Boko Haram

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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 »

Images Show Boko Haram's 'Deadliest Attack Ever'

Amnesty International releases satellite images of Baga, Doron Baga

(Newser) - New satellite images reveal the extent of Boko Haram's "largest and most destructive" assault yet in Nigeria, where hundreds have been murdered over the past two weeks. Two satellite images from Jan. 2 and Jan. 7, released by Amnesty International , show "devastation of catastrophic proportions" in the... 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 »

2K Feared Dead in Nigeria Attacks

Extremist group Boko Haram said to assault 16 towns

(Newser) - Islamic militants in Nigeria have murdered at least a few hundred people—or perhaps more than 2,000—in attacks that began last weekend and continued again Wednesday, CNN reports. The extremist group Boko Haram began the assaults by storming into several villages, including Baga along the Chad border, in... More »

Now Boko Haram Has Kidnapped 40 Boys

Boko Haram attacks military base, kills scores of soldiers

(Newser) - Boko Haram extremists have kidnapped about 40 boys and young men and killed scores of soldiers in a bold attack on a multinational military base in northeast Nigeria, according to fleeing residents and an intelligence officer. The militants came to the remote village of Malari yesterday and urged people to... 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 »

Nigeria Sentences 54 'Cowardly' Soldiers to Death

They were accused of refusing to fight Boko Haram

(Newser) - Nigeria sentenced 54 soldiers to death yesterday for mutiny, assault, cowardice, and refusing to fight Islamic extremists. The court-martial charges were connected to the soldiers' refusal to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Boko Haram militants in August, according to the charge sheet. The lawyer for the condemned men... More »

More Than 102 Killed in Nigeria Mosque Blasts

Health workers call for blood donations after 150 injured

(Newser) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed to track down the perpetrators of bomb blasts that killed more than 100 people at the central mosque in the city of Kano yesterday. Jonathan said his government will "continue to take every step to put an end to the reprehensible acts of all... More »

Boko Haram: All Kidnapped Girls Are Married Off

Abubakar Shekau appears to dash any hopes of their freedom

(Newser) - The leader of Boko Haram says in a new video that the 200 girls his group kidnapped will never go home: All have been converted to Islam and married off, declares Abubakar Shekau with a laugh. "If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead... More »

Boko Haram Kidnaps 25 More Girls

And there's no sign that original abducted girls will go free

(Newser) - Skeptics took a we'll-believe-it-when-we-see-it approach to the news that Boko Haram had struck a deal to release the 200 or so abducted girls in its custody. A week later, those skeptics are looking like the smart ones. Not only have no girls been set free, but Reuters reports that... More »

Nigeria: We've Got Deal to Free Kidnapped Girls

No one's sure yet whether alleged ceasefire includes prisoner swap

(Newser) - A rep for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says the country has reached a ceasefire deal with extremist group Boko Haram that secures the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in April, CNN reports. "[Boko Haram negotiators] assured that the schoolgirls and all other people in their captivity are... More »

One of Nigeria's Missing Girls Is Found

'Traumatized' young woman either escaped or was released

(Newser) - Though talks are underway with Boko Haram militants to secure the release of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, one may have escaped on her own. A woman, identified as one of those kidnapped by the al-Qaeda-linked group in April, was found "heavily traumatized and not very stable" Wednesday,... More »

Prisoner Swap for Kidnapped Girls? Militants in Talks

Boko Haram seeks return of 30 commanders: CNN

(Newser) - Boko Haram militants have been meeting with officials to discuss the possible release of some 200 girls kidnapped in April, CNN reports. Talks between two top Boko Haram figures and officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Nigeria's government hinge on the possibility of a prisoner... More »

US Planes May Have Seen Missing Nigerian Girls

It suggests they might be freed in some kind of exchange

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has a report raising hopes about the 200 or so Nigerian girls still missing after being kidnapped by Boko Haram . US surveillance planes have on at least two occasions spotted sizable groups of girls in remote locales in northeastern Nigeria. The girls had been moved by... More »

Nigeria's New Casualties: Parents of Kidnapped Girls

11 dead as attacks, trauma-related illnesses take their toll

(Newser) - Whether Nigeria's 219 kidnapped schoolgirls will ever come home to Chibok is an open question, but some of them will definitely never see their parents again. Seven fathers were killed this month in an attack on a nearby village, the AP reports, and heart failure, high blood pressure, and... 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 »

Singer: I'll Give Up Virginity for Kidnapped Girls

Nigerian pop star Adokiye makes unusual Adokiye

(Newser) - It might be a crass grab for publicity or a defiant taunt to Boko Haram, or maybe something in between: A Nigerian pop star says she will give up her virginity to the militants if they release the girls they kidnapped , reports Global Post . The 23-year-old Adokiye tells Nigeria's... More »

Bomb in Nigeria Hits World Cup Fans

They were gathered watching soccer

(Newser) - Boko Haram appears to have taken aim at World Cup soccer fans in Nigeria. A suicide bomber triggered a blast at an open-air viewing center in the northeast city of Damaturu, reports AFP . The AP has the death toll in the immediate aftermath at "several people," but it'... More »

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