Articles tagged 'boko haram'

Boko Haram fighters who abducted Chibok girls captured 19 July 2018 NIGERIA - Nigerian police have arrested eight members of the armed group Boko Haram who were involved in the 2014 abduction of more than 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, an official said. The men "confessed to having participated actively in the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls," p...
Nigeria Boko Haram: Search stepped up for 110 kidnapped schoolgirls 26 February 2018 NIGERIA - Nigeria has deployed extra troops and planes to search for 110 schoolgirls believed to have been abducted by Boko Haram militants last week. The girls went missing after jihadists stormed their school in the town of Dapchi in the north-eastern Yobe state on 19 February. President ...
Nigeria 'lost $15bn in fake arms deals' 3 May 2016 LAGOS - About $15bn (£10bn) was stolen from the fight against militant Islamists in Nigeria under the previous government, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said. The money was diverted through fraudulent arms contracts, he added. Several allies of ex-President Goodluck have been put on tria...
Nigeria's Boko Haram 'forces one million out of school' 22 December 2015 LAGOS - An Islamist-led insurgency has kept more than one million children out of school in four West African states, the UN children's agency has said. More than 2,000 schools were shut, while hundreds had been attacked, looted or set ablaze, Unicef said. Boko Haram's six-year insurgency h...
Dozens die in Nigeria mosque blasts 16 October 2015 LAGOS - At least 39 people have died after multiple explosions in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, an emergency official says. Three female suicide bombers, thought to be aged between 11 and 15, struck on Friday morning, an official with the National Emergency Management Agency told BBC Hausa. ...
Nigeria rescues 178 captives from Boko Haram 5 August 2015 LAGOS - Nigerian forces have freed 178 captives held by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram during military operations in the country's violence-plagued northeast, an army spokesman said Monday. Those rescued in the operations near the town of Bama include 101 children, 67 women and 10 men,...
Boko Haram 'kill 70' in Cameroon 5 February 2015 LAGOS - Boko Haram militants have reportedly killed at least 70 people in an attack on the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria. The Islamist militants attacked civilians in their homes and in the town's mosque, local officials said, setting many buildings on fire. The at...
Boko Haram seizes army base in Nigeria 5 January 2015 LAGOS - The militant group Boko Haram has seized a town and key multinational military base in north-eastern Nigeria, officials and eyewitnesses say. A senator in Borno state said troops had abandoned the base in the town of Baga after it was attacked on Saturday. Residents of Baga, who fle...
'200 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria 19 December 2014 LAGOS - Militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200, a survivor has told the BBC. He said that suspected Boko Haram militants had seized young men, women and children from Gumsuri village. The attack happened on Sunda...
Boko Haram in 'despicable' attack 21 November 2014 LAGOS - Dozens of people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria, officials and witnesses say. Gunmen rampaged through the village of Azaya Kura in the Mafa area in Borno state, killing at least 45 people. Shettima Lawan, caretaker chairman o...
Boko Haram 'abducts more women' 23 October 2014 LAGOS - Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria's north-eastern Adamawa state have been abducted by suspected militants, residents say. The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a...
Nigeria women 'escape Boko Haram' 9 July 2014 ABUJA - More than 60 women and girls are reported to have escaped from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, security sources say. They were among 68 abducted last month near the town of Damboa in north-eastern Borno state. But some women who made it home said they feared other escapees h...
Nigeria arrests 'Boko Haram women' 6 July 2014 ABUJA - Three women have been arrested in Nigeria for recruiting female members for the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, the country's military says. The women are said to have targeted widows and young girls, promising them marriage to Boko Haram members. The militant group now has a f...
Nigeria blast hits World Cup viewers 18 June 2014 DAMATURU - At least 21 people have been killed in a bomb blast in northern Nigeria as they were watching a World Cup match, a hospital source has told the BBC. Witnesses in Damaturu, in Yobe state, say a suicide bomber in a tricycle taxi detonated explosives as people watched Brazil's match ag...
Abuja bans rallies over seized girls 3 June 2014 ABUJA - Nigerian police have banned public protests in the capital Abuja for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls seized by Islamist militants in April. Abuja police commissioner Joseph Mbu said the rallies were "now posing a serious security threat". Nigeria has seen almost daily ralli...
Boko Haram crisis: Jonathan vows 'total war' 30 May 2014 LAGOS - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to wage a "total war" against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Speaking on the the 15th anniversary of the end of military rule, he said "international terrorism" threatened Nigeria's democratic gains. Boko Haram has waged an increa...
US 'outrage' at Nigeria abductions 6 May 2014 WASHINGTON - The US says it considers the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamist militants "an outrage" and is offering help to try to rescue them. White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama was being briefed as his national security team was monitoring d...