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Nigerian military claim to destroy Boko Haram headquarters

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast…

  • AP NewsAlert 1 hour 54 minutes ago

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian military: We have destroyed Boko Haram headquarters, killing several extremists. More »

  • Post-election unrest could hamper aid efforts in Nigeria 2 hours 53 minutes ago

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Escalating violence in northeast Nigeria in recent months has uprooted hundreds of thousands and led to a "humanitarian crisis", aid agencies said on Thursday, amid fears that post-election unrest could hamper aid efforts. More than 1.2 million people have been displaced within Nigeria, while almost 200,000 have fled to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon since the Islamic militant group Boko Haram launched an uprising in 2009, according to the United Nations. Daniel Bolanos, Africa disaster management coordinator at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said thousands of people had been killed, injured and affected by violence this year. "This is a humanitarian crisis which is not just affecting Nigeria but surrounding countries as well," Bolanos said. More »

  • Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote amid electoral violence
    Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote amid electoral violence 2 hours 54 minutes ago

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan urged his nation to vote peacefully and accept the results of Saturday's presidential elections, which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. More »

  • Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign
    Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign 3 hours ago

    Campaigning has wound to a close in Nigeria's presidential elections, with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters before the crunch vote. More »

  • Nigerian government denies "fresh abduction" in Damasak town 4 hours ago

    Nigeria's government denied there had been an abduction of hundreds of people in the northeast town of Damasak after its recapture from Islamist jihadist group Boko Haram, the national information centre said on Thursday. Damasak residents said earlier this week that over 400 women and children had been rounded up and taken from the town by fleeing militants. The town was recently liberated by Chadian and Nigerien troops pressing an offensive against Boko Haram. Boko Haram abducted some 200 schoolgirls in April. More »

  • Foreign investors sold $667 mln in Nigerian stocks over two months 6 hours ago

    Nigeria faces a presidential election with front runners President Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari facing off in a contest many think is too close to call. Foreign investors also increased the pace of outflows from Africa's biggest economy as global oil prices plunged. More »

  • U.S. top diplomat for Africa to lead observation mission for Nigeria vote
    U.S. top diplomat for Africa to lead observation mission for Nigeria vote 6 hours ago

    The top U.S. diplomat for Africa will travel to Nigeria for Saturday's elections, the State Department said on Thursday, amid concerns over the possibility of violence. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, will lead a U.S. observation mission for the presidential and parliamentary elections, the department said. "This is the latest example of U.S. support for a credible, peaceful electoral process in Nigeria," the State Department said in a statement, adding that she may hold high-level talks while in the country. President Goodluck Jonathan is running against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in what looks set to be the closest presidential race since military rule ended in 1999. More »

  • Nigeria Poll: Those Who Refuse to Be Forgotten
    Nigeria Poll: Those Who Refuse to Be Forgotten 9 hours ago

    Nigeria's two main presidential candidates have signed an agreement not to stoke tensions ahead of Saturday's tightly contested elections. More »

  • Alex Cook paints walls, not canvas, with a message of hope and love 14 hours ago

    The forest is a mural, and even in the dead of winter the 18-by-85-foot painting gives a sense of beauty, warmth, and life – qualities that artist Alex Cook tries to convey in all his work. “Art was always a deeply spiritual thing, the most real thing in my life,” Mr. Cook says. An artist for most of his life, Cook has painted on walls all over the United States and has even packed his brushes to travel to and paint in Kenya, Nigeria, and most recently Panajachel, Guatemala. Cook has half a dozen albums to his name, but lately, he says, his focus is more on his visual art. More »

  • Nigeria election: Northern voters place hopes on native son 18 hours ago

    These traits are ingrained into society's image of him from his days as Nigeria's head of state in the early 1980s. It has been almost three decades since he left office, and Mr. Buhari, now 72 years old and running for president of Nigeria in an election this weekend, is still remembered for his regime's no-nonsense policy. “By the time Buhari took over in 1983, Nigeria … was literarily in a state of lawlessness. More »

