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PostPosted: 02-05-2014 23:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Abuja blast: Car bomb attack rocks Nigerian capital

Will Ross reports on fresh security fears over next week's World Economic Forum in Abuja

A car bomb attack has killed at least 19 people and injured 60 more in the Nigerian capital Abuja, officials say.

The explosion happened in the suburb of Nyanya, close to a bus station where at least 70 people died in a bomb blast on 14 April.

Witnesses said the explosion targeted a police checkpoint near a bus station.

No group has said it carried out Thursday's attack. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram said it was behind the fatal explosion last month.

The BBC's Will Ross in Abuja says Nyanya is a religiously mixed area and it is not clear why the area has been targeted.

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Charles Osueke, who was in the area at the time of the blast, told the BBC that it was just 200m (650ft) away from the 14 April explosion.

"People in the crowd were saying that a man parked his car, walked away and the next thing they know, the car blew up," he said.

"I'm worried about our security here. After the last explosion, the president said he would increase security," Mr Osueke added.

"There were policemen around when this explosion happened and they didn't manage to stop it."

The head of Nigeria's Emergency Management Agency, Abbas Idriss, told the BBC that 19 people were killed in the blast and 60 others were injured.

Most of Boko Haram's attacks have been in the north-east of Nigeria.

But the bombing on 14 April raised fears that the militants could be trying to expand their area of operation.

In a video message after that attack, the group's leader Abubakar Shekau said: "We are in your city but you don't know where we are."

The latest attack comes just days before Abuja is set to host the World Economic Forum on Africa. Figures released last month showed Nigeria is now Africa's biggest economy.

Insecurity will be a major concern: Several world leaders, including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, are due to attend the event.

Correspondents say the blast comes at a terrible time for Nigeria, which is also dealing with the abduction of 230 schoolgirls that happened hours after the previous Nyanya attack.

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for international military assistance to be offered to Nigeria in the hunt for the girls.

"We could provide military help to the Nigerians to track down the whereabouts of the girls before they're dispersed throughout Africa - like air support, for example, if that was thought necessary," he told the UK's Guardian newspaper.

Last week, an advisor to Nigeria's president said the government would welcome international assistance.

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Will Ross
BBC News, Abuja

Around Abuja there are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends searching for missing loved ones.

With this, the second attack in less than three weeks, there are mounting worries over the nation's insecurity. It is not clear why the suburb of Nyanya was targeted once more. If it was Boko Haram again, it could be the Islamist insurgents' way of saying: "You cannot stop us even where you put your checkpoints."

On top of the dreadful insecurity in the north-east and the plight of the missing schoolgirls, this is more bad news for the government. Abuja is hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa next week, so leaders from across the world are expected in the city. They will not be mingling with the crowds at bus stations but the worry is that cursory security checks are unlikely to stop another car bomb from being detonated elsewhere in this city.

There is of course anger with the government, especially as the annual security budget has almost doubled over the past five years to $6bn (£3.6bn) and people are asking: "So why are we not safer?"
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PostPosted: 06-05-2014 22:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

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More Nigerian girls abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants

Abubakar Shekau leads the Islamist group, which has killed thousands in northern Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped eight more girls in northeastern Nigeria.

The latest kidnapping happened on Sunday night in the village of Warabe, in Borno state. The girls taken were between the ages of 12 and 15.

On Monday, Boko Haram's leader threatened to "sell" more than 230 girls seized from their school, also in Borno, on 14 April.

The Islamist insurgency by Boko Haram has left thousands dead since 2009.

Map showing Warabe
The BBC's Mansur Liman in Abuja says the area around Warabe, the site of the latest abductions, is a stronghold of the Islamist movement.

The gunmen arrived in two trucks and also seized animals and food from the village.

Communications are very poor in the area, which explains why the news took several days to emerge, our correspondent says.

Residents from a nearby town told AFP that they feared Boko Haram would target them next.

