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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 »

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 »

3 North Korean Doctors Killed in Nigeria Attack

1 was beheaded; Boko Haram eyed in latest assault on medics

(Newser) - Assailants in northeastern Nigeria killed three North Korean doctors, beheading one of them, in the latest attack on health workers in a nation under assault by Boko Haram, officials said today. The deaths last night of the doctors in Potiskum comes after gunmen killed at least nine women administering polio... More »

Polio Vaccinators Murdered in Nigeria

Attacks said to be work of Islamic militant group Boko Haram

(Newser) - Two shootings in northern Nigeria have left nine female polio vaccinators dead, in what is thought to be the latest violence by militant Islamic group Boko Haram, reports the BBC . Both attacks were carried out by gunmen riding on a motor tricycle, though it is not clear yet if the... More »

Nigerian State Playing Matchmaker for Thousands

Seeks to remedy apparently soaring divorce rate

(Newser) - Nigeria's Kano state is worried: The number of divorces appears to be skyrocketing. And a divorced woman there faces a raft of problems—she may be shunned, in some cases forced to beg or prostitute herself to support her family. So the state government is taking the matter into... More »

Nigeria Sues Pfizer Over Deadly Tests

$7B suit claims drug giant carried out disastrous trials on children

(Newser) - Nigeria is suing pharma giant Pfizer for $7 billion, claiming the company carried out improper trials on children. 200 children in the state of Kano died, and others developed deformities, after Pfizer tested Trovan, an experimental antibiotic, during a 1996 meningitis outbreak. Nigeria claims the tests were unauthorized, but Pfizer... More »

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