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has boko haram been defeated? | africa


dozens of schoolgirls are still unaccounted for days after suspected boko haram fighters attacked their school in northeast nigeria.as many as 111 girls were seized on monday from a state-run boarding school in the village of dapchi, in yobe state.the abductions are eerily familiar to boko haram seizing 276 schoolgirls from nearby chibok village four years ago - many remain missing.nigerian president muhammadu buhari recently said the era of boko haram violence "is gradually drawing to end".but, the latest kidnapping has raised questions about the armed group's prevailing threat in northeast nigeria.so, what will it take to protect nigeria's schoolgirls?presenter: mohamed jamjoomguests:mike eiofor - former director of nigeria's state security servicealiyu musa - researcher on war and confl






un security council begins africa trip focused on boko haram


yaounde, cameroon — the united nations security council has begun a west africa visit to examine the threat posed by boko haram to the countries most affected by the islamic extremist group.the diplomats are in cameroon on friday for meetings with top officials and an encounter with the multinational force that has been fighting the nigeria-based group.council members also plan to go to chad and niger, then on to nigeria, where they will visit a camp in the north for people displaced by boko haram. on friday, officials said three suicide bombers killed themselves and set fuel tankers ablaze in maiduguri city.in nigeria, boko haram's seven-year uprising has killed more than 20,000 people and driven 2.6 million from their homes. now the group has moved into the three neighboring countries.






un security council begins africa trip focused on boko haram


yaounde, cameroon (ap) — the united nations security council has begun a west africa visit to examine the threat posed by boko haram to the countries most affected by the islamic extremist group.the diplomats are in cameroon on friday for meetings with top officials and an encounter with the multinational force that has been fighting the nigeria-based group.council members also plan to go to chad and niger, then on to nigeria, where they will visit a camp in the north for people displaced by boko haram. on friday, officials said three suicide bombers killed themselves and set fuel tankers ablaze in maiduguri city.in nigeria, boko haram’s seven-year uprising has killed more than 20,000 people and driven 2.6 million from their homes. now the group has moved into the three neighboring countri






the nigerian woman standing up to boko haram


it has been three years since more than 270 girls were abducted from the dormitory of a secondary school in nigeria by militant islamist group boko haram. most of the girls from the town of chibok are still missing.bbc hausa’s jimeh saleh met one woman who has joined one of the vigilante groups trying to fight back against boko haram.






boko haram leader in new video vows to establish caliphate


boko haram leader abubakar shekau in a new video is vowing to continue his insurgency until he establishes an islamic caliphate across west and central africa.






the nigerian woman standing up to boko haram


it has been three years since more than 270 girls were abducted from the dormitory of a secondary school in nigeria by militant islamist group boko haram. most of the girls from the town of chibok are still missing.bbc hausa’s jimeh saleh met one woman who has joined one of the vigilante groups trying to fight back against boko haram.producer: dina demrdash






boko haram's female suicide bombers strategy


nigeria's militant islamist boko haram group is abducting, drugging, and forcing women to marry its members, as part of its attempt to recruit them as suicide bombers.bbc news' clive myrie travelled to the city of gwoza, the boko haram stronghold for eight months until it was retaken by the army.






cameroon: 5,000 people freed from boko haram since january


yaounde, cameroon — cameroon says its soldiers have freed more than 5,000 people held by boko haram and have killed at least 60 islamic extremists in operations since the end of january.communications minister issa tchiroma bakary said tuesday that thousands of cameroonian soldiers, supported by nigerian troops, have been launching raids on boko haram strongholds in the mandara mountains that straddle the two countries.he says that since the raids started on jan. 26, 21 suspects have been arrested and that an insurgent refuge center was destroyed along with a petroleum depot, weapons, an explosives factory, and the residence of a boko haram leader.the people freed are receiving treatment at a camp in banki, nigeria.boko haram's seven-year insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people and d






nigerian military arrests more than 400 associated with boko haram


military authorities say nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the boko haram extremist group hiding on the islands of lake chad, including fighters, wives and children. the two-week operation netted the largest number of arrests of boko haram fighters in recent months...






