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  • Boko Haram attacks after freeing 21 Chibok girls

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (2 years ago)

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (BP) -- As many as 83 Nigerian soldiers are missing after Boko Haram attacked a military base in northeastern Nigeria and destroyed a village bordering Chibok just days after the negotiated release of 21 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the Associated Press reported. Read More

  • 48 Christians killed by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Friday, October 21, 2016 (2 years ago)

    GODOGODO, Nigeria (BP) -- Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed more than 48 Christians and injured eight others in two separate attacks in northwestern Nigeria in October and September, area leaders said. Read More

  • 21 Chibok girls freed in Boko Haram prisoner swap

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- The Nigerian government has secured the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago, a Nigerian government official announced on Twitter today (Oct. 13).

    The kidnapping saga is part of the continuing horrors in Nigeria caused by the terror group, with an estimated 25,000 people, including many Christians, killed by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria since 2009 in its attempts to establish strict Sharia law across the country. Read More

  • Malnourished children doubling amid Boko Haram

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 25, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- The number of malnourished children in and around northeastern Nigeria will more than double by the end of 2016 under Boko Haram terrorism, UNICEF said in its latest report released today (Aug. 25).

    By year's end, more than 475,000 children are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition in the Lake Chad Basin comprising parts of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, up from 175,000 at the beginning of the year, UNICEF said. About 3.8 million people of all age groups are facing severe food shortages across the area. Read More

  • Chibok girls shown in Aug. 14 Boko Haram video

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- Dozens of girls said to be among those kidnapped in 2014 from a Chibok boarding school are shown in a video Boko Haram released Aug. 14 offering the girls in exchange for the release of imprisoned terrorists.

    An armed and masked Boko Haram member speaking on the video said some of the 219 or so Chibok girls still missing after the April 14, 2014 abduction had been killed in airstrikes by the Nigerian military and 40 had been married, but he did not specify the number of girls who remained alive, the Associated Press reported. Read More

  • Censoring Islamic sermons new anti-jihad tactic

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- The governor of Boko Haram's birthplace Borno has formed a board to monitor and censor Islamic preaching in hopes of preventing the jihadists from spreading violent Islamism and recruiting fighters, Nigeria's Channels TV reported. Read More

  • Boko Haram fractured & weakened, analysis says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NORTHEAST NIGERIA (BP) -- A disputed report by the Islamic State group that it has appointed a new leader for Boko Haram in Nigeria indicates Boko Haram is fractured and weakened, BBC News said in an analysis today (Aug. 4).

    Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader since 2009, released an audio message Aug. 3 saying he is still in charge of the terrorists, hours after IS proclaimed Abu Musab al-Barnawi the new leader of Boko Haram, identified as the IS West Africa Province, BBC News said. Read More

  • Nigeria 'worst' humanitarian crisis, activists say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (BP) -- Boko Haram violence has created a multifaceted humanitarian crisis in Nigeria that the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative (21CWI) and former Congressman Frank R. Wolf describe as the "gravest" in the world.

    The assessment is based on the 21CWI June report "Nigeria: Fractured and Forgotten" taken from onsite research conducted in 10 states in northern and middle Nigeria in 2016.

    Malnutrition, the lack of educational opportunities for nearly a million children, and what the 21CWI described as perhaps the second-largest number of internally displaced persons in the world characterize the region, 21CWI wrote in its report. Read More

  • Nigeria pastor’s wife killed by Muslim mob

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Monday, June 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

    KANO, Nigeria (BP) --- Nigerian officials scrambled to calm religious tensions after Muslims in Kano state killed a Christian pastor’s wife on a baseless “blasphemy” charge, according to reports.

    Bridget Agbahime, a kitchen utensil vendor at Kano city’s Kofar Wambai Market, was killed June 2 after she asked a Muslim engaged in ritual Islamic cleansing, identified as Alhaji Dauda, to move his ritual from her shopfront. She had had similar conflicts with the suspect.

    On this occasion she politely asked him to move the ritual to a corner as she still had customers at the end of the work day, according to online reports. Dauda became upset but left after a crowd began to gather. Read More

  • 1 Chibok girl found alive in Nigerian forest

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- One of the 219 missing Chibok schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped has been found alive in Nigeria's remote Sambisa Forest, the French press agency AFP reported May 18.

    The schoolgirl, now 19, was found May 17 at night by civilians assisting the military and was reunited with family members before being transported to a military base in Damboa, the AFP quoted a Chibok community leader. Read More