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  • 82 Chibok girls free in exchange with Boko Haram

    May 7, 2017 12:13 PM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls seized three years ago by Boko Haram have been freed in exchange for detained suspects with the extremist group, Nigeria's government announced early Sunday, in the largest release negotiated yet in the battle to save nearly 300 girls whose mass abduction exposed the mounting... more »
  • Nigerian troops find kidnapped Chibok schoolgirl with baby

    November 5, 2016 11:51 AM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigeria's army says it has rescued one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamic extremists more than two years ago in a raid on a forest hideout. Spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said Saturday the schoolgirl was found with a baby boy born to an... more »
  • Witnesses: Bomb blasts kill 8 in northeastern Nigerian city

    October 29, 2016 1:17 PM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Witnesses say twin explosions from suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers have killed at least eight people in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri. The first blast outside a refugee camp came around 7 a.m. Witness Inuwe Sula says he saw six bodies evacuated near Bakassi refugee camp and... more »
  • Nigerian army rescues 293 females from Boko Haram

    April 28, 2015 4:55 PM

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram in the northeastern Sambisa Forest but they do not include any of the schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago from Chibok. The army announced the rescue on Twitter Tuesday and said it is now... more »
  • Boko Haram leader claims Baga massacre

    January 21, 2015 2:07 AM

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the mass killings in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and has threatened more violence. The acknowledgment from the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremists comes in a video posted on YouTube Tuesday, the same day International Criminal... more »
  • Boko Haram said to kill about 45 people in Nigeria

    November 20, 2014 4:36 PM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - The leader of a vigilante fighter group in Nigeria says Boko Haram militants have killed about 45 people in an attack on a village. Muhammed Gava of the Nigeria Vigilante Group said the assault occurred Wednesday in Azaya Kura village in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state. He told... more »
  • Militants seize hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls

    November 14, 2014 10:04 AM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Islamic extremists in Nigeria have seized Chibok, forcing thousands of people to flee the town where insurgents kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April, a local official said Friday. The Boko Haram insurgents entered the town Thursday, shooting from pickup trucks and motorcycles, Bana Lawan, chairman of the... more »
  • Montana AG's photo used in online dating scam

    November 13, 2014 12:17 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - A Nigerian resident faces charges that he set up an online dating profile using a photo of Montana's attorney general and falsified stories about overseas business problems to scam several women. Felony charges against Kazeem Owonla were filed in Indiana, where one woman reported sending more than $100,000... more »
  • Doctors: Rehydration key in ridding Nigeria of Ebola

    October 20, 2014 4:30 PM

    ABUJA, Nigeria - Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria are crediting heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives. The World Health Organization today declared Nigeria to be free of Ebola -- a rare victory against the disease that is ravaging West Africa. The disease had come to Nigeria's biggest... more »
  • Abducted females escape extremists in Nigeria

    July 7, 2014 4:57 AM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Officials say 63 girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists two weeks ago have escaped. Nigerian security forces and federal government officials had denied reports of another mass abduction from three villages in the northeast on June 22. Small-scale kidnappings by Boko Haram extremists had been going... more »
  • More women and boys abducted in Nigeria

    June 24, 2014 4:01 AM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Witnesses say Islamic extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria. Security forces denied the kidnappings. Nigeria's government and military have been widely criticized for their slow response to the abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped... more »
  • Car bomb kills at least 14 at illegal World Cup viewing site

    June 18, 2014 9:10 AM

    DAMATURU, Nigeria - Police in Nigeria say the explosion that killed at least 14 people at an illegal World Cup viewing site was the result of a car bomb. More than two dozen other people were injured in the blast as soccer fans were watching the Brazil-Mexico match. Police say... more »
  • Explosion rocks World Cup viewing venue in Nigeria

    June 17, 2014 6:18 PM

    DAMATURU, Nigeria - Witnesses say a suicide bomber in tricycle taxi triggered an explosion that blasted a World Cup viewing center in northeast Nigeria, killing several people. Hospital workers say the death toll likely will rise with 15 people critically wounded and casualties still coming in at Damaturu, state capital... more »
  • Impasse in rescue of girls abducted by extremists

    May 27, 2014 6:15 AM

    ABUJA, Nigeria - There is apparent disagreement between Nigeria's military chiefs and its president over how to rescue nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists, with the military saying use of force could get the hostages killed and the president ruling out demands for a prisoner exchange. Defense chief Air... more »
  • 80 US Air Force personnel on ground in Chad

    May 22, 2014 10:24 AM

    NAIROBI, Kenya - A U.S. military spokesman says that the 80 personnel deployed to Chad to help find nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian school girls are from the Air Force and have already begun their mission. Chuck Prichard, a spokesman at the U.S. military's Africa command in Germany, said Thursday that... more »
  • Obama: 80 US troops in Chad seeking abducted girls

    May 21, 2014 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help locate more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria. Obama has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and to the Senate notifying lawmakers about the steps underway to assist in the return... more »
  • Nigerian leader visiting town of abducted girls

    May 16, 2014 3:22 AM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - A community leader of the town from which Islamic extremists abducted more than 300 schoolgirls a month ago say an expected visit from Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is "better late than never." Chibok residents have expressed anger at the failure to rescue the girls whom the militants... more »
  • US military drones being used over Nigeria

    May 14, 2014 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says the U.S. is using surveillance drones to aid in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian girls, and almost 300 Marines have been moved to a naval air station in Sicily in response to the growing unrest in Africa. A senior U.S. official says at least... more »
  • Extremist video shows abducted girls praying

    May 12, 2014 8:40 AM

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen until the government frees his detained fighters. A new video from Nigeria's homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network purports to show some of the girls and young women, covered in hijab and reciting prayers in... more »
  • Pentagon: No military ops planned yet for Nigeria

    May 7, 2014 11:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is sending fewer than 10 military troops to Nigeria as part of the U.S. effort to help find nearly 300 girls kidnapped by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. A Pentagon spokesman says officials have no plans now to launch any military operations. Pentagon spokesman Col.... more »
  • 2 kidnapped Nigerian girls reported dead

    May 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Three weeks after Islamic militants kidnapped more than 300 girls from a school dormitory in Nigeria, 276 remain missing. An intermediary who is in communication with their captors says at least two of the girls have died of snakebite and about 20 are ill. The extremist group... more »
  • Nigerian extremist threatens to sell kidnapped girls

    May 5, 2014 12:48 PM

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader is threatening to sell hundreds of teenage schoolgirls abducted from a school in the remote northeast of the country three weeks ago. Abubakar Shekau for the first time also claimed responsibility for the April 15 mass abduction, in a video received by The... more »
  • Police: 39 killed in Nigerian ethnic clash

    May 4, 2013 4:50 PM

    YOLA, Nigeria - Police say at least 39 people have been killed in ethnic violence in a rural town in Nigeria. The attack happened Friday in Wukari, a town in Nigeria's Taraba state. A state health official and residents said Saturday that others were also injured in the violence that... more »

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