un security council begins africa trip focused on boko haram


yaounde, cameroon (ap) — the u.n. security council on friday kicked off a visit to spotlight africa’s worst humanitarian crisis as millions face hunger amid the boko haram insurgency in nigeria and the lake chad region.one question in the aid response is the united states, which pledged no funding for the nigeria crisis at an international conference in oslo last week. the u.s. is the world’s largest humanitarian donor, but u.s. officials have said the trump administration is proposing a 37 percent cut to diplomacy and foreign aid budgets to help pay for increased military spending.the united nations has launched a $4 billion aid appeal to respond not only to the nigeria crisis but similar ones in south sudan, somalia and yemen. it was not clear how much the u.s. has pledged for that new a






un security council begins africa trip focused on boko haram


yaounde, cameroon — the u.n. security council on friday kicked off a visit to spotlight africa's worst humanitarian crisis as millions face hunger amid the boko haram insurgency in nigeria and the lake chad region."we came in order to show that this will no longer be a neglected crisis," british ambassador matthew rycroft told reporters.one question in the aid response is the united states, which pledged no funding for the nigeria crisis at an international conference in oslo last week co-hosted by the united nations. the u.s. is the world's largest humanitarian donor, but u.s. officials have said the trump administration is proposing a 37 percent cut to diplomacy and foreign aid budgets to help pay for increased military spending.the u.n. has launched a $4 billion aid appeal for the niger






'alarming' rise in boko haram child suicide bombers | news


an "alarming" number of children in africa, most of them girls, have been used as suicide bombers by boko haram in 2017, according to unicef.in the countries fighting boko haram in the lake chad region - nigeria, niger, cameroon and chad - 27 children have been used in suicide attacks by the armed group in the first three months of the year, unicef said in a report and statement.there were nine cases in the same period last year, and 30 children used for bombings in all of 2016, it said.nigeria: rescued boko haram wives share storiesthe boko haram campaign is now in its eighth year with little sign of ending, having claimed over 20,000 lives. the group has increasingly been using children to attack crowded markets, mosques and camps for internally displaced people in northeast nigeria and






'alarming' rise in boko haram child suicide bombers | news


an "alarming" number of children in africa, most of them girls, have been used as suicide bombers by boko haram in 2017, according to unicef.in the countries fighting boko haram in the lake chad region - nigeria, niger, cameroon and chad - 27 children have been used in suicide attacks by the armed group in the first three months of the year, unicef said in a report and statement.there were nine cases in the same period last year, and 30 children used for bombings in all of 2016, it said.nigeria: rescued boko haram wives share storiesthe boko haram campaign is now in its eighth year with little sign of ending, having claimed more than 20,000 lives. the group has increasingly been using children to attack crowded markets, mosques and camps for internally displaced people in northeast nigeria






'alarming' rise in boko haram child suicide bombers | news


an "alarming" number of children in africa, most of them girls, have been used as suicide bombers by boko haram in 2017, according to unicef.in the countries fighting boko haram in the lake chad region - nigeria, niger, cameroon and chad - 27 children have been used in suicide attacks by the armed group in the first three months of the year, unicef said in a report and statement.there were nine cases in the same period last year, and 30 children used for bombings in all of 2016, it said.nigeria: rescued boko haram wives share storiesthe boko haram campaign is now in its eighth year with little sign of ending, having claimed over 20,000 lives. the group has increasingly been using children to attack crowded markets, mosques and camps for internally displaced people in northeast nigeria and






'alarming' rise in boko haram child suicide bombers | news


an "alarming" number of children in africa, most of them girls, have been used as suicide bombers by boko haram in 2017, according to unicef.in the countries fighting boko haram in the lake chad region - nigeria, niger, cameroon and chad - 27 children have been used in suicide attacks by the armed group in the first three months of the year, unicef said in a report and statement.there were nine cases in the same period last year, and 30 children used for bombings in all of 2016, it said.nigeria: rescued boko haram wives share storiesthe boko haram campaign is now in its eighth year with little sign of ending, having claimed more than 20,000 lives. the group has increasingly been using children to attack crowded markets, mosques and camps for internally displaced people in northeast nigeria






report: boko haram attacks killed 400 since april | nigeria news


a surge in attacks by boko haram fighters has claimed nearly 400 lives since april in nigeria and cameroon, double the figure of the previous five months, according to a rights group.the increasing use of suicide bombers - often young women and girls forced to carry and detonate explosives in crowded areas - has killed at least 381 civilians in the two countries, amnesty international group said in a statement on tuesday."boko haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, exemplified by the depravity of forcing young girls to carry explosives with the sole intention of killing as many people as they possibly can," said alioune tine, amnesty international's director for west and central africa. read more: unicef - boko haram use of child bombers soars "this wave of shocking bok