  • Displacement doubles in north Cameroon in flight from Boko Haram
    Displacement doubles in north Cameroon in flight from Boko Haram 18 hours ago

    By Misha Hussain and Emmanuel Musa Tansa DAKAR/YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of people in northern Cameroon who have fled their homes fearing the violence in neighbouring Nigeria and cross-border raids by Islamist sect Boko Haram doubled in March to 117,000, a United Nations survey showed. Boko Haram, which wants to carve out an Islamic caliphate in northern Nigeria, recently expanded its activities into Niger and Cameroon for the first time since launching its insurgency in 2009. It has killed 6,400 people in 337 incidents since January 2014, the United Nations has said. There are some 117,000 displaced people in northern Cameroon, U.N. Sahel coordinator Robert Piper said, almost double the 60,000 recorded a month ago, adding to the strain on scarce resources in an area still recovering from a decade of periodic drought. More »

  • Nigeria's military pushes extremists before elections
    Nigeria's military pushes extremists before elections 19 hours ago

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Beefed up by new weapons from China, Russia and the Czech Republic, and strengthened by training from foreign advisers, Nigeria's military is forcing Boko Haram extremists from a string of northeastern towns as the country's prepares for elections the insurgents are threatening to disrupt. More »

  • Nigeria's presidential candidates sign new peace appeal
    Nigeria's presidential candidates sign new peace appeal 19 hours ago

    By Felix Onuah and Julia Payne ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's main presidential candidates have signed a "peace accord" ahead of hotly contested elections on Saturday in an effort to prevent religious or ethnic violence, the government said on Thursday. President Goodluck Jonathan is running against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in what looks set to be the closest presidential race since military rule ended in 1999. We therefore call on all fellow citizens of our dear country, and our party supporters, to refrain from violence," said the emailed statement, which was signed by the candidates. In 2011, around 800 people died in Nigeria in post-election violence and Western powers have been pressing both sides not to stoke tensions, with U.S. President Barack Obama issuing a direct appeal for calm this week. More »

  • In shadow of Boko Haram, Cameroon combats extremism at home
    In shadow of Boko Haram, Cameroon combats extremism at home 20 hours ago

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — With radical Islamic insurgents on its doorstep, Cameroon is trying to head off unrest at home by quelling any signs of the extremism that has roiled neighboring Nigeria. More »

  • Niger, Chad troops pursue Boko Haram in Nigerian border area 22 hours ago

    Troops from Chad and Niger pursued Boko Haram fighters across a northern Nigeria border area on Thursday, driving them out of a village they held there and causing some to flee into Niger, two senior Niger military officers said. Niger and Chad are participating in a joint offensive along with Nigeria and Cameroon aimed at ending the Nigerian Islamist group's six-year insurgency, which has spilled across Nigeria's borders to threaten regional stability. More »

  • 2 leading candidates in Nigeria elections commit to peace
    2 leading candidates in Nigeria elections commit to peace Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The two leading candidates in this weekend's presidential elections pledged Thursday to accept the outcome as a new report showed that Boko Haram Islamic extremists, who are threatening to disrupt the vote, have killed more than 1,000 civilians this year. More »

  • Nigeria's military detains two Al Jazeera reporters Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Nigeria's military has detained two Al Jazeera journalists in the northeast city of Maiduguri since Tuesday, the news outlet said on Thursday. Al Jazeera said the journalists, Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa, were being kept in their hotel rooms until further notice. Nigeria's defence headquarters said on Wednesday that the two television reporters were "restrained to their hotel" after they had been monitored for "loitering" in areas where military operations were on-going against the country's Islamist insurgency. More »

  • Official: Boko Haram using civilians as human shields
    Official: Boko Haram using civilians as human shields Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram is using an unknown number of civilians as human shields as its fighters flee an offensive by multinational forces, a top Nigerian official said Wednesday. More »

