that a northeast town seized by the insurgents earlier this month has been placed under an Islamic caliphate.

Nigerian soldiers mutiny over lack of weapons

2014-08-20 17:21

Dozens of Nigerian soldiers have refused to deploy for an offensive against Boko Haram Islamists until they receive better weapons, several of the mutineers told AFP.

Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys in Nigeria

2014-08-15 13:24

Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, leading them onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses say.

Nigerian women abandon their Hijab

2014-08-13 11:32

Women in north Nigeria's largest city Kano are abandoning their traditional religious dress after a spate of suicide bombings by young girls with explosives under their hijab.

Over 100 killed in Boko Haram clashes in Nigeria

2014-08-12 10:45

More than 100 civilians and several soldiers were killed in clashes between Nigeria's military and Islamist militant group Boko Haram, a military official says.

Boko Haram gathers new recruits in Cameroon

2014-08-08 12:45

The Nigerian Islamist movement Boko Haram has recruited and trained hundreds of young Cameroonians to carry out attacks in their own country, according to police.

'Dozens' killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

2014-08-07 08:31

Boko Haram gunmen have attacked Nigeria's restive northeastern town of Gwoza, leaving dozens dead, residents say, in the latest violence blamed on the Islamists.

Nigerian army accused of 'extensive' rights violations

2014-08-05 13:33

Global rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused Nigeria's military and its supporting civilian militia of "extensive human rights violations" in their fight against Boko Haram.

Nigeria girl faces murder trial over forced marriage

2014-08-04 14:34

A 14-year-old girl accused of poisoning the 35-year-old man she was forced to marry is set to go on trial for murder in northern Nigeria, a case that has thrown the spotlight on the influence of Islamic law in region.

Suicide bombers attack 2 mosques in Nigeria

2014-07-30 07:49

Suicide bombers believed to be linked to Boko Haram have attacked two mosques in northeast Nigeria, killing at least six people and injuring several others, according to witnesses.

Female suicide bomber targets Nigeria petrol station

2014-07-28 14:12

A female suicide bomber has blown herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano, killing one other person, a military source says.

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