5 boko haram leaders released in exchange for 82 nigerian schoolgirls


chibok school girls recently freed from boko haram captivity are seen in abuja, nigeria, sunday, may 7, 2017.  olamikan gbemiga / ap






5 boko haram leaders released in exchange for 82 nigerian schoolgirls


chibok school girls recently freed from boko haram captivity are seen in abuja, nigeria, sunday, may 7, 2017. olamikan gbemiga / ap






nigeria said it defeated boko haram. so why is it throwing more money into the f


for two years, the nigerian military has claimed to have defeated boko haram, the islamist militant group that has terrorized the country’s northeast since 2009. but even if the government has regained much of the territory once controlled by the group, the fight is far from over.close to 2 million people remain displaced in northeast nigeria, civilian victims who have become highly vulnerable to the threat of regular suicide bombings, food insecurity and even exploitation by their own security forces.a series of particularly deadly bombings in november and december killed dozens of people across the northeast. on dec. 16, insurgents attacked an army convoy accompanying world food program-hired trucks in the northeastern state of borno, the birthplace of boko haram. wfp spokesman george fo






nigeria troops arrest 400-plus boko haram fighters, families


maiduguri, nigeria (ap) — military authorities say nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the boko haram extremist group hiding on the islands of lake chad, including fighters, wives and children.the two-week operation netted the largest number of arrests of boko haram fighters in recent months in northeast nigeria, col. onyema nwachukwu said. the operation included air and ground offensives.the military said many boko haram insurgents were killed, but it did not give details.among those arrested were 167 boko haram fighters, 67 women and 173 children. the women and children will be handed over to authorities of displacement camps after investigations, the military said.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.another 57 insurgents were arrest






new boko haram video purports to show chibok girls | nigeria news


boko haram has put out a video that it says shows some of the girls kidnapped from a town in northeastern nigeria nearly four years ago.the armed group seized 276 pupils from the government girls secondary school in chibok in april 2014.fifty-seven of them managed to escape in the immediate aftermath of the abduction. some of the schoolgirls have since been released, while others managed to escape. around 100 are still believed to be held by boko haram."we are the chibok girls, you have been crying we should be released. but by the grace of allah, we will not return home," one of the girls said in the undated footage, which was released on monday."these people are taking care of us and we are grateful to them. we are happy here - we have found our faith," she added.a group of about 12 girl






nigeria troops arrest 400-plus boko haram fighters, families


maiduguri, nigeria — military authorities say nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the boko haram extremist group hiding on the islands of lake chad, including fighters, wives and children.the two-week operation netted the largest number of arrests of boko haram fighters in recent months in northeast nigeria, col. onyema nwachukwu said. the operation included air and ground offensives.the military said many boko haram insurgents were killed, but it did not give details.among those arrested were 167 boko haram fighters, 67 women and 173 children. the women and children will be handed over to authorities of displacement camps after investigations, the military said.another 57 insurgents were arrested during a separate operation in another part of the troubled






nigerian military arrests more than 400 associated with boko haram


military authorities say nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the boko haram extremist group hiding on the islands of lake chad, including fighters, wives and children.the two-week operation netted the largest number of arrests of boko haram fighters in recent months in northeast nigeria, col. onyema nwachukwu said. the operation included air and ground offensives.the military said many boko haram insurgents were killed, but it did not give details.among those arrested were 167 boko haram fighters, 67 women and 173 children. the women and children will be handed over to authorities at displacement camps after investigations, the military said.an additional 57 insurgents were arrested during a separate operation in another part of the troubled region.boko har






