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Abducted Chibok girls say 'we won't return' – Boko Haram video

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The 20-minute-long video is the first since May last year, when another woman who also claimed to be among the 219 seized from the town in Borno state said she wanted to stay

CHIBOK GIRLS. In this video grab made on January 15, 2018 from a video released the same day by Islamist militants group Boko Haram shows at least 14 of the schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014. Photo by Boko Haram/AFP

Boko Haram leader in new video says group safe, not crushed

Dec 29, 2016 - 8:27 PM

We are safe We have not been flushed out of anywhere And tactics and strategies cannot reveal our location except if Allah wills by his decree the group s leader says

A file of a screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by Agence France-Presse shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. Boko Haram/AFP

Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video

Sep 25, 2016 - 4:30 PM

4th UPDATE Oh tyrants I m in a happy state in good health and in safety says Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a YouTube video

RESURFACED. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau denies he has been critically wounded. Screenshot from HO/Boko Haram AFP/AFP

Nigeria's Buhari says Boko Haram leader 'wounded'

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem They are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets adds Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari takes part in the High level meeting during the the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) conference in August 28, 2016 Nairobi. Japan will pour $30 billion in investment in Africa by 2018, including $10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on on August 27, 2016 at a summit in Nairobi. "When combined with the investment from the private sector I expect the total real amount to be $30 billion," Abe said at the opening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, where he will meet dozens of leaders from across Africa. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA

New Boko Haram video 'shows Chibok girls'

Aug 14, 2016 - 6:24 PM

UPDATED The 11 minute video shows girls with veils sitting on the ground and standing in the background

2nd Chibok girl found as Nigerian president meets 1st rescued student

May 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war in the conflict which has killed at least 20 000 people forced 2 6 million from their homes and devastated the northeast since 2009

epa05317321 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (2-R) meets with rescued girl Amina Ali Nkeki and baby (L) with Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State (C) at the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria, 19 May 2016. Amina Ali Nkeki was found in the Sambisa Forest near the border of Cameroon. Nigerian Military found her carrying a baby and with a suspected member of the Boko Haram Islamist group. 218 girls remain missing after their abduction from Chibok secondary school in north-east Nigeria in 2014. EPA/STRINGER

Little to show for in Boko Haram-ISIS partnership - analysts

Mar 06, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Some security consultants predict Boko Haram in Nigeria could this year be reduced to a largely criminal regional threat

Boko Haram leader Shekau says he is 'still in charge'

Aug 17, 2015 - 12:39 AM

I am still alive and I am not dead And I will not die until my time appointed by Allah is up says Abubakar Shekau in an 8 minut audio recording attributed to him by security experts

BOKO HARAM. An image grab made on October 31, 2014, from a video obtained by Agence France-Presse shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech. File photo by Boko Haram/AFP

Boko Haram-ISIS pledge is 'act of desperation' – Nigerian govt

Mar 10, 2015 - 6:25 PM

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau makes the announcement in an audio message after months of indications that the group was seeking a formal tie up

BOKO HARAM. An image grab made on October 31, 2014, from a video obtained by Agence France-Presse shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech. File photo by Boko Haram/AFP

Attack me if you dare, Boko Haram chief taunts 'African kings'

Jan 21, 2015 - 10:45 PM

In a video claiming responsibility for the bloody attack on the Nigerian town of Baga in early January Shekau pours contempt on the presidents of Chad Cameroon and Niger

A file of a screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by Agence France-Presse shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. Boko Haram/AFP

Boko Haram suspected in Nigeria suicide blast, prison break

Nov 03, 2014 - 9:32 PM

The 3 incidents underscore fragile security in Nigeria and again look likely to dent government claims of a ceasefire deal and peace talks to end Boko Haram violence

Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'

Nov 01, 2014 - 11:36 AM

The Islamist group s leader Abubakar Shekau also denied claims by Nigeria s government that it had agreed to a ceasefire and apparently ruled out future talks

NO CEASEFIRE. An image grab made on October 31, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech. Photo by Boko Haram/AFP

Boko Haram leader dismisses death claims in new video

Oct 02, 2014 - 6:20 PM

The new 36 minute video shows Shekau standing on the back of a pick up truck and firing an anti aircraft gun into the air

CAPTURED VEHICLE. Nigerian soldiers display one of the captured Boko Haram armoured vehicles as they drive it through Maiduguri, Nigeria, 17 September 2014. Tony Nwosu/EPA

Doubts linger over claims of Boko Haram leader's death

Sep 25, 2014 - 9:57 PM

A Nigerian military claim that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was dead is dismissed as propaganda by analysts

Boko Haram leader proclaims 'Islamic caliphate' in Nigeria town

Aug 24, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Boko Haram is also believed to be in control of other areas near Gwoza in southern Borno territories in northern Borno and at least one town in Yobe state

TAKING TOWNS. A grab made on July 13, 2013 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau, dressed in camouflage and holding an Kalashnikov AK-47. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM

Boko Haram suspected after football screening venue bombed in Nigeria

Jun 18, 2014 - 11:53 PM

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has preached against football as part of the Islamist group s agenda to impose strict Islamic law in northern Nigeria

Former Nigerian leader doubtful over kidnapped girls' return

Jun 14, 2014 - 9:35 AM

If you get all of them back I will consider it a near miracle Nigeria s former president Olusegun Obasanjo says in an interview

US flying 'manned' missions to find Nigerian girls

May 13, 2014 - 8:58 AM

The flights are part of a global effort to rescue the kidnaped schoolgirls from the Boko Haram group

Missing Nigerian schoolgirls stir international effort

May 12, 2014 - 12:16 PM

Israel and a number of African countries join the bid to find the 223 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram

PROTEST. Nigerians protest over the government's failure to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls in Yola, Nigeria, 08 May 2014. Photo by EPA

US sends experts to Nigeria as number of kidnap victims rises

May 07, 2014 - 10:57 PM

The team sent to Nigeria consists of military law enforcement and other agencies

File photo by EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

Obama calls for united action against Boko Haram

May 07, 2014 - 7:51 AM

US President Barack Obama sends in help to track down 200 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria

PROTEST. Protesters march in the Nigerian capital Abuja over the government's failure to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists, May 6, 2014. Ruth Mcdowall/EPA

US urged to act after threat to sell Nigerian schoolgirls

May 06, 2014 - 11:46 AM

Six US senators have introduced a resolution calling for US action on the abducted schoolgirls

Boko Haram claims Nigeria schoolgirls abduction in new video

May 05, 2014 - 9:51 PM

Isalimst group Boko Haram releases a 57 minute video in which their leader says that Western education should end and that girls should get married

Bomb kills at least 16 near site of Abuja's deadliest attack

May 02, 2014 - 7:43 AM

At least 16 people are dead following a car bombing at the Nyanya bus terminal near Abuja

Boko Haram claims bomb in Nigeria's capital

Apr 19, 2014 - 10:19 PM

Boko Haram claims responsibility through a video for the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria s capital

Boko Haram chief shot, may have died: Nigerian army

Aug 20, 2013 - 12:45 AM

Nigeria s army said Monday that the leader of Boko Haram may have died following a gunshot wound after clashing with soldiers

Boko Haram leader 'supports' Nigeria school massacre

Jul 13, 2013 - 5:18 PM

UPDATED Shekau in the message also denies reports that Boko Haram had entered into ceasefire negotiations with the government

FULL SUPPORT. A grab made on July 13, 2013 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau, dressed in camouflage and holding an Kalashnikov AK-47. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM