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.

Militants seize Cameroon vice PM's wife

2014-07-27 14:20

Boko Haram militants have attacked Kolofata, a town in Cameroon's Far North Region near Nigeria, and seized several people including the wife of Cameroon's Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, a military commander in the region says.

Second bomb in Nigeria's Kaduna kills 50

2014-07-23 16:59

A second bomb blast in Kaduna killed 50 in the north Nigerian city's crowded Kawo market.

Jonathan: We'll bring all kidnapped girls alive

2014-07-23 10:18

Nigeria's president has reportedly vowed to bring back the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls, saying his government is doing everything possible to secure their release.

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

2014-07-22 11:48

At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have died from stress and attacks, as their hometown, Chibok, continues to be under siege from Boko Haram militants, residents say.

Cameroon villagers live in terror of Boko Haram

2014-07-22 09:07

Cameroonians in villages that line the border with Nigeria are living in fear of Boko Haram Islamists, particularly when night falls.

Nigerian media fears crackdown over Boko Haram

2014-07-21 11:43

After 15 years of democracy, Nigerian journalists believe the state is trying to tame the country’s vibrant, prolific media, especially on coverage of the battle against Boko Haram.

Nigeria's media fears crackdown over Boko Haram battle

2014-07-20 22:25

Nigeria's press is traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone - whether it's true or not, but reporters fear a government sensitive to criticism is now cracking down.

Boko Haram kill many, set homes ablaze

2014-07-18 19:49

Survivors say Boko Haram gunmen have invaded a north-eastern Nigerian town just 85km from Maiduguri city, killing many villagers and setting homes ablaze.

Kidnappings: Jonathan blasts activists

2014-07-16 07:40

Nigeria's leader Goodluck Jonathan has accused activists of playing politics, saying they cancelled a meeting between him and family members of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Nigerian leader: Missing girls to be home soon

2014-07-15 09:34

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has promised that more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants would soon return home, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai says.

Malala pledges to help free Nigerian girls

2014-07-14 13:01

Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai has pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants.

Boko Haram Islamists claim Abuja, Lagos attacks

2014-07-13 12:08

The leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists has claimed responsibility for a June 25 bombing in the capital Abuja and an attack on the same day at a fuel depot in Lagos.

Nigeria's Boko Haram escalates attacks

2014-07-09 05:00

Islamist militant group Boko Haram is blamed for at least 18 attacks on civilians in northern Nigeria in the past two weeks.

Lagos fuel depot blast 'no accident'

2014-07-08 07:57

Nigerian authorities have covered up a bomb attack in capital Lagos by claiming a blast near a major fuel depot was an industrial accident.

Over 60 women, girls escape abductors in Nigeria

2014-07-07 05:48

More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources say, but more than 200 schoolgirls are still being held.

3 Boko Haram recruiters held in Nigeria

2014-07-05 09:45

Nigeria has arrested three women suspected of recruiting female activists for the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, it has been reported.

Growing concern about Islamist militancy

2014-07-03 05:00

Large majorities in Muslim countries are increasingly worried about Islamist militancy and oppose its best-known groups, such as al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and Hamas.

Nigeria suffering greater carnage – Soyinka

2014-07-02 14:58

Nigeria is suffering greater carnage at the hands of Islamist group Boko Haram than it did during a secessionist civil war, Nigerian Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka says.

Nigeria blast: Explosives 'hidden under charcoal'

2014-07-01 13:26

Witnesses of an explosion at a market in Nigeria’s north-eastern city of Maiduguri say explosives were hidden under a load of charcoal in a pickup van.

'Many casualties' feared in Nigerian explosion

2014-07-01 11:14

Witnesses and security officials say many casualties are feared after an explosion ripped through a bustling market in Nigeria’s city of Maiduguri.

Nigerian military finds abducted girls terror cell

2014-06-30 22:10

The Nigeria military has discovered a terror cell, arresting 2 women and a businessman who helped abduct schoolgirls.

Gunmen torch churches, kill scores in Nigeria

2014-06-29 17:06

Witnesses say suspected Islamic extremists have sprayed gunfire at worshippers and torched four churches in a village just miles from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped.

Nigerian president visits bomb site in Abuja

2014-06-27 18:07

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has visited the site of a deadly bombing in the capital Abuja after cutting short an AU engagement to meet victims of the attack blamed on Boko Haram.


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.

West African states pledge anti-Boko Haram force

2014-07-24 05:58

Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon have pledged to mobilise a joint force to tackle the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram Islamist militants operating mainly in Nigeria.

