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  • Bombs explode at bus station, near university in central Nigeria's Jos Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    JOS, Nigeria (Reuters) - Simultaneous bombs exploded at a bus station and opposite a university in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Thursday, a witness said. "There was a loud explosion opposition the university along the Bauchi road, and another one at the Bauchi road motor park," Garba Musa, a newspaper vendor along the road, told Reuters by telephone. (Reporting by Buhari Bellol; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Angus MacSwan) More »

  • Bomb attacks kill at least 23 in north, central Nigeria Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Buhari Bello and Lanre Ola JOS/BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram bombers killed 23 people on Thursday, authorities said, as the Islamist insurgents fight back against a military offensive launched by Nigeria and three neighbouring countries. A suicide bomber at a bus station in Biu, a town in northeastern Borno state, killed at least 17 people, a military source and local vigilante Ibrahim Jaton said. "The whole spot was scattered within minutes." Suicide bombings have become a common tactic for Boko Haram in the last year as the group expanded its control over territory in Africa's biggest oil producer and top economy. A spate of Boko Haram attacks on civilians in the past few days seem aimed at striking back. More »

  • Explosions in Nigerian towns in north kill at least 34
    Explosions in Nigerian towns in north kill at least 34 Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Explosions in Nigeria's north central city of Jos and the northeastern town of Biu over the past two days have killed at least 34 people, witnesses said Thursday. More »

  • Two people killed by suspected Boko Haram mine blast in Niger Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Two people aboard a horse-driven cart were killed in Niger on Thursday when they ran over a mine thought to have been planted by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents, security sources said. As the armies of Niger, Chad and Cameroon step up the fight to contain Boko Haram within the militants' heartland of northeast Nigeria, they have responded with increasing landmine and roadside bomb attacks. Boko Haram has struck Diffa several times this month, prompting the local government to declare a state of emergency. Thursday's incident was the second mine explosion in Niger in less than a week. More »

  • Petesch appointed AP West Africa correspondent
    Petesch appointed AP West Africa correspondent Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Carley Petesch, a longtime editor in Africa who has reported from Nigeria and South Africa for The Associated Press, has been named a West Africa correspondent for the news organization. More »

  • Abused, imprisoned Vietnamese slave away in UK's cannabis farms Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Katie Nguyen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Criminal defence lawyer Philippa Southwell points to the thick ring binders that line her desk in a small office above a bookie's and fast food joint in south London. In recent years, Southwell has specialised in representing a particular kind of client: the mainly young men and boys who are trafficked to Britain from Vietnam to labour in cannabis farms. The Home Office (interior ministry) estimates there were up to 13,000 victims of slavery in Britain in 2013. Victims are most often from Albania, Nigeria, Vietnam and Romania. More »

  • Niger President replaces foreign minister ahead of 2016 poll
    Niger President replaces foreign minister ahead of 2016 poll Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou on Wednesday replaced his foreign minister, appointing him instead as minister of state at the presidency ahead of elections next year. Mohamed Bazoum, a close ally of the president's and a leading figure in his ruling PNDS party, will be replaced by Aichatou Kane Boulama, who was formerly the prime minister's chief of staff, according to a government statement. President Issoufou won election in 2011 in his third attempt to lead the poor, West African country. Niger, along with the armies of neighbours Cameroon and Chad, have had some success in driving militants from the Islamist group back into Nigeria and plan to launch a new joint regional force later this month. More »

  • Police:Nigeria abductors want ransom for American missionary
    Police:Nigeria abductors want ransom for American missionary Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police say that the armed men who abducted an American missionary earlier this week in southern Nigeria have demanded a ransom of nearly $300,000. More »

  • Tanker crew members freed after kidnapping off Nigeria Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Three crew members of a Maltese-flagged supertanker, who were kidnapped by pirates three weeks ago off Nigeria, have been released, Greece's foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The Kalamos crude carrier was heading to Nigeria's main oil terminal when it was attacked on Feb. 3. "We have asked the Greek ambassador in Nigeria to offer them accommodation and assist them with everything they need," said foreign ministry spokesman Konstantinos Koutras. The Kalamos tanker had been sailing at Qua Iboe, a waterway between Cameroon and Nigeria, when it was attacked, in an incident which highlighted the growing threat of violence off oil-rich West Africa. More »