nigeria: boko haram blamed as suicide blasts kill 19 | nigeria news


three bombers have killed at least 19 people, as well as themselves, in an attack on a fish market in northeastern nigeria, according to authorities.another 70 people were wounded when the attackers detonated their explosives on friday evening about 20km from the centre of maiduguri, in borno state, police said.there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the use of suicide bombers in crowded areas is a hallmark of boko haram, an armed group waging a violent campaign in the area since 2009.babakura kolo and musa ari, from the civilian joint task force (cjtf) helping nigeria's army against boko haram, said the bombers were all men.{articleguid}"two of the bombers attacked the tashan kifi fish market. then four minutes later, a third bomber struck nearby," kolo was quot






nigeria: boko haram blamed as suicide blasts kill 19 | nigeria news


three suicide bombers have killed at least 19 people in an attack on a fish market in northeastern nigeria, according to authorities.another 70 people were wounded when the attackers detonated their explosives on friday evening about 20km from the centre of maiduguri, in borno state, police said.there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the use of suicide bombers in crowded areas is a hallmark of boko haram, an armed group waging a violent campaign in the area since 2009.babakura kolo and musa ari, from the civilian joint task force (cjtf) helping nigeria's army against boko haram, said the bombers were all men.{articleguid}"two of the bombers attacked the tashan kifi fish market. then four minutes later, a third bomber struck nearby," kolo was quoted as saying by






nigerians fear 'no end in sight' to boko haram fight | nigeria


babakura lawan sat under a tree and unbuttoned his shirt to show a host of scars on his shoulder, arm and back.lawan, who is part of a militia helping the nigerian army in its fight against boko haram, the armed group that has pledged it allegiance to the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil, also known as isis). in july, as lawan and his fellow militiamen provided cover for oil exploration workers, boko haram fighters launched an attack against them near maiduguri, located in the country's northeast. "it was an ambush," he told al jazeera, explaining that they were caught off guard due to the calmness of the area.one of his fellow militiamen is now hospitalised and in critical condition after a rocket tore through the patrol car he was in."we spent days working there," lawan recalle






nigerians fear 'no end in sight' to boko haram fight | nigeria


babakura lawan sat under a tree and unbuttoned his shirt to show a host of scars on his shoulder, arm and back.lawan, who is part of a militia helping the nigerian army in its fight against boko haram, the armed group that has pledged its allegiance to the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil, also known as isis). in july, as lawan and his fellow militiamen provided cover for oil exploration workers, boko haram fighters launched an attack against them near maiduguri, located in the country's northeast. "it was an ambush," he told al jazeera, explaining that they were caught off guard due to the calmness of the area.one of his fellow militiamen is now hospitalised and in critical condition, after a rocket tore through the patrol car he was in."we spent days working there," lawan recal






security council to visit 4 countries affected by boko haram


united nations — the u.n. security council is heading to west africa to examine the threat posed by boko haram to the four countries most affected by the extremist group — nigeria, niger, chad and cameroon, which also face a serious humanitarian crisis.france's u.n. ambassador francois delattre told reporters wednesday "this is the first time ever that the security council will visit the region" and members want to support the four countries "in their fight against terrorism."british ambassador matthew rycroft said council members want to know what leaders of those countries are doing in response to boko haram — and what joint actions they are taking "to tackle what is clearly a cross-border threat."council members were leaving new york late wednesday for cameroon, the first stop.






report: boko haram attacks killed 400 since april | nigeria news


a surge in attacks by boko haram fighters has claimed nearly 400 lives since april in nigeria and cameroon, double the figure of the previous five months, according to a rights group.the increasing use of suicide bombers - often young women and girls forced to carry and detonate explosives in crowded areas - has killed at least 381 civilians in the two countries, amnesty international group said in a statement on tuesday."boko haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, exemplified by the depravity of forcing young girls to carry explosives with the sole intention of killing as many people as they possibly can," said alioune tine, amnesty international's director for west and central africa. read more: unicef - boko haram use of child bombers soars "this wave of shocking bok






amnesty says boko haram killings have doubled in 5 months


dakar, senegal (ap) — nigeria-based boko haram extremists have killed more than 380 people in the lake chad region since april, a major resurgence of attacks that has doubled the casualties compared to the previous five months, amnesty international said tuesday.the spike in attacks by the islamic extremists is a result of increased use of suicide bombers, often women and girls, who carry out the attacks in highly populated areas in cameroon’s far north region and nigeria’s borno and adamawa states, the rights group said. cameroon has experienced at least one suicide attack per week, it said.“boko haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, exemplified by the depravity of forcing young girls to carry explosives with the sole intention of killing as many people as they possib






