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Hundreds flee after Boko Haram militant raid in northeast Nigeria

Nov 11, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The raid highlights the fragile security in Nigeria's northeast where the army is still battling to end a conflict that erupted in 2009

Nigeria claims 'normalcy restored' after Boko Haram attack

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:08 PM

At least 8 civilians are thought to have been killed and thousands more forced to flee, in what was the Islamist extremists' first major seizure of a town in two years

30 Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram raid – military sources

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The attacks appear to undermine repeated claims by the military that Boko Haram had been defeated

Suicide blasts in northeast Nigeria kill at least 31 – official, local militia

Jun 17, 2018 - 8:47 PM

(UPDATED) The suspected Boko Haram jihadists also fire rocket-propelled grenades into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the attacks, increasing the casualties

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Dozens killed in northeast Nigeria suicide blasts

May 01, 2018 - 11:37 PM

A medical source at the Mubi General Hospital says they had 'so far received 37 dead bodies and dozens of injured from the two blast scene'.

Nigerian president's U.S. visit to focus on security, economy

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:43 PM

According to a White House statement, the talks will focus on economic growth and democratic development, and fighting terrorism and insecurity in Nigeria

OFF TO US. In this file photo, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (C) proposes a toast in Lagos, on March 29, 2018, as he attends the rally organized to celebrate the 66th birthday of the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Photo by Stefan Heunis/AFP

Boko Haram has abducted over 1,000 children in Nigeria since 2013 – UNICEF

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:28 AM

'These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable,' says Mohamed Malick Fall, a UNICEF representative in Nigeria

FREE. Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, wait to meet the Nigerian president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018. File photo by Philip Ojisua/AFP

4 teen girl suicide bombers launch deadly attack in Nigeria

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The suspected Boko Haram attack highlights the challenge the government faces in reaching a ceasefire agreement with the fractionalized insurgents

Boko Haram releases 76 abducted schoolgirls

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:37 PM

Information Minister Lai Mohammed says 'the 76 are those who have been documented,' adding that the release of the abducted students 'is ongoing'

Nigeria's Buhari meets parents of kidnapped schoolgirls

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The jihadists are still holding 112 students they abducted from Chibok, which sparked a global campaign for their release. The Dapchi kidnapping has been given less attention.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS. Parents go through list of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in northern Nigerian on February 28, 2018. Photo by Aminu Abubakar/AFP

'Some' missing Nigerian schoolgirls rescued after Boko Haram attack

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The disappearance sparks fears of a repeat of the 2014 mass kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a similar school in Chibok

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

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 13 in Nigeria

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:02 AM

The attacks occur in the town of Biu, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) south of the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, which has been at the epicenter of Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency

UN bracing for 40,000 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:46 PM

'We are preparing to help up to 40,0000,' UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch tells AFP, stressing though that the number of people fleeing into Nigeria could easily surpass that figure

DISPLACED. In this file photo in September 14, 2016, displaced Cameroonians wait for food parcels at a food distribution center in Nigeria. FILE PHOTO

Nigeria says trial of Boko Haram suspects to start by October

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:55 PM

About 1,600 detainees will be tried early next month, according to Justice Minister Abubakar Malami

Nigerian military blames homeless for botched air strike

Jul 22, 2017 - 10:19 AM

UPDATED Charity group Doctors Without Borders says they are extremely worried by the Nigerian military s statement 6 months after the bombing

14 dead in twin Cameroon bombings

Jul 13, 2017 - 5:22 PM

The bombings which took place on Wednesday evening in Waza near the Nigerian border targeted a busy area in the market town sources say

Conflict-zone contraception for the Boko Haram homeless

Jul 10, 2017 - 3:59 PM

According to the International Rescue Committee internally displaced people are extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse

Boko Haram fighters found posing as refugees – Nigeria

Jul 02, 2017 - 12:40 AM

They were arrested during screening of the returnees at the border town of Banki by security personnel an official says

Another kidnapped Chibok girl free in Nigeria

May 18, 2017 - 8:18 AM

The girl s escape announced by the Nigerian government means 107 of the 219 schoolgirls held by the jihadists since April 2014 are now free

CHIBOK ABDUCTION. This screengrab taken from a video on May 12, 2014 shows girls wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released the video claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls. Photo from AFP

Chibok girl refused to be part of release deal – Nigeria

May 09, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Presidency spokesman Garba Shehu: One said No I have a husband I m happy where I am And then 82 came back

Nigeria president vows support for freed Chibok girls

May 08, 2017 - 11:04 AM

President Buhari: I cannot express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom

WITH THE PRESIDENT. An handout picture released by the PGDBA&HND Mass Communication shows Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) addressing the 82 rescued Chibok girls during a reception ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on May 7, 2017. PGDBA&HND Mass Communication/Sunday Aghaeze/Handout/AFP

Nigeria prisoner swap secures release of 82 Chibok girls

May 07, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED The presidency announces that months of talks with the jihadists has yielded results just over 6 months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators

KIDNAPPED. This file photo taken on May 12, 2014 is screengrab taken from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by Agence France-Presse shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram/handout/AFP

Father of Chibok girls, 3 years on: 'I lost my peace'

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Three years after Boko Haram abducted 276 girls many grief stricken families still wait for their children to return

STILL WAITING. The Mark family at home. Three years ago, two girls from the family were among the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram armed group Photo by Chika Oduah/Al Jazeera

Nigeria marks 3 years since mass schoolgirl kidnap

Apr 14, 2017 - 10:01 PM

The Bring Back Our Girls movement has been urging President Muhammadu Buhari to ramp up efforts to free the 195 Chibok schoolgirls still believed held by Boko Haram

