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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 »

Nigeria Rescues 300 Girls, Women From Boko Haram

They do not include the 200 girls taken last year in Chibok

(Newser) - Nigeria's army says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram, reports CNN . In a sign of just how widespread this kind of kidnapping is, however, those rescued do not include the approximately 200 girls taken from a school last year—the ones who drew worldwide... More »

One Year Ago, Boko Haram Took the Chibok Girls

Amnesty hopes Nigeria's new government can still find missing girls

(Newser) - A year after more than 200 girls were taken from their homes in Chibok by Boko Haram militants, 219 will lead a procession through Nigeria's capital of Abuja today in honor of those who have not yet been found. A witness tells the BBC she saw more than 50... More »

ISIS: Boko Haram Now Part of 'Caliphate'

Militants accept Nigerian group's pledge of allegiance

(Newser) - ISIS militants have accepted a pledge of allegiance from the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, an ISIS spokesman says. The development comes as both movements, which are among the most ruthless in the world, are under increasing military pressure. ISIS is now struggling against Iraqi forces seeking to recapture Saddam... More »

Kids Taken by Boko Haram Have Forgotten Own Names

Aid official who visited Cameroon orphanage says children were indoctrinated

(Newser) - It was decidedly good news when a group of about 80 children was rescued from a Boko Haram camp in northern Cameroon in November—but the repercussions of their abduction remain painfully evident. An aid official who recently visited an orphanage that's helping the kids get reacclimated to a... More »

Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to ISIS

Extremist group tweets allegiance to 'Caliph of the Muslims'

(Newser) - Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram Islamic extremists have pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State group, in a message allegedly by a Nigerian insurgent leader posted on Twitter and reported by the SITE Intelligence monitoring service. The unverified pledge posted today comes as the Nigerian militants reportedly are massing in... More »

5 Separate Suicide Attacks Kill 54, Injure 143 in Nigeria

Boko Haram is the suspected culprit

(Newser) - Five suicide bomb attacks today hit in or near the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 54 people and wounding 143. Four of the blasts occurred over four hours in locations from a busy fish market to a crowded bus station, said Police Commissioner Clement Adoda. The fifth explosion... More »

Crowd Lynches Girl Thought to Be Suicide Bomber

Nigeria teen was probably innocent, police say

(Newser) - A crowd beat to death a teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze yesterday, according to police and witnesses at a northeastern Nigerian market. A second suspect, also a teenage girl, was arrested at the market in Bauchi city. The two... More »

Nigerian Troops Retake Key Town in Bloody Clashes With Boko Haram

Soldiers dismantle 1,500 land mines: official

(Newser) - Nigerian troops retook a major border town and killed scores of Boko Haram fighters today, Nigeria's military says, although witnesses also reported the Islamic extremists killed scores in attacks on other villages. Troops seized back the garrison town of Baga, on Lake Chad and the border with Cameroon, after... More »

Nigeria Postpones Elections Amid Boko Haram Crisis

Officials say voters' safety can't be ensured on original date of Feb. 14

(Newser) - Nigeria is postponing presidential and legislative elections until March 28 because security forces fighting an Islamic extremist uprising cannot ensure voters' safety around the country, the electoral commission announced today, a week before the vote was scheduled to occur. Millions could be disenfranchised if voting originally scheduled for Feb. 14... More »

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