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PostPosted: 02-07-2014 12:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Missing Nigeria schoolgirls: Businessman and two women with suspected Boko Haram links arrested

More than 200 of the kidnapped schoolgirls are still in captivity

Several suspected Boko Haram collaborators have been arrested for involvement in the kidnapping of almost 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

Among them is a businessman, Babuji Ya’ari, based in Maiduguri who allegedly helped the Islamist insurgents plan several attacks and murders under the cover of a pro-government vigilante group fighting Boko Haram.

Two women were also arrested, with one accused of coordinating payments to other “operatives”.

A defence spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, said Ya’ari used his membership of the pro-government group “as a cover, while remaining an active terrorist”.

“His main role in the group is to spy and gather information for the terrorists,” he added.

The Major General claimed the man had coordinated several deadly attacks in Maiduguri since 2011 and was involved in the killing of a traditional ruler, the Emir of Gwoza. ...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/missing-nigeria-schoolgirls-businessman-and-two-women-with-suspected-boko-haram-links-arrested-9577920.html
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PostPosted: 06-07-2014 17:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Supernatural snakes and bees are attacking Boko Haram

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http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-28034240

The Nigerian Army is struggling to flush Boko Haram Islamist fighters out of their forest fastness, but it seems snakes may be doing the job for them.

Two suspected Boko Haram gunmen captured by local volunteers in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, said they had fled the Sambisa Forest because of "incessant snake bites", the Vanguard newspaper reports.

One of the suspects, Kolo Mustapha, said bees have also been known to join in the attacks, often leaving their victims fatally injured. Some of his fellow-fighters think there is a supernatural aspect to the attacks, fearing that Boko Haram's victims are wreaking vengeance on their killers. Mustapha said he was caught because, like many others, he was trying to sneak back into town "as we have nowhere else to go". "Our leaders have fled to Cameroon," he added, saying they had forced local youths to join the group.

The other captive, Umar Abor, said "almost all our comrades are leaving the Sambisa because of constant attacks by snakes and bees". Many accuse Boko Haram leaders of having brought the plague upon themselves by kidnapping and killing civilians. The Civilian JTF volunteers agree that fighters have been fleeing the forest in growing numbers over the past two weeks, and were helping the security forces find weapons caches.
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50 rebels killed as Boko Haram raid repelled

At least 50 alleged insurgents were killed during clashes with Nigerian soldiers as security forces repelled an attack on a military base in the north-eastern state of Borno.

Six soldiers, including the commanding officer, died in the assault on the base and a nearby police station in the town of Damboa, a statement from Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said.

The daring move appeared to be a reprisal attack after a punishing air raid 24 hours earlier caused Boko Haram Islamic extremists to suffer heavy casualties, according to an officer who requested anonymity because he is not allowed to give information to reporters.

Modu Gwasha, member of a civilian defence group that fought alongside the soldiers, alleged that Boko Haram extremists burned several military vehicles during the assault, including two tanks. He added that he saw the corpses of at least 10 soldiers and five police officers.

Security forces have recently come under fire from some Nigerians who accuse the government of doing nothing to curb the increase in violence.

Previous attacks on military bases in the northeast have sent soldiers fleeing for safety.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/50-rebels-killed-as-boko-haram-raid-repelled-274480.html
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PostPosted: 22-07-2014 21:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boko getting bolder.

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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'controls' Damboa in Borno

Boko Haram's insurgency has become more brutal in the past year

Nigeria's militant Islamists are in control of the key town of Damboa in north-eastern Nigeria, a local vigilante leader has told the BBC.

The vigilante force defending the town fled on Sunday, and Islamist group Boko Haram's black flag is now flying over Damboa, he said.

At least 40 people were killed when Boko Haram attacked Damboa on Friday, the vigilante leader added.

The group has been fighting since 2009 to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.

In April, it sparked international outrage by abducting more than 200 girls from their boarding school in Chibok, in Borno state, like Damboa.

Nigerian soldiers stand guard at the offices of the state-run Nigerian Television Authority in Maiduguri, Nigeria - June 2013
The military is said to lack the equipment to fight Boko Haram
Rally in support of missing girls in Lagos, Nigeria. 5 May 2014
A global campaign has been waged to secure the release of the girls
The BBC's Chris Ewokor in the capital, Abuja, says when Boko Haram seized towns and villages in the past, it was driven out by the military.

However, government forces have failed to launch an offensive to recapture Damboa, he says.

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It is one of the biggest towns in Borno state and a busy trading centre for people from neighbouring villages.

Military spokesman Chris Olukolade said government forces were "firming up" their deployment to the area. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28406645
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PostPosted: 27-07-2014 19:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks as if BH are intent on becoming the ISIS of West Africa.

