Boko Haram

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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 »

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 »

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