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Rival militant group says Boko Haram leader killed himself

– – The leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has reportedly killed himself. The announcement was made by rival Islamist militants in an audio recording. In the audio obtained by news agencies, the Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said Shekau died detonating explosives on himself after a battle between the two groups. Shekau was reported dead last month and has been reported killed before but he always resurfaces in the past. Neither Boko Haram nor the Nigerian government have confirmed his latest reported death. – –…

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Nigeria: Boko Haram claims its fighters shot down missing jet

– – The terrorists group, Boko Haram has said that its fighters shot down an aircraft believed to the missing jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force. On Friday the Nigerian Air Force command said its alpha jet that went missing on Wednesday may have crashed. The spokesperson of the Air Force, Edward Gabkwet in a statement revealed that the “Intelligence report gathered by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) indicates that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar with 2 crew members on board on 31 March 2021…

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Nigeria: Hundreds of abducted schoolboys released

– – Over 300 schoolboys kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria last week have been freed. Authorities in the Katsina state were the incident occurred have revealed that those rescued are in a good condition. In a statement, the authorities said the boys were being taken to the regional capital Katsina City to reunite with their families. Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility had hours earlier released a video apparently showing some of the boys. Although the local authorities believe the video released by Boko Haram was authentic, they believe an impersonators…

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Boko Haram says it abducted hundreds of Nigeria students

– – Boko Haram has confirmed that it was behind the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolboys in Nigeria’s north-western Katsina State last week. Over 800 students were in the school when the gunmen arrived on motorbikes and started shooting indiscriminately in the north western part of Nigeria. The Nigerian military has announced that it had exchanged fire with the gunmen after locating their hideout in a forest. Latest claim by Boko Haram signals its continued expansive and deadly reach in recent weeks. According to the private Daily Nigerian website Boko Haram leader,…

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Terrorism could persist in Nigeria for 20 years, army chief says

– – The Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said that “there is [a] likelihood of terrorism persisting in Nigeria for another 20 years”. For the past decade Nigeria has been battling Boko Haram Islamist insurgency which has killed thousands of people and displaced millions. Nigerian lawmakers this week summoned the country’s President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent killing of some farmers in north-east Borno State. At least 43 people were believed to have been killed with their bodies recovered on a rice farm, an…

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110 people killed in rice farm massacre in Nigeria

– – The death toll from the rice farm massacre in north-eastern Nigeria has risen to 110. Earlier military reports suggested that 43 slaughtered bodies of the workers on the rice farm have been recovered. But the United Nations said at least 110 people were killed in the attack suspected to have been carried out by Boko Haram. “We shall ensure more recruitment of Civilian JTF and more Hunters so that our people will take the fight to all the nooks and crannies of this area”, said Borno State Governor, Babagana…

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Nigeria insists Boko Haram has been ‘technically defeated’

The Nigerian government has said it stands by a 2015 claim that militant group Boko Haram has been defeated. Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in 2015 made the said statement on behalf of the government. That claim has been ridiculed several times by critics of the government who say that cannot be true when Boko Haram continues to kill through unending attacks. But Mohammed on Monday said the wings of the terrorists have been clipped. He told a gathering in Lagos that “I stand by what…

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Nigeria frees 25 kids cleared of ties with Boko Haram

25 children with suspected ties with Boko Haram have been released by the Nigerian army. They were released on Thursday after being cleared of such suspected ties with the militant group. Boko Haram has been attacking citizens in the country’s restive northeast region, killing thousands and displacing millions. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said 23 boys and two girls were released by the army. They were handed over to authorities in Borno state which is the worst affected by the insurgency. “These are children taken away from their families…

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Gunmen slaughter 65 mourners at funeral in Nigeria

65 mourners were slaughtered by gunmen in Maiduguri, Borno State of Nigeria during a funeral, according to local officials. The killings took place on Saturday and was executed by gunmen believed to Boko Haram fighters. Local media reported that the attack took place in a village called Gajiram, close to the regional capital Maiduguri. Local government chairman Muhammed Bulama was quoted by an AFP reporter to have said that “It is 65 people dead and 10 injured.” Bulama in his account said 23 people were killed as they returned from…

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Nigeria: Abducted aid workers beg for their release in video

Six abducted aid workers with an international charity Action Against Hunger have appeared in a video begging for their release. The aid workers were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists on July 18. They appeared in good health in the video which has been circulating on social media. In the video released on Thursday, Grace Taku, one of the aid workers called on the Christian Association of Nigeria to come to her rescue. Here is transcript of what Taku said in the video. “My name is Grace, I work…

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