deaths as suicide bomb attacks hit market in biu | news


at least 17 people have been killed in two suspected boko haram suicide bombings on a market in the northeastern nigerian town of biu, officials have told al jazeera.forty-seven others were wounded in saturday's explosions, and many were in criticial condition, said al jazeera's ahmed idris, reporting from the capital, abuja."biu has been largely spared by the boko haram insurgency, but many areas surrounding that town have been attacked on several occasions," he said."this is one of the cases we have been seeing over the past five or six months."idris said that as of yet there had been no claim of responsibility. however, local officials believe the attacks had the "signature" of boko haram, he added."we have seen them targeting soft spots like places of worship and schools," said idris.t






amnesty says boko haram killings have doubled in 5 months


dakar, senegal — nigeria-based boko haram extremists have killed more than 380 people in the lake chad region since april, a major resurgence of attacks that has doubled the casualties compared to the previous five months, amnesty international said tuesday.the spike in attacks by the islamic extremists is a result of increased use of suicide bombers, often women and girls, who carry out the attacks in highly populated areas in cameroon's far north region and nigeria's borno and adamawa states, the rights group said. cameroon has experienced at least one suicide attack per week, it said."boko haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, exemplified by the depravity of forcing young girls to carry explosives with the sole intention of killing as many people as they possibly ca






five boko haram commanders released in deal that freed 82 schoolgirls


more than 80 schoolgirls were released by the militant islamist group boko haram after more than three years in captivity, nigeria announced.        






nigeria: too soon to close camps for boko haram's displaced


maiduguri, nigeria — nigerian officials say their goal of shutting down all camps for people displaced by boko haram by the end of this month is no longer feasible as the military continues to fight the extremists in so-called liberated areas.borno state gov. kashim shettima says it is not yet safe to return people to their homes in many places across northern nigeria.president muhammadu buhari late last year declared boko haram crushed, but the military now says operations continue to clear the extremists from their strongholds.boko haram is still carrying out suicide bombings in the borno capital of maiduguri and has attacked the military in more remote areas. hundreds of people have been killed.maiduguri is home to more than a dozen camps for thousands of displaced people.






boko haram attacks leave 6 dead, dozens hurt in nigeria


maiduguri, nigeria — authorities in northeast nigeria say at least six people are dead and dozens are wounded after boko haram extremists launched a series of attacks on the capital of borno state.the jihadists attacked late wednesday as evening prayers were ending, targeting four locations throughout maiduguri. the violence came as soldiers were trying to repel another group of boko haram insurgents who were trying to invade the city.while the exact death toll is not immediately known, this is believed to be the worst assault on maiduguri in months by boko haram, a branch of which is linked to the islamic state group.on thursday, private security worker abba shehu said wounded people filled the emergency ward of the university of maiduguri teaching hospital, where all beds were in use.






nigeria releasing 475 boko haram suspects for rehabilitation


lagos, nigeria (ap) — authorities in nigeria are releasing hundreds of people accused of supporting an islamic extremist group, citing a lack of evidence.salihu othman isah, a special adviser to nigeria’s attorney general, said in a statement sunday that 475 suspects will be sent to rehabilitation instead of facing trial.they are among the more than 1,000 suspected boko haram members whose trials began last monday at a military barracks in the central nigerian town of kainji.the suspects were accused of belonging to boko haram or for concealing information about the group.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!nigerian president muhammadu buhari recently said the era of boko haram terrorism “is gradually drawing to end.” however, the group continues to launch suicide bombin






private space station coming soon? company aiming for 2020 launch


work is underway to establish the world's first private, international commercial space station, a complex that would serve a global community of sovereign and private astronauts.  the builders of the axiom international commercial space station aim to enlarge the landscape of low-earth orbit, to create what they view as a "historic shift" in human spaceflight.  making a space outpost available to nations, organizations and individuals could help make living and working in earth orbit commonplace and support the exploration of deep space, axiom representatives said. [6 private deep space habitats paving the way to mars]upon retirement of the iss, the axiom module will be joined by additional elements that together will function as the axiom international commercial space station.credit: a