Nigerian violence

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Boko Haram Releases New Video of Chibok Girls

Demands release of fighters, says some girls have been killed in airstrikes

(Newser) - A video that appears to be from Boko Haram says some of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls have been killed in Nigerian airstrikes and shows one of the alleged victims pleading for authorities to release detained militants so the girls can be freed. The video posted Sunday on Twitter shows a... More »

Boko Haram Tries to Seize Major City

More women kidnapped as Maidiguri fighting kills hundreds

(Newser) - In fierce fighting that killed more than 200 combatants yesterday, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 125 miles to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats... More »

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 »

Girl, 13: My Dad Gave Me to Boko Haram as Suicide Bomber

But when told she'd have to die to get to paradise, 'I said I cannot do it'

(Newser) - A 13-year-old says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb in Kano, Nigeria's second largest city in the north. Nigeria has suffered numerous suicide bombings in recent months carried out by girls and young women. That... 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 »

Boko Haram Blamed as Nigeria Blasts Kill 118

Twin bombs hit busy market, bus station

(Newser) - Two car bombs exploded at a bustling bus terminal and market in Nigeria's central city of Jos yesterday, killing at least 118 people, wounding dozens and leaving bloodied bodies amid the flaming debris. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the twin car bombs. But they bore the... 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 »

Parents: Kidnappers Took 234 Nigerian Girls, Not 85

Significantly more than initially reported; Boko Haram suspected

(Newser) - Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 or so reported by education officials , parents told the state governor today. The higher figure came out a week after the kidnappings when the Borno state governor insisted a... More »

Extremists Destroy 1K Homes in Nigerian Attack

Governor admits attackers are 'better armed and motivated' than military

(Newser) - Hundreds of Islamic extremists posing as soldiers attacked a northeast Nigerian town for hours, killing 39 people and razing a mosque and more than 1,000 homes, survivors said. In the ruins of the burned-out mosque, bodies covered in cloth lay ready for burial today, including three small shrouds covering... More »

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills 50 Students Asleep in Dorms

Nigeria says gunmen stormed college dorm early today

(Newser) - Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms in an ongoing Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria, the school's provost said. Molima Idi Mato, provost of the Yobe State College of Agriculture told the... More »

185 Dead as Nigerian Army, Boko Haram Clash

Many civilians believed to be among the dead

(Newser) - Fighting between Nigeria's military and Islamic extremists killed at least 185 people in a fishing community in the nation's northeast during an attack that saw insurgents fire rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers spray machine-gun fire into neighborhoods filled with civilians. The fighting in Baga began Friday and lasted for... 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 »

Gunmen Kidnap 7 Foreigners in Nigeria

Overnight attack blamed on Boko Haram

(Newser) - Gunmen attacked a camp for a construction company in rural northern Nigeria, killing a guard and kidnapping seven foreign workers from Britain, Greece, Italy, and Lebanon, authorities said today, in the biggest kidnapping yet in a region under attack by Islamic extremists Boko Haram. The overnight attack happened in Jama'... More »

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