  • NIGERIA MASS KIDNAPPING Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Map locates Damasak, Nigeria.; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm; More »

  • Nigeria pushes back against criticism of election security Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    With Saturday's presidential election in Nigeria looming, armored vehicles and rifle-toting police have surrounded the offices of the electoral commission in a Lagos suburb, while police checkpoints are multiplying along Ikorodu Road, the bustling city’s main thoroughfare. "This is always extremely dangerous in a country divided along religious and ethnic lines," says John Campbell, the former United States ambassador to Nigeria, adding that the military is simply too weak to prevent potential protests from spiraling out of control. More »

  • Nigeria to close land, sea borders for Saturday election Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Nigeria will close its land and sea borders from midnight on March 25 until midnight on March 28 to ensure security ahead of what are expected to be hotly contested presidential and parliamentary elections, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. "President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the closure of all Nigeria's land and sea borders...to allow for peaceful conduct of the forthcoming national elections," permanent secretary at the ministry Abubakar Magaji said in an emailed statement. More »

  • Nigerian court leaves challenger Buhari free to run in presidential race
    Nigerian court leaves challenger Buhari free to run in presidential race Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - A Nigerian court on Wednesday effectively blocked an attempt to bar the main opposition candidate from running in what looks set to be the closest presidential race since military rule ended in 1999. The court adjourned the case until April 22, leaving Muhammadu Buhari free to stand against President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 election. Jonathan's supporters had sought to disqualify the former military ruler on the grounds that he had forged his secondary school certificate, a charge the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) has widely publicised and which is seen more as a smear campaign than a serious accusation. Investors, electoral observers and foreign powers will be closely watching how Nigeria conducts the presidential and parliamentary polls. More »

  • Shell completes sale of OML 29, Nembe Creek pipeline in Nigeria Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc has completed the sale of its stake in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 29 and the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) in the Eastern Niger Delta to Aiteo Eastern E&P Co Ltd for about $1.7 billion (1.14 billion pounds). The Anglo-Dutch major has realised about $3.04 billion so far from the sale of oil assets in Nigeria. Shell decided to sell five Nigerian oil assets after a 2013 review of its business in the West African country. ... More »

  • Nigerian official: Boko Haram extremists kidnapped hundreds of people from a … Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian official: Boko Haram extremists kidnapped hundreds of people from a northeastern town. More »

  • Nigeria court bars military from deploying around polling stations - lawyer
    Nigeria court bars military from deploying around polling stations - lawyer Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Oludare Mayowa and Julia Payne LAGOS/ABUJA (Reuters) - The Nigerian federal high court in Lagos has barred the military from deploying around polling stations during March 28 national elections, the lawyer for the parliamentarian who brought the case said on Tuesday. Opposition leader Femi Gbajabiamila argued a deployment would violate the constitution, lawyer Ijeoma Njemanze said, amid opposition fears that soldiers may intimidate voters or tamper with ballot boxes. The ruling, made on Monday by Justice Ibrahim Buba, does not affect troops already dispatched to northeast Nigeria, where Islamists have waged a six-year insurgency, she added. The tight election pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari for the leadership of Africa's biggest economy and leading energy producer. More »

  • Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds in northern Nigeria town - residents Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Joe Penney DAMASAK, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants have kidnapped more than 400 women and children from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak that was freed this month by troops from Niger and Chad, residents said on Tuesday. Boko Haram's abduction last April of nearly 300 schoolgirls in the region stirred international outrage and drew global attention to the group's six-year insurgency. "They took 506 young women and children (in Damasak). They killed about 50 of them before leaving," a trader called Souleymane Ali told Reuters in the town. More »