Rally in support of missing girls in Abuja, Nigeria. 6 May 2014
Protesters took to the streets of Abuja on Tuesday, calling for the girls taken on 14 April to be released
"We in Gwoza are also living in fear because of the kidnap of eight girls in Warabe," Peter Gambo said.

"We have no security here. If the gunmen decide to pick our own girls, nobody can stop them" he said.

Warabe is also close to the Sambisa forest, where the first group of schoolgirls is thought to have been taken.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video on Monday confirming that his group had abducted them.

"God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions," he said. ...
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Nigeria violence: Islamist gunmen kill hundreds after opening fire in busy village market

Hundreds of people were killed when Islamic militants opened fire in a busy market in north-east Nigeria, it has emerged, as violence in the region intensified.

As many as 300 people are thought to have been slaughtered in the remote town of Gamboru Ngala. Gunmen burnt homes and shops to the ground during the 12-hour raid on Monday night, a government minister said.

Residents who tried to flee the flames were gunned down or had their throats cut, according to federal senator Ahmed Zannah.

He said hundreds had been killed but that he was still waiting for more details from the military authorities.

Mr Zannah blamed Boko Haram – the group behind the kidnapping of 267 schoolgirls last month – for the attack.

The latest mass killings will increase pressure on Nigeria to deal with the Islamic insurrection in the north of the country. Boko Haram has killed thousands of Muslims and Christians in the past five years. This year alone, more than 1,500 people have died. ...
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PostPosted: 08-05-2014 16:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goodluck Jonathan was on the news predicting this cult's days were numbered now Nigeria was getting outside assistance. Hope he's right.
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PostPosted: 09-05-2014 00:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

A spokesman on Radio 4 this morning made the interesting point that this was not a football match and we shouldn't expect continuous commentary.
I think he has a good case. While the news demands continuous updates, tipping off the culprits or making them aware of the scope of investigation may prove to do more harm than good.

Our appetite for news feed can work both ways.
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PostPosted: 11-05-2014 00:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Goodluck Jonathan was on the news predicting this cult's days were numbered now Nigeria was getting outside assistance. Hope he's right.


I'd hope so too, apart from the fact that Goodluck and Patience are appalling kleptocrats, who would rather bring the weight of the 'law', such as it is in Nigeria, against the masses demonstrating outside his palace and government buildings over this latest audacious BH act, rather than engage in any meaningful counter-insurgency campaign against the various factions in the north of the country, of which admittedly BH is just the most active at present. I have no answers on the wider African question, i mean fuck me, who does?, but money being diverted to the Nigerian govt will surely end up being spent on his football team, burger chain or vodka company.

Boots on the ground by all means, whether thats the Pan African Defence Force, or just the good old Foreign Legion, but a handful of US led military advisers really won't cut it. The Nigerian army is essentially a turd, and refuses to be polished...
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PostPosted: 12-05-2014 11:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nigeria kidnapped girls 'shown' in new Boko Haram video

The BBC's John Simpson says the video, which shows more than 100 girls in hijabs, could be the first step in a negotiated settlement

A new video released by Islamist militants Boko Haram claims to show around 100 girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria last month.

The group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, said they would be held until all imprisoned militants had been freed.

He said the girls had converted to Islam. The video, released on Monday, claims to show them praying.

Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from northern Nigeria on 14 April and threatened to sell them.

The BBC's John Simpson in the northern city of Maiduguri said Boko Haram's comments showed signs that the group was willing to negotiate.

Three of the girls are shown speaking in the 17-minute video, obtained by French news agency AFP, wearing the full-length hijab.

Two girls say they were Christian and have converted to Islam, while the other says she is Muslim.

"These girls, these girls you occupy yourselves with... we have indeed liberated them. These girls have become Muslims," Abubakar Shekau says in the video.

It is thought the majority of the abducuted girls are Christians, although there are a number of Muslims among them.

Correspondents said the girls appeared calm and one said that they had not been harmed.

There is no indication of when or where the video was taken.

