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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...

White Supremacists Are Major Threat, Says One State

New Jersey officials issue a new terrorist-threat report

(Newser) - Who's the biggest threat in New Jersey? Not al-Qaeda or ISIS. Not anarchists or black separatists. It's white supremacists, according to a terrorist-threat report released Friday by New Jersey Homeland Security officials. "The threat from white supremacist extremists increased from moderate to high in 2020 due to...

20 Die in Stampede for Food Aid at Refugee Camp

Refugees in Niger hadn't received food previous day

(Newser) - A local official says at least 20 people died in a stampede in Niger as they were being given food and goods at a refugee camp. Diffa governor Issa Lamine says 15 women and five children were killed and 16 others were injured Monday at the camp in the southeast...

78 Students Kidnapped From School in Cameroon

'You will be going to school now here,' one of the militants tells the children

(Newser) - Anti-government militants in Cameroon just stole a page from Boko Haram . Authorities say armed men kidnapped 78 children and their principal from a Presbyterian school in the western city of Bamenda. In a video that has begun to circulate, the kidnappers refer to themselves as the "Amba boys,"...

Boko Haram Gives Kidnapped Girls Back, With a Warning

'Don't ever put your daughters in school again'

(Newser) - With an ominous warning, Boko Haram extremists on Wednesday returned most of the 110 girls abducted from their Nigeria boarding school a month ago. The fighters rolled into Dapchi around 2am in nine vehicles and left the girls in the center of town. As terrified residents emerged from their homes,...

Boko Haram Took More Than 100 Girls: 'We Are in Deep Pain'

Locals in Dapchi, Nigeria, are growing angry at government for murky details on recent abductions

(Newser) - Emotion is turning from shock and anguish to frustration and anger in the Nigerian town of Dapchi, where Boko Haram arrived last week and abducted more than 100 schoolgirls , an attack reminiscent of the mass kidnapping in 2014 of 276 girls from Chibok. "We are in great pain,"...

It Happened Again: More Than 100 Girls Abducted

Boko Haram blamed for mass kidnapping in Nigeria

(Newser) - Hopes are fading for more than 100 girls who remain missing four days after Boko Haram extremists attacked their village in northern Nigeria. New eyewitness accounts indicate that the fighters targeted the girls' school, and some students were seen being taken away at gunpoint, per the AP . The Dapchi attack...

The Girls Are Made Beautiful, With a 'Deadly Consequence'

A look at Boko Haram's use of female suicide bombers

(Newser) - The Chibok girls were infamously taken by Boko Haram in 2014. That was the same year the group used a female suicide bomber for the first time. Writing for the BBC , Vladimir Hernandez and Stephanie Hegarty look at the group's practice of using suicide bombers—noting the militants far...

Teen Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Mosque

At least 50 dead in Nigeria attack

(Newser) - A teenage suicide bomber detonated his explosives as worshippers gathered for morning prayers at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people in one of the region's deadliest attacks in years, police say. Police spokesman Othman Abubakar tells the AP they are "still trying...

Kidnapped Chibok Girl Refused Release: Spokesperson

'I am happy where I am. I have a husband'

(Newser) - One of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 and who had the opportunity to be released on Saturday chose to stay with her husband, the spokesperson for Nigeria's president said Tuesday. Garba Shehu said officials originally had been negotiating for the release of 83 girls, but...

After 3 Years, 82 Chibok Girls Head Home

Boko Haram releases dozens after negotiations with Nigeria

(Newser) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is set to meet Sunday with 82 Chibok schoolgirls freed this weekend after being kidnapped three years ago by Boko Haram extremists, while the International Committee of the Red Cross released an image of the girls boarding a helicopter to safety. The girls have landed...

Chibok Girl Kidnapped by Boko Haram Found

Nearly 200 girls and women are still missing in Nigeria

(Newser) - The Nigerian army and Bring Back Our Girls say another missing Chibok girl has been found, CNN reports. According to the AP , the girl—identified as Rakiya Abubakar—and her 6-month-old baby were found while the army interrogated some of the thousands of suspected Boko Haram terrorists arrested in recent...

Nigeria: Boko Haram Has Been Crushed

Extremists 'forced out of last enclave'

(Newser) - The Boko Haram extremist group has finally been crushed—driven from its last forest enclave with fighters on the run and no place to hide, Nigeria's president declared Saturday. Despite President Muhammadu Buhari's victorious announcement, Nigeria is unlikely to see an end soon to the deadly suicide bombings,...

Kids Under 5 in Nigeria Have 'Just Vanished'

Starvation, disease are killing thousands of children in Boko Haram-infested region: survey

(Newser) - Thousands of children have died of starvation and disease in Boko Haram-ravaged northeastern Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday, quoting a new survey that's forcing Nigerian officials to stop denying the crisis. The Paris-based group hopes official recognition of the calamity in which "thousands are dying" will help...

Another Missing Chibok Girl Has Been Found With Baby

She escaped from a Boko Haram base

(Newser) - One of the 276 women and girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school by Boko Haram in 2014 was found by the Nigerian army Saturday, CNN reports. The girl, identified by Reuters as Maryam Ali Maiyanga, was carrying a 10-month-old baby, her son Ali. She was with a group of...

Emotional Day: Chibok Girls Reunite With Families

Nigeria trying to negotiate return of others—but 100-plus don't seem to want to leave

(Newser) - Twenty-one Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria were released last week, and on Sunday, they had what they've been wishing for for more than two years: reunions with their families. It was an emotional scene at a welcome-home ceremony in Nigeria's capital,...

Boko Haram Isn't the Biggest Killer in Nigeria

It's famine, and the Washington Post calls it a major humanitarian disaster

(Newser) - After years of battling the extremist group Boko Haram, the government of Nigeria is starting to claw back some hard-fought territory in the country's northeast. What they're finding in the aftermath of the group's defeat, the Washington Post reports, is famine, disease, and displacement on a scale...

2 Years Later, Boko Haram Frees 21 Chibok Girls

It's the largest group of the missing released to date

(Newser) - Nigerian officials say 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists more than two years ago have been freed. Presidential spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu tweeted Thursday that the girls are in the custody of Nigeria's Department of State Services, reports the AP . He said the release is a result...

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