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Child Suicide Bomber Kills 20 in Nigeria

Boko Haram suspected amid continuing violence

(Newser) - A girl was stopped by authorities at the entrance to a Nigerian market before explosives she was carrying killed her and 19 others yesterday, an official tells CNN . The bombs were attached to the girl, whose age isn't clear, CNN reports; estimates have put her as young as 10... More »

Days Later, News of Boko Haram Horror Emerges

Militants reportedly strike Nigeria's northeast in latest attack

(Newser) - Boko Haram's latest raid in Nigeria has killed 32 people, and the militants have reportedly taken as many as 185 women and children hostage, CNN reports. News of the Sunday attack in Gumsuri, in the country's northeast, is coming out days later because of communication issues—the mobile... More »

63 Girls Escape Boko Haram

Nigerian military says it killed 53 rebels

(Newser) - Scores of girls and young women have managed to escape from Boko Haram militants, Nigerian authorities say—though more than 200 schoolgirls seized in April are still missing. The 63 who managed to escape were among 68 people kidnapped last month when the Islamist radicals invaded a village, slaughtering the... More »

Nigeria: We've Made Arrest in Missing Girls Case

Businessman 'actively participated' in mass kidnap

(Newser) - Nigeria's military says it has arrested a businessman who belonged to a vigilante group fighting Boko Haram but was secretly a member of the extremist group himself—and "participated actively" in the kidnap of more than 200 schoolgirls in April. The military says the businessman was part of... More »

Boko Haram Seizes Another 20 Girls

Nigerians kidnapped just miles from site of April raid

(Newser) - The Nigerian government is certain to face yet more tough questions after suspected Boko Haram militants seized another 20 girls and young women just a few miles from where they kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in April . The leader of a vigilante group set up to resist the Islamic militants says... More »

New Boko Haram Rampage May Be Worst Yet

Up to 500 men, boys killed in Nigerian village

(Newser) - Details are still unclear—not least because militants have destroyed mobile phone towers in the region—but Boko Haram may have carried out its worst atrocity yet. Officials in Nigeria say up to 500 people may have been killed when the Islamic extremists raided villages near the Cameroon border, CNN... More »

Nigeria: No Deal for Kidnapped Girls

Manned US planes join search

(Newser) - Nigerian officials say there is no way they are going to make a deal with the militants who have kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls and offered to free them in return for imprisoned militants. In a video released yesterday , Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said the girls would never be released... More »

Obama: We'll 'Do Everything We Can' to Find Nigeria Girls

US team joins hunt, will include psychologists, investigators

(Newser) - President Obama has promised that the US will "do everything we can to recover" the 276 schoolgirls seized by militants in Nigeria three weeks ago. A White House spokesman says the team the US is sending to the country will include military and law enforcement personnel skilled in intelligence,... More »

US Sending Team to Nigeria to Help Find Kidnapped Girls

State Dept. says it will 'do everything we can to free these young women'

(Newser) - Today began with one of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls telling of her escape from Boko Haram , quickly followed by the kidnapping of eight more schoolgirls in the country's northeast, and is now met with the news that the United States is sending in a response team to assist Nigeria.... More »

Nigeria: Kidnapped Girls Taken Out of Country

Some schoolgirls likely in Chad, Cameroon, officials say

(Newser) - Around 230 teenage girls kidnapped by Islamic extremists in Nigeria earlier this month are still missing and authorities say some of them have been shifted out of the country and forced to marry Boko Haram militants. "Some of them have been taken across Lake Chad and some have been... More »

Nigeria Militants Kill 7 Foreign Hostages

Islamist group kidnapped them last month

(Newser) - European leaders confirmed today that Islamic militants in Nigeria have killed seven foreign hostages, the worst such violence there in decades, the AP reports. Nigerian officials have kept quiet since the guerrilla splinter group Ansaru released a video saying it killed the workers, who were kidnapped Feb. 16 from a... More »

Polio Vaccinators Murdered in Nigeria

Attacks said to be work of Islamic militant group Boko Haram

(Newser) - Two shootings in northern Nigeria have left nine female polio vaccinators dead, in what is thought to be the latest violence by militant Islamic group Boko Haram, reports the BBC . Both attacks were carried out by gunmen riding on a motor tricycle, though it is not clear yet if the... More »

Gunmen Kill at Least 20 Students in Nigeria

Students lined up and shot, lecturer says

(Newser) - At least 20 students are dead after unknown gunmen shot up a hostel in Nigeria, a police source tells the BBC . Al-Jazeera puts the number of dead at at least 25, and a lecturer at the nearby Federal Polytechnic Mubi campus said more than 40 were killed, but that has... More »

Central Nigeria Raids Kills 37

2 police, 21 assailants among the dead as 13 villages attacked for hours

(Newser) - A series of "sophisticated attacks" near the central Nigerian town of Jos has left 37 people dead, including two police officers, reports the AP . Thirteen villages, which one advocate says were all Christian, were hit by fighting for several hours yesterday, and several homes were burned. The attack was... More »

Nigeria Church Bombings Kill 21, Spark Reprisals

Boko Haram claims responsibility

(Newser) - Religious clashes have left dozens of people dead in a state that straddles Nigeria's Muslim north and Christian south. At least 21 people were killed when militants bombed three churches in Kaduna provinces yesterday. A suicide bomber was behind one attack while another was the work of militants throwing... More »

Nigeria Attacks Leave 67 Dead

Islamist sect claims responsibility

(Newser) - An Islamist sect is claiming responsibility for bomb blasts and gun battles that claimed at least 67 lives in northern Nigeria yesterday, AFP reports. Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked churches, an army base, and police stations, leaving scenes of devastation across four towns. The town of "Damaturu is looking... More »

Nigerian Riots Leave Charred Corpses, Houses, Cars

At least 31 bodies found in Kaduna alone

(Newser) - The deadly rioting following Nigeria's presidential election has gotten worse: Mobs yesterday ran the streets of Kaduna, which separates the country's Muslim north from the Christian south, burning homes, churches, and police stations and leaving charred bodies in the streets. The AP reports that Muslim rioters started the... More »

Thousands Flee Nigeria Election Riots

Many killed as Buhari supporters torch homes, churches

(Newser) - Goodluck Jonathan's victory in Nigeria's presidential election has sparked deadly rioting across the nation's predominately Muslim north. The Nigerian Red Cross says many people have been killed and thousands more displaced by violence involving supporters of Jonathan's defeated rival Muhammadu Buhari, Reuters reports. Homes and churches... More »

Texting Incites Nigerian Violence

Ongoing interfaith violence worsens with a tech assist

(Newser) - Technology is not always a force for peace. In Nigeria, SMS text messages have been used as a tool for ethnic cleansing in an ongoing conflict between Christian farmers and Muslim nomads. Both groups have used texts not only to coordinate their violent efforts, but also to incite violence among... More »

Oil Hits Record $100 a Barrel

Disruptions in Nigeria, Mexico stoke supply concerns

(Newser) - Crude oil prices jumped $4.02 today to push past $100 a barrel for the first time as Nigerian violence, disrupted Mexican exports, and the specter of dipping US stockpiles stoked supply fears in the face of ever-rising energy demands, CNNMoney reports. The previous record was $99.29, set November... More »

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