It is estimated to show about 130 girls - just under half of the 276 pupils abducted from their school in the northern state of Borno.

Our correspondent says this could mean the group has been split into smaller groups to help avoid detection.

Boko Haram had previously admitted to kidnapping the girls.
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Nigeria soldiers 'fire at army commander in Maiduguri'

Soldiers in Nigeria have opened fire on their commander in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses say.

Maj-Gen Ahmed Mohammed escaped unhurt after soldiers shot at his car at the Maimalari barracks, the sources said.

The soldiers blamed him for the killing of their colleagues in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram militants.

Meanwhile, Nigeria's president has ruled out freeing Boko Haram prisoners in exchange for the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

Visiting British minister Mark Simmonds drew another red line. He said that once the crisis was over, it was important there was no impunity for those who had committed this criminal act.

In other words, Abubacar Shekau and other Boko Haram members involved in the kidnapping should be arrested. These red lines will make holding any sort of talks between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram very difficult, to say the least.

A government minister had earlier said authorities were ready to negotiate with Boko Haram, but President Goodluck Jonathan insisted on Wednesday that this was out of the question.

"He made it very clear that there will be no negotiation with Boko Haram that involves a swap of abducted schoolgirls for prisoners," said British Africa Minister Mark Simmonds after meeting Mr Jonathan in the capital, Abuja, to discuss an international recue mission for the girls.

Their kidnapping in Borno state on 14 April has caused international outrage, and foreign teams of experts are in the country to assist the security forces in tracking them down.

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Army spokesman Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade described the incident in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, as an internal matter and said there was no need for public concern.

But the shooting shows that morale within the army is low as it battles Boko Haram, says BBC Nigeria analyst Naziru Mikailu.
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From the Independent.

Nigeria schoolgirls kidnap: ‘Scores’ of Boko Haram killed after villagers launch vigilante ambush

Locals have taken matters into their own hands because they felt the military was not doing enough to stem attacks by the Islamic militants
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From the Independent.

Nigeria schoolgirls kidnap: ‘Scores’ of Boko Haram killed after villagers launch vigilante ambush

Locals have taken matters into their own hands because they felt the military was not doing enough to stem attacks by the Islamic militants


Interesting that the villagers took prisoners. In a previous report here locals had captured BH members who were then killed by the Army in site of the villagers protests.
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Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Kano suicide attack

A man checks the wreckage of a car at the scene of a suicide blast at the predominantly Christian Sabon Gari neighbourhood in Kano, northern Nigeria.

The bars in Sabon Gari have been attacked several times in recent years

A suicide blast in a street full of bars and restaurants in the northern Nigerian city of Kano has killed four people, police say.

One of those killed was a girl aged 12, they say.

Witnesses say the explosion was caused by a bomb in a car in the mainly Christian area of Sabon Gari.

The area has previously been targeted by Boko Haram Islamist militants but it is the first attack on Nigeria's second biggest city for several months.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram attacks this year but the government has said it has pushed the militants back into their strongholds in the north-eastern Borno state.

This is where they seized more than 200 girls last month, in a case which shocked the world and prompted foreign powers to send military advisors to assist Nigeria's army tackle the insurgency.

School girls abducted by Boko Haram (May 2014)
A video emerged last week showing about 130 of the girls wearing hijabs and reciting Koranic verses
Scene of a suspected Boko Haram suicide attack on a bus stop in the city of Kano in March 2013
At least 22 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack blamed on Boko Haram at a bus stop in Kano in March last year
The street in Sabon Gari was full of revellers and street hawkers when a car exploded.

The BBC's Will Ross in Nigeria says that Sunday's blast was so powerful that all that remains of the car is its engine. The blast could be heard from several miles away.

"At about 22:00 [21:00 GMT], we heard an explosion and immediately mobilised to the scene where we discovered a suicide bomber... Five people, including the bomber, were killed," Kano Police Commissioner Adelere Shinaba said.