  • 3 seamen seized in deadly pirate attack off Nigeria are free Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three seamen held hostage for about three weeks after pirates attacked their tanker off Nigeria have been freed and will be repatriated, the ship's management company says. More »

  • Food aid resumes for refugees in Niger after Boko Haram scare Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Food aid is again flowing to thousands of refugees on the border between Niger and Nigeria, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday, ending a suspension of deliveries by humanitarian groups because they feared attacks by Boko Haram. More than 100,000 people have fled violence in northern Nigeria in recent months for refugee camps or informal settlements in neighbouring Niger, following a wave of attacks by the Islamist militant group. Some 3,000 people are expected to receive food aid from the WFP on Wednesday, following the suspension of humanitarian work earlier this month along some stretches of the border between the two west African nations. More »

  • Amnesty: Global response to militant violence 'shameful'
    Amnesty: Global response to militant violence 'shameful' Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Amnesty International's annual report State of the World's Human Rights makes for grim reading. Released on 25 February, the reports says governments are failing to protect millions of civilians from violence by states and armed groups, describing the global response to widespread conflict from Nigeria to Syria as "shameful and ineffective". "Our report this year for 2014/15 provides quite shocking details of the horrific violence and human rights abuses that civilians from Syria to Ukraine to Nigeria to Gaza have faced in this period. We have called it shameful," said Amnesty's General Secretary Salil Shetty at a news conference in London on 24 February. More »

  • U.S. military trains African armies ahead of Boko Haram campaign
    U.S. military trains African armies ahead of Boko Haram campaign Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Daniel Flynn MAO, Chad (Reuters) - Under the glare of the Saharan sun, a U.S. special forces trainer corrects the aim of a Chadian soldier as he takes cover behind a Toyota pick-up and fires at a target with his AK47 -- a drill that could soon save his life. Chad is sending hundreds of troops to fight Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria as part of a regional offensive against the Islamist group, which killed an estimated 10,000 people last year in a campaign to carve an Islamic emirate from the north of Africa's largest oil producer. "Not so great," he says and orders them to do a round of push-ups -- in which American, Italian and Belgian trainers all take part, laughing. The annual 'Flintlock' counter-terrorism exercises are a decade-old U.S.-sponsored initiative to bolster African nations' ability to fight militant groups operating in the vast ungoverned spaces of the Sahara with training. More »

  • Suicide bombers kill at least 26 across north Nigeria Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Joe Hemba and Nnekule Ikemfuna DAMATURU/KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - (This Feb. 24 story was corrected to fix spelling of town to Gambaru in paragraph 13) Suicide bombers struck two bus stations in different parts of northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people in attacks President Goodluck Jonathan blamed on Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group he said would soon be defeated. In the first, a suicide bomber rushed onto a bus in the northeastern town of Potiskum before setting off a blast that destroyed the bus and killed 16 people, according to security and hospital sources. In Tuesday's second attack, two suicide bombers in a car struck a major bus station in the north's main city of Kano, killing at least 10 people, police spokesman Ibrahim Idris said. "Some people were burning, others running." President Jonathan blamed Boko Haram, whose struggle for an Islamic state in religiously mixed Nigeria has killed thousands of people and displaced over a million. More »

  • Chadian soldiers kill 207 Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria - army Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - (This Feb. 24 story was corrected to fix spelling of town name to Gambaru) Soldiers from Chad killed 207 Boko Haram militants in fighting on Tuesday near a Nigerian town close to the border with Cameroon, Chad's army announced in a statement. There was no immediate independent verification of the Chadian army's announcement. Chad's military also claimed to have seized large quantities of small arms and ammunition and two pick-up trucks. Niger, Cameroon and Chad have launched a regional military campaign to help Nigeria defeat the Boko Haram insurgency, which aims to carve an Islamic emirate out of northeastern Nigeria. More »

