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Boko Haram to Increase Cooperation if Daesh Boosts Libya Presence: UK

By Ulf Laessing ABUJA, May 15 – Boko Haram jihadists are likely to step up cooperation with Daesh should the latter extremist group gain a stronger foothold in Libya, a senior British official said on Saturday. Boko Haram, which has been waging a seven-year insurgency in northern Nigeria, last year pledged loyalty to Daesh. Little is

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Boko Haram May Be Sending Fighters to Daesh in Libya: U.S. Officials

By Ulf Laessing ABUJA, May 14 – There are signs that Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadists are sending fighters to join Daesh in Libya, and of increased cooperation between the two groups, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Nigeria has asked the United States to sell it aircraft to fight Boko Haram, which has been waging

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Parents Identify Missing Chibok Girls In New Boko Haram Video

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani ABUJA, Nigeria, April 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Three mothers of schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in northeast Nigeria two years ago said they had identified their daughters in a video released by Islamist group Boko Haram, the first possible sighting of the girls since a video in May 2014. About 15 girls featured in

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“Feed and Read” Offers Alternative to Boko Haram for Nigerian Boys

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani YOLA, Nigeria, Feb 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For the first time in his life, 17-year-old Muhammed Sani can identify the letters of the English alphabet, read simple sentences in English, such as: “I want to eat” and “I want to go home”. He can also work out simple mathematical sums.

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Niger Holds Tense Vote; Issoufou Seeks Second Term

By Abdoulaye Massalaki NIAMEY, Feb 22 – Niger closed its land borders and ramped up security on Sunday for an election in which President Mahamadou Issoufou is running for a second term promising to crush Islamist militants and reduce the country’s deep poverty. Security forces patrolled cities and villages in case of unrest or militant attacks. Some voters

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Nigeria: Boko Haram’s War on Women

The Nigerian group abducts and rapes women to boost recruitment and demonstrate its domination BY Hilary Matfess “They have a look in their eyes—they look like they are possessed,” says Amira, a Nigerian woman held captive by Boko Haram fighters for several years. “They would even drink the blood of the people they killed,” she adds, using her

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Four Militants Detonate Suicide Bombs on Lake Chad Island

N’DJAMENA, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Four militants detonated suicide bombs after being found out by a group of locals on a Lake Chad island, killing three of the attackers but no one else, official and security sources said on Wednesday. The maze of islands and waterways on the shrinking shores of Lake Chad are a

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