Suicide bomber in Kaduna kills 25

2014-07-23 16:27

A suicide bomb in the north Nigeria city of Kaduna has killed at least 25 people, in what appeared to be an assassination attempt.

Jonathan meets relatives of kidnapped girls

2014-07-22 14:56

Relatives of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 100 days ago have met with President Goodluck Jonathan for the first time since the girls were seized.

School offers hope to Nigerian children

2014-07-22 10:49

Children in Nigeria's north face immense challenges in accessing education, and for the fatherless, the obstacles are even tougher.

Boko Haram raid displaces 15 000

2014-07-22 05:52

A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa has displaced more than 15 000 people.

Boko Haram kill +40, burn down houses

2014-07-21 07:40

Suspected Islamists have raided the remote northeast Nigerian town of Damboa, shooting dead more than 40 residents and burning down houses.

Extremists kill more than 100 in northeast Nigeria

2014-07-19 18:49

Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by Nigeria's military, officials say.

Teachers targeted in Nigeria's north-east

2014-07-18 08:43

One hundred and seventy-six teachers have been killed and 900 schools destroyed in Nigeria's Borno state since Boko Haram militants intensified their violent attacks in 2011.

Nigeria arrests Boko Haram’s 'butcher'

2014-07-15 16:01

Nigerian police say they have arrested a senior Boko Haram Islamist commander known as "Chief Butcher" during a raid on an insurgent camp in the restive northeast.

At least 38 killed in raid on Nigerian village

2014-07-15 08:32

At least 38 people have been killed following a raid by suspected Islamist Boko Haram gunmen on a village in northeast Nigeria and military aerial bombardment of fleeing resident, villagers say.

Boko Haram demands fighters swap for girls

2014-07-14 11:38

A new video shows the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram crowning over the recent victories including two explosions at a fuel depot in Lagos that the government tried to cover up.

Nigeria police uncover major Abuja bomb plot

2014-07-12 16:03

Nigerian police have uncovered a plot to bomb the Abuja transport network, they say, using suicide bombers and devices concealed in luggage at major bus stations.

Nigerian kidnapped girls 'in good health, well fed'

2014-07-08 11:40

An audio report has emerged where a member of Nigerian militants Boko Haram says the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the group in April are in "good health" and are "well fed".

Minister warned against 'inciting' xenophobia

2014-07-08 05:00

An Islamic organisation has slammed the deputy minister of international affairs’ recent statements about Boko Haram in SA, saying that it could incite xenophobic and Islamophobia.

Nigeria: Soldiers repel attack on military base

2014-07-06 16:10

At least 50 alleged insurgents have been killed during clashes with Nigerian soldiers as security forces repelled an attack on a military base in Borno, the defence ministry says.

Boko Haram: Nigerians plead for UN protection

2014-07-04 22:34

Villagers from a northeast Nigerian town where Boko Haram Islamists abducted more than 200 schoolgirls have appealed to the UN to intervene because of worsening violence in the region.

No surprise if Boko Haram in SA - Landers

2014-07-02 19:27

Deputy International Relations Minister Luwellyn Landers says South Africans should not be surprised if Boko Haram splinter groups are operating in the country.

Jonathan vows to step up fight against Boko Haram

2014-07-01 14:39

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to step up fight against Boko Haram militants following renewed attacks on churches and other similar atrocities.

Nigeria: Blast 'wrecked busy taxis, cars'

2014-07-01 12:24

Witnesses say the explosion of a suspected vehicle bomb in Nigeria’s city of Maiduguri wrecked cars and taxis which were unloading passengers on a road adjoining a market.

Boko Haram is Nigeria's 'biggest threat'

2014-07-01 09:10

Nigeria's Boko Haram militant group has become the biggest security threat of Africa's top oil producer, even as the US imposed sanctions on its leader Abubakar Shekau in 2012.

50+ dead in Nigeria Islamist attack on churches

2014-06-30 13:36

More than 50 people were killed in the latest attack blamed on Boko Haram Islamists which targeted churches in Nigeria’s embattled northeast, an official says.

Nigeria: Blast in brothel kills at least 10

2014-06-28 13:30

An explosion in the red light district of northern Nigeria’s Bauchi city has killed 10 people and injured 14 others, police say.

Nigeria intelligence agency: We warned malls

2014-06-27 16:01

Nigeria’s intelligence agency says it had been warning shopping complexes for two weeks that Islamic extremists planned an attack in the capital before an explosion killed at least 22 people this week.

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