CHIBOK ABDUCTION. This screengrab taken from a video on May 12, 2014 shows girls wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released the video claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls. Photo from AFP

Thousands flee Boko Haram attacks around Nigeria's Chibok – IOM

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:22 AM

Boko Haram s Islamist insurgency has left at least 20 000 people dead in northeast Nigeria since it began in 2009 and has displaced more than 2 6 million others

Botched Nigeria air strike may have killed up to 236 people

Jan 22, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Local official: From what the people who buried the dead victims with their hands told me not those who treated the wounded they buried 234 dead

This handout image received courtesy of Doctors Without Border (MSF) on January 17, 2017, shows people standing next to destruction after an air force jet accidentally bombarded a camp for those displaced by Boko Haram Islamists, in Rann, northeast Nigeria. Medecins Sans Frontieres/Handout/AFP

Air strike on displaced camp in Nigeria 'kills 52'

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:51 PM

An air force jet accidentally bombs a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants medical charity MSF says

This handout image received courtesy of Doctors Without Border (MSF) on January 17, 2017, shows people standing next to destruction after an air force jet accidentally bombarded a camp for those displaced by Boko Haram Islamists, in Rann, northeast Nigeria. Medecins Sans Frontieres/Handout/AFP

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Jan 09, 2017 - 11:21 AM

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DEVOTION. The Black Nazarene procession moves in front of the National Museum as of 9:30 am on Monday, January 9. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel/Rappler

Nigeria marks 1,000 days since kidnap of Chibok girls

Jan 09, 2017 - 1:00 AM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says his government is committed to finding the remaining 195 schoolgirls who were abducted almost 3 years ago

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 12, 2014 is screengrab taken from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.   The Nigerian army on January 5, 2017 said another Chibok schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists almost three years ago had been rescued along with her six-month-old baby.Rakiya Abubakar was one of over 200 schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014, army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.  / AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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

Nigerian troops foil suicide attack in restive city

Dec 26, 2016 - 10:21 PM

One of the two suicide bombers blew herself up injuring several people while the other was arrested by vigilant soldiers

No way home for victims of Boko Haram

Dec 14, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Many reclaimed towns are charred looted ruins still vulnerable to Boko Haram attacks so people live in the guarded camps cut off from any means of supporting themselves and dependent on external aid

BOKO HARAM WAS HERE. An aerial view taken on December 8, 2016 shows Bama, northeast Nigeria, where reconstruction is underway after the town was liberated from Boko Haram. Stefan Heunis/AFP

Nigeria rescues one Chibok schoolgirl near Cameroon border – army

Nov 05, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The government says it was hoping to secure the release of 83 other girls believed to be from Chibok being held by a different factions of Boko Haram

Boko Haram frees 21 Chibok girls, raising hope for others

Oct 13, 2016 - 7:32 PM

3rd UPDATE The Nigerian government denies that the girls were exchanged for Boko Haram prisoners saying this is not a swap

One of the 21 freed Chibok girls cries while holding her baby as Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo looks on at his office in Abuja on October 13, 2016.  Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday. Local sources said their release was part of a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government, but the authorities denied doing a deal with Boko Haram.  / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA

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

UN humanitarian convoy in Nigeria ambushed by Boko Haram

Jul 29, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The convoy was travelling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State Nigeria returning from delivering desperately needed assistance when it was ambushed UNICEF says

UN delivers food to starving displaced by Boko Haram

Jul 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

It is the first aid delivery to the thousands of internally displaced in the northeast region in the last 4 months following deadly Boko Haram raids

South Sudan violence tops African Union summit agenda

Jul 17, 2016 - 10:14 AM

South Sudan is just one of the crises shaking the continent that African leaders will address during the summit

Politicians attend a meeting of the African Union's (AU) economic development program New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) on July 16, 2016 at the Kigali Convention Center during the 27th AU Summit. Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

Boko Haram kill 24 in northeastern Nigeria – community leader

Jun 18, 2016 - 12:50 AM

The attack occurs at about 8:00 pm 1900 GMT in Kuda village near the town of Gulak in Adamawa state

2,000 Chad troops head to Niger after Boko Haram attack

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:11 PM

The heavily armed soldiers from Chad will search everywhere for Boko Haram

50,000 flee Boko Haram attacks in Niger – UN

Jun 07, 2016 - 9:43 PM

The attacks against a military post in Bosso in Niger s Diffa region kill 26 soldiers including two from neighboring Nigeria

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

Rescued Chibok schoolgirl to meet Nigeria's Buhari – governor

May 19, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The teenager is reported as telling family and community leaders most of the abducted girls still being held were in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno but that six had died

AMINA ALI. A handout picture made available by the Nigerian Military on May 19, 2016 shows Amina Ali Nkeki (R), one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls, receiving medical attention before meeting the Borno State Governor Kashim Shetima (2-R) at Government house, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, May 18, 2016. Photo by Nigerian Military/EPA

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Chibok girl found, first since abduction by Boko Haram

May 18, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Amina Ali is discovered on Tuesday May 17 in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno state by civilian vigilantes assisting the military

More help needed to defeat Boko Haram, rebuild, summit told

May 15, 2016 - 8:29 AM

The final communique in the 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja says a global approach is required comprising hard and soft power to end the threat

COUNTERING EXTREMISM. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja on May 14, 2016. Photo by Stephanie De Sakutin/ Pool/ AFP

Nigeria hosts international summit on Boko Haram

May 14, 2016 - 6:58 PM

The summit comes as Nigeria s military pushes deep into Boko Haram s Sambisa Forest stronghold after recapturing swathes of territory

INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT.  In this file photo, soldiers from 21 Brigade and Army Engineers clearing Islamic militant group Boko Haram camps at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State, Nigeria, July 30, 2015. File photo by EPA/STR