  • States fail to protect civilians from militant violence - Amnesty Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments are failing to protect millions of civilians from violence by states and armed groups, Amnesty International said on Wednesday, describing the global response to widespread conflict from Nigeria to Syria as "shameful and ineffective". A year of catastrophic violence had led to one of the worst refugee crises in history, as the number of displaced people worldwide topped 50 million for the first time since the end of the World War Two, the rights group said in its annual report. Almost 4 million refugees have fled a four-year civil war in Syria, and about 95 percent are being hosted by Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, according to the U.N. refugee agency, which has repeatedly urged rich nations to take more refugees. "As people suffered an escalation in barbarous attacks and repression, the international community has been found wanting," Amnesty secretary general Salil Shetty said in a statement. More »

  • Blasts hit two Nigeria bus stations, at least 27 dead
    Blasts hit two Nigeria bus stations, at least 27 dead Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Two blasts rocked bus stations in embattled northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, as violence continues to rage less than five weeks ahead of general elections. More »

  • US missionary abducted in Nigeria is courageous, friends say Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle missionary described by friends as courageous, tenacious and passionate about helping the people of Nigeria has been abducted from a school in the violence-torn African nation, her church says. More »

  • Suicide bombers kill 24 at 2 bus stations in north Nigeria
    Suicide bombers kill 24 at 2 bus stations in north Nigeria Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Teenage suicide bombers, suspected to be Boko Haram extremists, killed at least 24 people in separate blasts Tuesday at crowded bus stations in two northern Nigerian cities 300 kilometers (185 miles) apart. More »

  • American Missionary Kidnapped In Nigeria
    American Missionary Kidnapped In Nigeria Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A US missionary has been kidnapped in Nigeria, her church has said. The Free Methodist Church's website said the woman, identified as the Reverend Phyllis Sortor, had been abducted in the central Kogi state. "The US Embassy has been notified, and the State Department and the FBI are working with local authorities to find and rescue her," it added. According to the AFP news agency, masked gunmen came into a school where Rev Sortor was working and took her hostage. More »

  • Two suicide bombers behind blast in Nigeria's Kano, 10 dead: police Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - A blast that struck a bus station in north Nigeria's main city of Kano on Tuesday was the work of two suicide bombers and it killed at least 10 people, police said. (Reporting by Nnekule Ikemfuna; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Janet Lawrence) More »

  • Bomb explodes in bus station north Nigeria's main city Kano Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - A bomb exploded in a crowded bus park in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano on Tuesday, the second blast in a day to target civilians, a security source said. It was unclear what the casualties were from the blast. (Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Catherine Evans) More »

  • Gunmen kidnap US woman in central Nigeria: police
    Gunmen kidnap US woman in central Nigeria: police Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Masked gunmen in central Nigeria kidnapped an American woman doing missionary work, with ransom the suspected motive for the attack, police told AFP Tuesday. More »

  • U.S. woman missionary kidnapped in central Nigeria Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    An American woman working as a Christian missionary in Nigeria was kidnapped overnight, the website of the Free Methodist Church and a security source said on Tuesday. "Early this morning we received a report that Rev. Phyllis Sortor, our missionary in Nigeria, was abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi State, Nigeria by several persons," the church said. Nigeria is one of the world's worst country's for kidnapping, a major criminal enterprise that makes millions of dollars a year. More »

  • Boko Haram mine kills two soldiers in southeast Niger - ministry Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A mine planted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram killed at least two soldiers on Tuesday in the town of Bosso in Niger's southeastern region of Diffa, Niger's defence ministry said. It was the first time Niger has accused the insurgents of planting a mine in recent fighting around Diffa. Niger, Cameroon and Chad have launched a regional military campaign to help Nigeria battle Boko Haram, a group that began its fight for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria six years ago and has recently stepped up cross-border attacks. More »

