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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 »

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 »

Emotional Day: Chibok Girls Reunite With Families

Nigeria trying to negotiate return of others—but 100-plus don't seem to want to leave

(Newser) - Twenty-one Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria were released last week, and on Sunday, they had what they've been wishing for for more than two years: reunions with their families. It was an emotional scene at a welcome-home ceremony in Nigeria's capital,... More »

Boko Haram Isn't the Biggest Killer in Nigeria

It's famine, and the Washington Post calls it a major humanitarian disaster

(Newser) - After years of battling the extremist group Boko Haram, the government of Nigeria is starting to claw back some hard-fought territory in the country's northeast. What they're finding in the aftermath of the group's defeat, the Washington Post reports, is famine, disease, and displacement on a scale... More »

2 Years Later, Boko Haram Frees 21 Chibok Girls

It's the largest group of the missing released to date

(Newser) - Nigerian officials say 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists more than two years ago have been freed. Presidential spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu tweeted Thursday that the girls are in the custody of Nigeria's Department of State Services, reports the AP . He said the release is a result... More »

For 4th Time, Nigerian Military Claims It Killed Boko Haram Leader

Claims have not been independently verified

(Newser) - For the fourth time, Nigeria's military says Abubakar Shekau, the leader of militant group Boko Haram, has been killed. On all three prior occasions, Shekau (or at least, someone claiming to be him) has afterward shown up again in new videos. The Wall Street Journal notes that the most... More »

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 »

Army: 2nd Schoolgirl Rescued From Boko Haram

'Husband' of first escapee is being interrogated

(Newser) - The families of hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago have been given fresh hope by what the Nigerian military says is another rescue. A military spokesman says that "Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted schoolgirls," was among... More »

One of 219 Girls Snatched by Boko Haram Found

She was reportedly held captive for 2 years

(Newser) - One of the 219 missing girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria, and held for two years has been found, multiple sources are reporting. The woman's uncle tells the AP 19-year-old Amina Ali Nkeki was found by Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday. The BBC cites activists claiming the woman... More »

2 Years After Chibok Girls Taken, a 'Proof of Life' Video

But government skeptical it was shot recently

(Newser) - Thursday marks an awful anniversary for families of the nearly 300 girls kidnapped from their school in Nigeria: It's been exactly two years since Boko Haram staged the mass abduction in Chibok. Now, a video has emerged that appears to show some of the girls, a "proof of... More »

Boko Haram Used 44 Kids as Suicide Bombers Last Year

They're brainwashed, sexually abused, and threatened

(Newser) - Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group terrorizing Nigeria and surrounding countries, is drastically increasing its use of children as suicide bombers, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday. The Los Angeles Times reports Boko Haram used four children as suicide bombers in 2014. Last year, they used 44—33 of... More »

Young Suicide Bomber Sees Her Siblings, Surrenders

But 2 other females blow themselves up in Nigerian camp, killing dozens

(Newser) - Two young women welcomed into a Nigerian shelter for people fleeing Boko Haram turned on their newfound campmates on Tuesday, the New York Times reports, blowing themselves up and killing at least 58 people ( Reuters puts the number at more than 60, while Al Jazeera notes it's upward... More »

Its Grip Weakening, Boko Haram Unleashes New Wave of Horror

There have been 3 attacks in a week; dozens killed Saturday

(Newser) - Boko Haram stormed homes in northeastern Nigeria on Saturday night, killing dozens of people that included sleeping children, the latest in a recent spate of horrific attacks by the Islamic extremist group. The killings happened near Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno Province, the New York Times reports, noting... More »

Triple Suicide Bombings Kill at Least 27 in Chad

Boko Haram is believed to be behind the attack on Lake Chad

(Newser) - A Chad security official says a triple suicide bombing at a market on an island in Lake Chad has killed at least 27 people and injured 90 others in the African country. Paul Manka, Chad police spokesperson, said three females carried out Saturday's attack on Koulfoua Island. Gen. Banyaman... More »

ISIS Isn't the World's Deadliest Terrorist Group

Boko Haram killed more last year

(Newser) - The Islamic State might be the world's most notorious terrorist organization at the moment, but a new study reveals it is not the deadliest. According to the 2015 Global Terrorism Index , that grisly title belongs to Boko Haram , which was responsible for 6,644 deaths in Africa in 2014,... More »

Refugees Targeted in Deadly Suicide Bombings

Boko Haram is believed behind attacks that killed at least 36

(Newser) - At least five suicide bombers on Saturday targeted a village in Chad that is home to thousands of Nigerians who have fled Islamic extremist violence, killing at least 36 people and wounding about 50 others in what appeared to be coordinated attacks, officials say. Authorities blamed Boko Haram from neighboring... More »

Child Suicide Bombers Kill 15 in Nigeria

Boko Haram is believed to be behind the attacks

(Newser) - Five children perpetrated the suicide bombings that killed 15 people, including themselves, and injured at least 35 others Thursday in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the BBC reports. Witnesses say the child suicide bombers—four girls and one boy—were between the ages of 9 and 15. Three of the... More »

Boko Haram Slaughters Praying Victims

Massacre of nearly 100 took place in in Nigerian mosques

(Newser) - Boko Haram, newly affiliated with the Islamic State, has unleashed a series of gruesome terror attacks in Nigeria this week. In the latest, gunmen burst into mosques and homes in the town of Kukawa yesterday and killed 97 people who were praying or otherwise marking the holy month of Ramadan,... More »

Boko Haram Survivors: They 'Started Stoning Us'

Women were followed to the bathroom, not allowed 'to move an inch'

(Newser) - Almost 700 women and children are finally free from Boko Haram militants after Nigerian army rescue operations last week, and their stories are beginning to emerge. Survivors describe men and older boys being murdered while families watched, Reuters reports. Then women and other children were taken into the forest. "... More »

160 More Women, Girls Rescued From Boko Haram

Some are severely traumatized, indoctrinated

(Newser) - Another estimated 100 children and 60 women were rescued from Boko Haram yesterday, just a day after another rescue operation freed nearly 300 . Nigerian troops ran the rescue operation in Sambisa Forest, during which one of the hostages and one soldier were killed, CNN reports. Troops are now working to... More »

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