More Nigeria Articles

  • Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday....

  • Updated --- Real war on women: Terrorist group in Nigeria targets girls as sex slaves, cooks

    Terrorist group Boko Haram has escalated its campaign of terror in northeast Nigeria, most recently with the abduction of more than 100 school girls.

  • Thugs with machetes attack Nigerian party congress

    KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian officials say machete-wielding thugs have attacked delegates at a meeting of Nigeria's main opposition coalition, wounding scores in the northern city of Kaduna. Aisha Umar of the National Electoral Commission says the attackers on Thursday hacked off the arm...

  • AP names Nigeria chief of bureau

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Africa Editor Andrew Selsky. "Michelle Faul is a wonderful writer and a...

  • 20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, the military said all but eight of more...

  • Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital — a surge of violence that raised new doubts about the military's ability to...

  • Blast at bus station in Nigerian capital kills 72

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants struck in the heart of Nigeria on Monday with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 people and wounded 164 in the deadliest attack ever on the nation's capital. Survivors screamed in anguish and the stench of...

  • A look at the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — More than 1,500 people have been killed so far this year in attacks blamed on the Nigerian radical group Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden" in the local Hausa language. The terrorist network's mission is to force an Islamic state on Nigeria,...

  • Nigeria complains about Mugabe calling it corrupt

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The official News Agency of Nigeria reports Zimbabwe's envoy has been called in for a complaint about President Robert Mugabe's remarks about corruption in Nigeria. It says the ministry of foreign affairs on Thursday told Zimbabwean diplomat Stanley Kunjeku that Nigeria...

  • Nigeria: Economy $510 billion, biggest in Africa

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's recalculated economy is worth $510 billion, by far the biggest in Africa, officials announced Sunday using long overdue revised data that gives the West African nation continental bragging rights but does little for the 70 percent of its citizens living in...

  • Nigeria's Nollywood: most prolific movie machine

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A 15-second drum roll and the title of the film, "Deceptive Heart," comes crashing onto the screen in a groovy 1970s font. Less than 10 minutes into the Nollywood movie, the heart of plot is revealed: A woman has two boyfriends and doesn't know what to do. The story...

  • Amnesty: Nigerian uprising kills 1,500 this year

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Increasing atrocities by extremists and uncontrolled reprisals by security forces have killed at least 1,500 people this year in northeastern Nigeria's Islamic uprising, Amnesty International reported Monday, accusing both sides of war crimes and crimes against humanity....

  • 21 killed in shooting at Nigeria State Security HQ

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A shootout at Nigeria's State Security Services headquarters near the presidential villa killed at least 21 people Sunday, a government spokeswoman said of what appears to be an attempted jailbreak by Islamic extremists. Residents described shooting that went on for more...

  • Nigeria's president criticizes northeast governors

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — President Goodluck Jonathan blamed governors in Nigeria's northeastern states for the country's Islamic uprising, saying their failure to provide social services created the climate for the insurgency that has killed more than 1,000 people so far this year. Jonathan...

  • Suicide bombers kill 5 police in northeast Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Police say two Islamic militants rammed an explosives-laden car into a police highway patrol van, killing five police officers and three civilians in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri. Deputy Superintendent Gideon Jubrin says the two suicide bombers also died...



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