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More Than 150 Unaccounted for After Train Attack

Authorities say some are being held for ransom after Nigeria attack

(Newser) - At least 168 people are unaccounted for after a deadly attack on a train in northwest Nigeria, authorities say. The Nigerian Railway Corporation said Sunday that cell phones of more than 140 passengers from the Abuja-Kaduna train have been switched off or are ringing without being answered since the attack...

Hostage Negotiator Receives Call From Own Abducted Wife

'WSJ' profiles Abdullahi Tumburkai, who has assumed unwanted role of go-between

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal profiles a hostage negotiator in Nigeria named Abdullahi Tumburkai, though he doesn't hold that role in any official capacity. Instead, the 46-year-old was thrust into the job when his two brothers were kidnapped last year. In phone calls with their abductors, he managed to lower...

Japan Does a 180 on Controversial Omicron Policy

And more on what omicron means around the globe

(Newser) - Update: Just one day after announcing a recommendation that quickly became quite controversial, Japan is changing its tune. The country's transport ministry on Thursday said it was retracting its request that airlines stop taking reservations for people coming in to Japan until the new year, the AP reports. Our ...

Fans Send Millionaire Artist $448K in 48 Hours

Afrobeats artist Davido of Nigeria apparently wanted to get his luxury car out of port

(Newser) - Nigerian-American Afrobeats star Davido is a multimillionaire, notes the Guardian . But that didn't keep him from asking fans for donations this week. And they jumped at the opportunity to help "one of the biggest African stars in the world," per the BBC . The singer with 31.6...

2nd US Case of Monkeypox Emerges
2nd US Case of
Monkeypox Emerges

2nd US Case of Monkeypox Emerges

Maryland resident recently returned from Nigeria, as with the earlier case in Texas

(Newser) - Monkeypox, a rare viral illness that usually occurs in Central and Western Africa, has been identified in a second US resident since July. A Maryland resident who recently returned from Nigeria is in isolation with mild symptoms of the virus first detected in lab monkeys, the Maryland Department of Health...

Building Collapse in Upscale Lagos Area Kills at Least 3

Dozens more are missing, authorities say

(Newser) - A 21-story apartment building under construction collapsed in an upscale area of Nigeria's largest city, killing at least three people and leaving dozens more missing, officials and witnesses said on Monday. Lagos Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu confirmed the deaths, but added that three survivors had been pulled from the...

Trump Has Some Thoughts on Nigeria's Twitter Ban

Former president says more countries should do the same: 'Perhaps I should have done it'

(Newser) - Donald Trump is praising Nigeria for banning Twitter after it blocked a tweet from the country's president—which is apparently how the former president wishes things went down when social networks cracked down on him. China, North Korea, and Iran already ban social networks. But "more COUNTRIES should...

Militant Foes: Boko Haram's Leader Is Dead

Abubakar Shekau reportedly died in May 18 suicide

(Newser) - Big news out of Nigeria about Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, courtesy of the Islamic State West African Province militant group, which splintered off from Boko Haram five years ago. "God has judged him by sending him to heaven," ISWAP chief Abu Musab al-Barnawi can be heard saying...

After Nation's 'Deeply Concerning' Move, a Twitter Probe

Nigeria has suspended social media platform indefinitely after president's tweet was removed

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari saw one of his tweets removed, after he threatened to punish secessionists in the region. Two days later, the country's Federal Ministry of Information and Culture put up its own tweet, with an abrupt announcement. "The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the...

Many Countries Still Hold Tight to Looted Benin Bronzes

As Germany notably agrees to return a 'substantial' number of them to Nigeria

(Newser) - The kingdom of Benin—whose earthen walls were said to be on par with those of the Great Wall of China—stood from the 11th century until 1897. That was the year the British invaded, burned it down, and made off with the Benin Bronzes: masks, figures, and plaques made...

Militants Attack, and 1.8K Prisoners Escape

Nigeria violence blamed on rebel group that wants secession

(Newser) - Militants armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades launched a series of coordinated attacks overnight in southeastern Nigeria, targeting a prison where more than 1,800 inmates then managed to escape, authorities said Monday. The attacks began around 2am in the town of Owerri in Imo state and lasted for...

'Armed Bandits' Abduct 39 Nigerian Students

The incident comes weeks after more than 300 girls were kidnapped

(Newser) - Gunmen have kidnapped 39 students from a college in northwestern Nigeria. The Thursday attack on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna state came just weeks after a similar incident in which 317 girls were abducted from a boarding school in the country’s Zamfara state, the AP reports....

279 Kidnapped Schoolgirls Freed in Nigeria
279 Kidnapped
Schoolgirls Freed

279 Kidnapped Schoolgirls Freed

More than 300 were taken last week from boarding school

(Newser) - Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last week from a boarding school in the northwestern Zamfara state have been released, the state’s governor said Tuesday. Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle announced that 279 girls have been freed, the AP reports. Gunmen abducted the girls from the Government Girls Junior Secondary...

42 Freed After Abduction, With a President's Warning

Those released in Nigeria include 27 students seized from school in northern part of country

(Newser) - An official says 42 people, including 27 students who were abducted two weeks ago from a school in northern Nigeria, have been freed. Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary for the Niger state governor, told the AP on Saturday that those released have arrived in the state capital, Minna. "We...

317 Girls Kidnapped From Nigerian School

'We are only hoping on divine intervention'

(Newser) - Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation, per the AP . Police and the military have begun joint operations to rescue the girls after the attack at the Girls Science...

Freed Schoolboys Recount Terrifying 6-Day Ordeal

They say Nigeria kidnappers posed as soldiers

(Newser) - Some of the 344 schoolboys kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this month have spoken out about their terrifying six-day ordeal. The boys, who were taken from dormitories at the Kankara Government Science School in northwest Nigeria on Dec. 11, say they were marched into the bush by a group of around...

Extremists Release Hundreds of Kidnapped Schoolboys

Nigerian government won't say whether it paid ransom

(Newser) - More than 300 schoolboys abducted last week by armed men in northwest Nigeria have been released, a government official said Thursday. In an announcement on Nigerian state TV, Katsina State Gov. Aminu Bello Masari said the 344 boarding school students were turned over to security officials and are being brought...

Boko Haram Kidnaps More Than 300 Students

This time, boys were abducted from a school in Nigeria

(Newser) - Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadi rebels have claimed responsibility for the abduction of hundreds of students in one of the largest attacks in years on a boys school in northern Katsina state, per the AP . More than 330 students are missing from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara after...

'They Were All Dead': SEAL Team Saves US Missionary

Philip Walton is rescued from captors in Nigeria, officials say

(Newser) - The Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 rescued an American hostage Saturday in an operation that apparently killed most of his captors, ABC News reports. According to US officials, the commandos managed to free 27-year-old Philip Walton in Nigeria while killing six of his seven captors. "They were all...

'Soldiers Had One Intention: to Kill Without Consequences'

Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says

(Newser) - Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that Nigeria's security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful protesters Tuesday night, killing 12 people calling for an end to police brutality. At least 56 people have died during two weeks of widespread demonstrations against police violence, including 38 on...

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