  • 17 dead in bus blast in northeast Nigeria: witnesses , rescuers
    17 dead in bus blast in northeast Nigeria: witnesses , rescuers Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    At least 17 people were killed on Tuesday when a blast ripped through a bus in Potiskum, northeast Nigeria, witnesses and rescue workers said, in the latest violence to hit the troubled region. More »

  • Girl bomber kills 5 in northeastern Nigerian market
    Girl bomber kills 5 in northeastern Nigerian market Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — A girl as young as 10 blew herself up in a busy market in northeastern Nigeria, killing herself and four others, and fueling fears Islamic extremists are using kidnapped girls as suicide bombers. More »

  • NIGERIA VIOLENCE Mon, Feb 23, 2015

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

  • Boko Haram insurgency takes rising economic toll on Nigeria's neighbors Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    The crisis has brought the once thriving economy of the Far North Region, which borders Nigeria to the west, to a halt, hampering tourism, agriculture, and trade with Nigeria. The significant shift in its local economy is also threatening the financial infrastructure of Cameroon. With 7,000 troops deployed to fight Boko Haram, Cameroon is spending close to $800,000 per month in the anti-terror campaign. More »

  • Young girl suicide bomber kills seven in Nigeria
    Young girl suicide bomber kills seven in Nigeria Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    A girl thought to be as young as seven killed herself and seven others in a suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria as President Goodluck Jonathan conceded his government had initially underrated the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. More »

  • 'Timbuktu' director wants more cinema from West Africa
    'Timbuktu' director wants more cinema from West Africa Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    By David Lewis DAKAR (Reuters) - The Oscar nomination of "Timbuktu", a film about the occupation of the Malian desert town by al Qaeda-linked Islamists in 2012, should not mask the lack of established cinema from West Africa, its director said. Up for the Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday's ceremony, Abderrahmane Sissako's film has already won two awards at this year's Cannes Film Festival and seven at the Cesar Award's, France's equivalent of the Oscars. Despite being home to FESPACO, a biennial film festival held in Burkina Faso, and Nollywood, Nigeria's cinema industry that churns out hundreds of films every years, Sissako called for West African leaders to do to more to promote regional film making "Being nominated is great for the continent and Mauritania ... (But) You cannot say that cinema is established because there is a festival," Sissako told Reuters, speaking from the United States. Sissako was born in Mauritania but spent some of his school years in Mali. More »

  • Girl bomber kills five, wounds dozens in northeast Nigeria Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    A young girl with explosives strapped to her killed five people and wounded dozens at a security checkpoint outside a market in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, witnesses said. "(She) refused to be checked at the gate to the market and an argument ensued," witness Ibrahim Maishago told Reuters by telephone. "She let off the bomb, killing herself and five others, while many were injured." No one claimed responsibility for the bombing, which bore the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The insurgents have suffered a string of defeats in a military offensive by Nigeria and neighbours Cameroon, Niger and Chad. More »

  • Nigerian forces retake border town of Baga from Boko Haram Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    By Lanre Ola and Abdoulaye Massalaki BAUCHI, Nigeria/NIAMEY, Niger (Reuters) - Nigerian forces backed by air strikes seized the northeastern border town of Baga from Islamist group Boko Haram on Saturday, the military said, a significant victory in an offensive against an insurgency affecting four African states. Retaking the town - at Nigeria's border with Chad, Niger and Cameroon - was one of several in the past two weeks, and particularly important as Baga was the headquarters of a multinational force of troops from all four countries. "We have secured Baga. More »

  • Nigeria retakes Boko Haram town: Is the tide turning? Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    On Saturday, Nigeria’s armed forces announced on their Twitter page that they re-captured the town of Baga from Boko Haram, a terrorist organization which has claimed thousands of lives since gaining power in 2009. Last week the militants pushed into Chad, killing about 10 civilians before being pushed back by the Chad military, making it the first lethal attack on Chad. More »

  • Nigerian troops retake town as Boko Haram attacks villages Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops retook a major border town and killed scores of Boko Haram fighters Saturday, Nigeria's military said, although witnesses also reported the Islamic extremists killed scores in attacks on other villages. More »