  • Chadian helicopters bomb Boko Haram on Nigeria-Niger border - Niger army Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Two Chadian army helicopters bombed Nigerian Boko Haram positions on Sunday, killing several dozen militants near a village on the border with Niger, a senior Niger military official told Reuters. Niger and Chadian soldiers have been fighting the Islamist militants in a joint mission with Nigeria and Cameroon since March 2, in a bid to end Boko Haram's six-year insurgency in northern Nigeria that is threatening regional stability. The helicopters destroyed several vehicles and motorcycles carrying fighters in the Nigerian village of Djaboullam, which lies east across the border from the Niger town of Diffa, the Niger officer said. More »

  • Soccer-Late Henriksen goal keeps AZ's European hopes on track Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Markus Henriksen netted a last-gasp winner for AZ Alkmaar in the 2-1 win over SC Cambuur on Saturday to boost their hopes of an automatic place in European competition next season. Like Alkmaar, Vitesse Arnhem also kept their sights on the Europa League with a 2-0 win at struggling Go Ahead Eagles Deventer. The 22-year-old Norwegian Henriksen was the toast of Alkmaar after the goal which took them to within one point of third place, a position which would ensure an automatic spot in the Europa League. AZ had gone ahead with an 11th minute penalty from Nemanja Gudelj but faced dropping points when former Nigeria international Bartholomew Ogbeche equalised for visiting Cambuur just after the hour mark. More »

  • Nigeria's ruling party regains ground after election delay Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    At the popular and frenzied Ojuelegba roundabout in downtown Lagos, people gather at newsstands to read the latest headlines and debate the question of the day: Who will win Nigeria’s presidential election next week? Both parties, according to Eze Onyekpere, who heads CENSOJ, have soared beyond the legal limit of about $1 million. More »

  • 100 Throat-Slit Corpses Left By Boko Haram
    100 Throat-Slit Corpses Left By Boko Haram Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Up to 100 bodies, many with their throats slit, have been found in a mass grave on the edge of a town in northeast Nigeria after it was freed from Boko Haram militants. Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in a six-year insurgency aimed at establishing an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria. More »

  • Retreating Boko Haram leaves mass of throat-slit corpses near Nigerian town Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    By Emmanuel Braun DAMASAK, Nigeria (Reuters) - Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people, many with their throats slit, scattered under a bridge, a Reuters witness said. Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in a six-year insurgency aimed at establishing an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria. Damasak was seized by the Islamist group in November but recaptured by troops from Niger and Chad on Saturday as part of a multinational effort to wipe out the militants. More »

  • 100 bodies in Nigeria 'mass grave' in town taken from Boko Haram
    100 bodies in Nigeria 'mass grave' in town taken from Boko Haram Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Around 100 bodies were found Friday in a mass grave on the edge of a town in northeast Nigeria after it was freed from Boko Haram Islamists, a Chadian army spokesman told AFP. More »

  • Warning over president's 'victory' claims against Boko Haram
    Warning over president's 'victory' claims against Boko Haram Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday said the military hopes to recapture towns seized by Boko Haram within a month, in what would be a swift victory after six years of bloody conflict. More »

  • The world's 15 deadliest conflicts including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan …
    The world's 15 deadliest conflicts including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan … Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The death toll in the world's most brutal conflicts in 2014 was more than 28% higher than the previous year, with bloodshed in Syria worse than all others for the second year running, according to a study released by the Project for the Study of the 21st Century think tank. Data from sources including the United States military, the United Nations, the Syria Observatory for Human Rights and Iraq Body Count showed more than 76,000 people were killed in Syria last year, up from 73,447 in 2013. Around 21,000 lives were lost in Iraq as the government fought with Islamic State (Isis), followed by Afghanistan with 14,638 and Nigeria on 11,529, according to the analysis that the think tank said could easily underestimate the actual figures. More »

  • Nigeria's Jonathan eyes Boko Haram ouster within a month
    Nigeria's Jonathan eyes Boko Haram ouster within a month Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan said in an interview broadcast on Friday that he hoped that Boko Haram militants would be pushed out of captured towns and villages within a month. More »