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Boko Haram Gives Kidnapped Girls Back, With a Warning

'Don't ever put your daughters in school again'

(Newser) - With an ominous warning, Boko Haram extremists on Wednesday returned most of the 110 girls abducted from their Nigeria boarding school a month ago. The fighters rolled into Dapchi around 2am in nine vehicles and left the girls in the center of town. As terrified residents emerged from their homes,... More »

Boko Haram Took More Than 100 Girls: 'We Are in Deep Pain'

Locals in Dapchi, Nigeria, are growing angry at government for murky details on recent abductions

(Newser) - Emotion is turning from shock and anguish to frustration and anger in the Nigerian town of Dapchi, where Boko Haram arrived last week and abducted more than 100 schoolgirls , an attack reminiscent of the mass kidnapping in 2014 of 276 girls from Chibok. "We are in great pain,"... More »

The Girls Are Made Beautiful, With a 'Deadly Consequence'

A look at Boko Haram's use of female suicide bombers

(Newser) - The Chibok girls were infamously taken by Boko Haram in 2014. That was the same year the group used a female suicide bomber for the first time. Writing for the BBC , Vladimir Hernandez and Stephanie Hegarty look at the group's practice of using suicide bombers—noting the militants far... More »

After Fierce Gun Battle, 2 Americans Taken in Nigeria

2 Canadians were also kidnapped

(Newser) - Gunmen ambushed two Americans and two Canadians traveling through Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, kidnapping them and killing two policemen, a state police spokesman says. The foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday night when they were ambushed around Kagarko, Kaduna state... More »

Teen Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Mosque

At least 50 dead in Nigeria attack

(Newser) - A teenage suicide bomber detonated his explosives as worshippers gathered for morning prayers at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people in one of the region's deadliest attacks in years, police say. Police spokesman Othman Abubakar tells the AP they are "still trying... More »

African Bobsled Team Makes History in 2 Ways

They'll be Nigeria's first Winter Olympics entrants

(Newser) - An amazing achievement by the Nigerian women's bobsled team had more than one person speculating about Cool Runnings 2 this week. The team—driver Seun Adigun and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga—qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics after completing their final qualifying races in Calgary, ESPN reports.... More »

Kidnapped Chibok Girl Refused Release: Spokesperson

'I am happy where I am. I have a husband'

(Newser) - One of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 and who had the opportunity to be released on Saturday chose to stay with her husband, the spokesperson for Nigeria's president said Tuesday. Garba Shehu said officials originally had been negotiating for the release of 83 girls, but... More »

After 3 Years, 82 Chibok Girls Head Home

Boko Haram releases dozens after negotiations with Nigeria

(Newser) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is set to meet Sunday with 82 Chibok schoolgirls freed this weekend after being kidnapped three years ago by Boko Haram extremists, while the International Committee of the Red Cross released an image of the girls boarding a helicopter to safety. The girls have landed... More »

Found in Vacant Nigerian Apartment: $43M

And then everyone makes the same Nigerian prince joke

(Newser) - Apparently not a Nigerian scam: the $43 million discovered in an empty apartment in Lagos. CTV News cites a Facebook post last week from the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which revealed the "humongous find" after a whistleblower clued the authorities in that morning on the suspicious... More »

Why This Airport Has to Fix Its Goats and Bandits Problem

Nigeria's Kaduna airport will temporarily accept all of Abuja airport's flights

(Newser) - Next time you feel like ranting about LaGuardia or LAX, take a moment to give thanks you're not flying into Nigeria over the next few weeks (unless you are, in which case … sorry). Starting March 8, the airport in Kaduna will be servicing all travelers who previously flew... More »

Nearly 1.4M Children Face 'Imminent Death': UN

Famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen endangers children

(Newser) - The UN children's agency is warning that almost 1.4 million children are at "imminent risk of death" as famine threatens parts of South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen, the AP reports. The UNICEF announcement comes a day after famine was declared in parts of Unity state in... More »

Alleged OITNB Drug Kingpin Loses US Court Case—Again

Buruji Kashamu is upset US agents helped Nigerian agents try to arrest him

(Newser) - An alleged drug kingpin—and current Nigerian senator—who played a major part in the real-life story behind Orange Is the New Black still can't sue the US government, Courthouse News reports. Buruji Kashamu's claim against the US government was dismissed in court for a third time Monday.... More »

Accidental Air Force Attack Kills 100 in Nigeria Refugee Camp

Jet was on a mission against Boko Haram, bombs refugee camp instead

(Newser) - A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said. The state government official, who was helping to coordinate the evacuation of wounded from the remote area... More »

Chibok Girl Kidnapped by Boko Haram Found

Nearly 200 girls and women are still missing in Nigeria

(Newser) - The Nigerian army and Bring Back Our Girls say another missing Chibok girl has been found, CNN reports. According to the AP , the girl—identified as Rakiya Abubakar—and her 6-month-old baby were found while the army interrogated some of the thousands of suspected Boko Haram terrorists arrested in recent... More »

Sisters Allegedly Try Internet Scam on Nigerian Billionaire

And yes we recognize the irony

(Newser) - Someone alert Alanis Morissette because a Nigerian billionaire is apparently on the receiving end of an alleged internet scam. The Toronto Star reports the ironic situation is unfolding around two sisters from Toronto—Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo—recently arrested in Lagos, Nigeria. The sisters Matharoo were "fixtures in the... More »

Nigeria: Boko Haram Has Been Crushed

Extremists 'forced out of last enclave'

(Newser) - The Boko Haram extremist group has finally been crushed—driven from its last forest enclave with fighters on the run and no place to hide, Nigeria's president declared Saturday. Despite President Muhammadu Buhari's victorious announcement, Nigeria is unlikely to see an end soon to the deadly suicide bombings,... More »

Conjoined Twins From Nigeria Separated at Tenn. Hospital

The surgery lasted 18 hours

(Newser) - Conjoined twin girls from Nigeria have been separated after a lengthy operation at a Tennessee hospital, days ahead of their first birthday, the AP reports. Miracle and Testimony Ayeni were separated during 18 hours of surgery that began on Nov. 7 and finished Nov. 8 at Le Bonheur Children's... More »

Kids Under 5 in Nigeria Have 'Just Vanished'

Starvation, disease are killing thousands of children in Boko Haram-infested region: survey

(Newser) - Thousands of children have died of starvation and disease in Boko Haram-ravaged northeastern Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday, quoting a new survey that's forcing Nigerian officials to stop denying the crisis. The Paris-based group hopes official recognition of the calamity in which "thousands are dying" will help... More »

A 12-Lane WiFi-Enabled Highway Project Divides Nigeria

Environmental groups say the superhighway is a 'land grab'

(Newser) - An effort to reinvent Nigeria's overloaded transportation infrastructure is running into opposition from environmental groups, the Smithsonian reports. Conservation groups say a proposed 162-mile superhighway through Nigeria's southern Cross River State will have severe repercussions on more than half of the country's remaining rainforests, and the project... More »

Another Missing Chibok Girl Has Been Found With Baby

She escaped from a Boko Haram base

(Newser) - One of the 276 women and girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school by Boko Haram in 2014 was found by the Nigerian army Saturday, CNN reports. The girl, identified by Reuters as Maryam Ali Maiyanga, was carrying a 10-month-old baby, her son Ali. She was with a group of... More »

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