Round-the-clock curfew in Maiduguri is relaxed as Nigerian military claims gains in battle against Boko Haram fighters.
The Nigerian army is back on the offensive. Its target: the armed group Boko Haram. And this time it is determined to defeat them. Nigerian troops have deployed fighter jets, helicopter gunships and thousands of soldiers to take back territory the group seized in northeastern Nigeria. This week, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of [...]
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three states after a series of deadly attacks by Islamist militant groups. In a pre-recorded speech on national television, Jonathan acknowledged that the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe were no longer under the control of the Nigerian government. “Already, some northern parts of Borno [...]
Is Nigeria any closer to solving its issues with Boko Haram? Since the armed group’s formation more than a decade ago, thousands of civilians have been killed in bombings and attacks. But is the government’s response to fighting domestic terrorism also part of the problem? What’s motivating the continued violence by Boko Haram?
There are conflicting reports coming out of Nigeria surrounding the death toll following a gun battle between the army and the armed group Boko Haram. A Nigerian senator says more than 200 people were killed in last week’s conflict, while the army puts the figure at just 37. There are reports that the army prevented [...]
Fighting between Nigeria’s military and Islamist extremists killed at least 185 people in a fishing community in the nation’s far northeast, officials said on Sunday. The fighting in Baga began Friday and lasted for hours, sending people fleeing into the arid scrublands surrounding the community on Lake Chad. Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers sprayed [...]
The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has rejected the idea of an amnesty. Last week Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan asked a high-level team to look into the possibility of granting the militants a pardon. The announcement was made via an audio statement believed to be from the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau. In recent years Boko [...]
A series of attacks on villages in central Nigeria has left dozens dead, leading officials to issue a public call for peace during the Easter weekend. The attacks are the result of religious tension between Muslims and Christians in the region, with Fulani Muslims targeting Christian villages in Plateau state. Plateau is the home of [...]
A terrorist attack at a bus depot in Kano, northern Nigeria’s largest city, killed at least 22 people—and as many as 60, according to some estimates—when a Volkswagen packed with explosives crashed into a crowded bus filled with passengers. Authorities said there were two other explosions in the motor park that consumed other buses, wiping [...]
Boko Haram, the Nigerian group that has been responsible for some of the more confounding terror attacks in recent memory, again shocked the world by killing three North Korean doctors in their home in northern Nigeria — slashing the throats of two of them and beheading a third. The gruesome murders in Potiskum come just days [...]