He said that the victims were "three men and a girl of about 12".

Kano is the largest city in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria.

The bars and alcohol-sellers in its Sabon Gari area have been targeted on numerous other occasions. ...
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Nigeria bombings: 'Death toll passes 100'

The BBC's Will Ross: "For the last two years Jos has been fairly free of attacks"

The bodies of at least 118 people have now been recovered from the sites of twin bombings in the central Nigerian city of Jos, the nation's emergency management agency says.

The first blast was in a busy market, the second outside a nearby hospital.

No group has said it was behind the attack but Boko Haram militants have carried out a spate of recent bombings.

Jos has also seen deadly clashes between Christian and Muslim groups in recent years.

A spokesperson for the regional governor told AFP news agency that most of the victims were women. The market and bus terminal are part of the commercial centre of Jos.

The second blast was some 30 minutes after the first and killed some rescue workers.

Journalist Hassan Ibrahim told the BBC that tension was rising in the area, with youths blocking some roads. Religious leaders are appealing for calm.

National Emergency Management Agency coordinator Mohammed Abdulsalam said: "We've now recovered 118 bodies from the rubble. This could rise by morning, as there is still some rubble we haven't shifted." He said 56 people were injured. ...
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Nigeria violence: 'Boko Haram kill 17' in village attack

The BBC's Will Ross says the spate of attacks is "extremely ruthless"

The Islamist group Boko Haram has been accused of killing at least 17 people in an attack on a village in north-east Nigeria, close to where hundreds of schoolgirls were seized.

It comes a day after 118 people died in a double bombing in the central city of Jos, also blamed on Boko Haram.

In the latest attack, Boko Haram fighters reportedly spent hours killing and looting in the village of Alagarno.

Alagarno is near Chibok, from where the schoolgirls were abducted last month.

The abductions of more than 200 girls caused international outrage and prompted foreign powers to send military advisers to assist Nigeria's army.

People in north-east Nigeria are extremely vulnerable to attacks because many areas are no-go zones for the military and the insurgents operate freely, correspondents say. ...
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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'targets village vigilantes'

Villagers have been forming vigilante groups to protect their communities from militant attacks

Militants in Nigeria have raided three villages and killed those they accused of being anti-Boko Haram vigilantes, residents have told the BBC.

More than 30 people were killed in the attacks overnight into Friday in north-eastern Borno state, they said.

The raids took place as the UN Security Council approved sanctions against the Islamist group.

Nigerian officials say President Goodluck Jonathan is due to travel to South Africa for discussions with other African heads of state on combating terrorism in Africa following on from last weekend's summit hosted by France.

Earlier his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, said African presidents should take responsibility for their failures and resolve their own conflicts together.

"I find that our leaders, who should have been working together all along to address these problems that only affect their countries, wait until they are invited to go to Europe. Why does anybody wait for that? What image does it even give about Africa?" he said.

'Military alerted'

Residents from two of the villages that came under attack said militants had arrived in a convoy and gathered the men of the community together.

They accused them of being members of vigilante groups and killed them all, one villager from Moforo in Marte district who escaped across the border to Cameroon told the BBC Hausa service.

They then burnt down all the shops in the market, leaving the villagers destitute, he said.

Correspondents say that most villages have formed vigilante groups to try to protect their communities from militant attacks.

A resident of Kimbi village in Biu district said the villagers contacted the security forces to alert them to their attack, but were told it was not an area under military control so they could not be helped. ...
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Deadly blast hits Nigerian city of Jos

An explosion in the central Nigerian city of Jos has killed at least three people in a suicide attack, police say.

Police said the blast happened near an open-air TV viewing centre where people were watching the Champions League football final.

No group has said it carried out the attack.

However it comes days after a twin car bomb attack blamed on Boko Haram militants killed 118 people in Jos.

A spokesman for Plateau state governor Jonah Jang said the latest blast happened on Bauchi Road at about 21:30 local time (20:30 GMT). ...
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