Tag: Nigeria

1 Boko Haram Kidnapped Nigerian Girl Found [VIDEO]

The first of the missing Chibok girls was found and reunited with her family in Nigeria, activists say. About 218 girls remain missing two years after their disappearance. They were believed to be abducted by Boko Haram militants. Amina Ali Nkeki, now 19, was found near the Cameroon border in a forest on Tuesday, and…

Nigeria Market Blast Kills 32, Wounds 80 [VIDEO]

An explosion at a market in the Ne. Nigerian city of Yola on Tuesday killed 32 people and injured 80 others, according to local police and witnesses. No one claimed responsibility, but officials suspected Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group that has killed thousands across the country. Yola has twice been hit by deadly blasts…

81 Killed In Suicide Attack At Mosque In Nigeria’s Kano [VIDEO]

A mosque in Kano, Nigeria, was attacked by suicide bombers and gunmen, who killed at least 81 people and injured over 100 others just as Friday prayers were about to commence. No group has claimed responsibility, but the coordinated attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram militants. The mosque adjacent to the palace of the…

Al-Shabab Kills 36 Non-Muslims in Kenya [VIDEO]

Al-Shabab forces killed at least 36 non-Muslim people at a Kenyan quarry in an attack early Tuesday morning. The Somali Muslim extremist group specifically filtered out non-Muslims from the workers at the quarry in the northern Kenyan city of Mandera and shot them dead. Witnesses said some victims were ambushed in the tents they were…

Teenage Girls Bombers Kill 40 in Nigeria [VIDEO]

Two teenage girls wearing suicide belts blew themselves up in a market in northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 40 people, authorities said. It was the latest in a string of horrific attacks in Nigeria for which Islamist militants are blamed, and there has been little response from the Nigerian military. The latest attack…

48 Dead in Nigerian School Bombing

A bomb exploded Monday during assembly at a comprehensive secondary school in Potiskum, in Nigeria’s Yobe State, the Leadership news site reported. The Associated Press said the death toll had risen to at least 48 with some 119 injured. The governor of Yobe state said he would demand a full investigation. Potiskum residents have been…

Boko Haram Accused of Kidnapping 100 Men

Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group that made headlines in April when it abducted more than 300 young girls, has apparently turned its attention to males. In an attack on the town of Doron Baga in Nigeria on Sunday, 10 people were killed and about 100 men and boys kidnapped, according to a member of…

US flights spot large groups of girls in Nigeria

Large groups of girls have been spotted by recent US surveillance flights in remote locations of northeastern Nigeria, US and Nigerian officials say. This new intelligence raises hopes that not all of the 219 kidnapped schoolgirls have been forced into marriage or sex slavery. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ruled out a rescue operation, saying…

More Than 60 Women, Girls Escape Islamist Abductors In Nigeria

More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources said Sunday. Local vigilante Abbas Gava said he had “received an alert from my colleagues … that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home”. A high-level security source…

World Cup viewing center attacked in 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 of Yobe state. [AP]

Boko Haram Kidnaps 20 More Girls

The spotlight of the international community, along with the military presence of the world’s most powerful countries, hasn’t deterred Nigerian terror group Boko Haram. Witnesses say that last Thursday, suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 20 women from a nomadic settlement not far from Chibok, where 300 girls were kidnapped in April. In the latest abduction,…

Boko Haram Slaughters 200s in Nigeria

Witnesses say Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers slaughtered at least 200 civilians in three communities in northeastern Nigeria and that the military failed to intervene. A community leader who witnessed the killings on Monday said residents of the Gwoza local government district in Borno state had pleaded for the military to send soldiers to…

Nigeria Bans ‘Bring Back Our Girls’

A hashtag campaign faded and now a physical one is, too. On Monday, Nigerian police banned “Bring Back Our Girls” protests from the capital of Abuja, saying they have “degenerated” and are “now posing a serious security threat.” The movement, which spread quickly through social media and prompted international outrage, was sparked by the mass…

Nigerian Military: We Found the Girls

Nigeria’s defense chief had frustrating news for the families of the nearly 300 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram and have been missing for about six weeks. Air Marshal Alex Badeh said the government has now located the missing girls, but it could not take the risk of using force to rescue them. “Where…

New Boko Haram VIDEO: We’ll Exchange Nigerian Girls For Prisoners

The leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram said in a video Monday that he would free more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls in exchange for the release of militant prisoners. In a recording obtained by Agence France-Presse, Abubakar Shekau claimed the girls had been converted to Islam. Dozens of girls were shown wearing full veils and praying…

Abducted Nigerian Girl Scared To Go Back To School [VIDEO]

One of the teenagers who escaped from Islamic extremists who abducted more than 300 schoolgirls says the kidnapping was “too terrifying for words,” and she is now scared to go back to school. Sarah Lawan, a 19-year-old science student, spoke Sunday as Nigerians prayed for the safety of the 276 students still held captive. Their…

[VIDEO] Michelle Obama expresses outrage over schoolgirls’ kidnapping

First lady Michelle Obama made a rare appearance on her husband’s weekly address on Saturday to express her outrage over the recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls. “This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education — grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations…

US to send team to Nigeria in response to kidnapping

The U.S. State Department says Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has welcomed a U.S. offer to send an American team to Nigeria to support the government’s response to the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by an Islamist militant group. source: reuters

Boko Haram Admits Abducting 234 Nigeria Girls From Chibok: “I Will Sell Them”

About 230 girls are still believed to be missing, prompting widespread criticism of the Nigerian government. “I abducted your girls,” Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video obtained by the AFP news agency. Meanwhile, a woman who helped organise protests over the abduction has been detained, her fellow community leaders say. Naomi Mutah…

Nigerian president signs law banning gay marriage

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill Monday that bans gay marriage, gay rights groups and making “public show of same-sex amorous” relationships. The bill contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison. Under existing Nigerian federal law, sodomy is punishable by jail, but this bill legislates for a much broader crackdown on homosexuals…

Pirates seize 2 Americans off coast of Nigeria

US Navy officials confirmed Thursday that pirates have kidnapped 2 Americans off the coast of Nigeria. Pirates targeted the oil supply ship C-Retriever in the Gulf of Guinea on Wednesday before seizing the ship’s captain and chief engineer. The ship is owned by the Louisiana-based company Edison Chouest Offshore.

Celebrated Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe Dies

Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, whose 1958 novel “Things Fall Apart” addressed colonialism on African society, has died. Achebe’s breakthrough novel focused on the clash between Western and traditional values. It told the story of colonialism for the first time from an African perspective, and has sold more than 10 million copies and been…