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'Boko Haram' abducts Cameroon politician's wife

The Cameroonian military says members of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have abducted the wife of the country's deputy prime minister in the northern Cameroonian town of Kolofata.

A local religious leader and mayor was also abducted from the same town.

Separately, at least five people in northern Nigeria were killed in a blast - residents suspect Boko Haram.

Boko Haram has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks, as the army was deployed to the region.

Militants have kidnapped foreign nationals in northern Cameroon before, including a French family and Chinese workers.

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The wife of Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali and her maid were taken in "a savage attack" on his home by Boko Haram militants on Sunday, Information Minister Issa Tchiroma said.

But Mr Ali, who was breaking his fast for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the time of the attack, managed to escape to a neighbouring town, regional commander Col Feliz Nji Formekong told the Reuters news agency.

"The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you, the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers," he added.

A local politician and his family were also abducted in a separate attack.

Meanwhile, Nigerian police say five people were killed when a bomb was thrown at worshippers as they were leaving a church in Nigeria's main northern city of Kano on Sunday.

A young female suicide bomber also wounded five police officers as she rushed towards them and blew herself up in a separate incident, they add. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28509530
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PostPosted: 08-08-2014 00:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another attack in Cameroon. Be interesting to see if BH declare a West African Caliphate.

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'Islamist militants' kill 10 in northern Cameroon

Militants with suspected ties to Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram have killed 10 people in a raid on a remote village in north Cameroon, police say.

Nine bus passengers and a soldier were shot dead after coming "face-to-face" with heavily armed militants in Zigague, they add.

The son of a local chief was kidnapped in the attack, local media reports.

Boko Haram, based in north-eastern Nigeria, has intensified cross-border raids into Cameroon in recent weeks.

It follows the deployment of more than 1,000 soldiers to Cameroon's long and porous border with Nigeria last month, in a bid to prevent such attacks.

"A group of people we think are linked with Boko Haram made an incursion this afternoon in Zigague. They blocked the road and opened fire," a police officer told AFP news agency.

The villagers were killed when the militants were confronted by Cameroonian soldiers, according to local media. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28684302
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PostPosted: 10-08-2014 19:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

A really depressing development.

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Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria's female bombers strike

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram is accused of unleashing a new weapon of war - the female suicide bomber, fuelling concern that its insurgency has entered a more ruthless phase.

Four of them - all teenage girls - carried out attacks in the biggest northern city, Kano, last week, leading to social media sites going viral with speculation - dismissed as unfounded by the government - that Boko Haram had turned some of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in April into human bombs.

At the same time, government spokesman Mike Omeri said the security forces had arrested three people in neighbouring Katsina state - including two girls aged 10 and 18 - with explosive belts strapped around them.

Nigeria's first female bomber - a middle-aged woman - struck in June: Riding a motorcycle, she went to a military barracks in the north-eastern city of Gombe, where she detonated her explosives while being searched at a checkpoint, killing one soldier. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28657085
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PostPosted: 17-08-2014 12:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

BH are truly the ISIS of West Africa.

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Chadian soldiers 'rescue 85 Nigerians from Boko Haram'

Reports are emerging of the rescue by Chadian troops of some 85 Nigerian villagers abducted earlier this week by suspected Boko Haram militants.

A Nigerian security official told AFP that they had intercepted a convoy of buses transporting gunmen and the villagers in a routine security check.

Neither the Nigerian or Chadian militaries have confirmed the reports.

Boko Haram is accused of kidnapping hundreds of people in the north-east of Nigeria, and neighbouring Cameroon.

The group, which wants to create an Islamic state in the region, sparked international outcry when they abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in April in Nigeria's remote down of Chibok in Borno state. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28824379
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PostPosted: 29-08-2014 11:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is Boko Haram Teaming Up With ISIS for a Super Caliphate?

A video released by the Islamist militants in Nigeria prompts questions about Boko Haram's plans.

Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group with a foothold in northeastern Nigeria that's known for its mass kidnappings and violent tactics, released a video earlier this month making an unprecedented claim: The group announced it had added the city of Gwoza to "the Islamic caliphate."

Experts are unsure about the exact meaning of this claim, which was issued by Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau. There are at least two possibilities: The group has declared its own caliphate in Nigeria, or it has pledged allegiance to ISIS—that is, the so-called Islamic State run by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

Shekau's speech was relatively vague, but Brian Michael Jenkins, a terrorism expert at the RAND Corporation, thinks it's more likely that he was throwing in with ISIS—though "it's not entirely clear." Jenkins speculated that the wording of Shekau's statement, citing "the" Islamic caliphate, paired with Shekau's praise of Baghdadi (both in the video and earlier statements) suggests an attempt to link Boko Haram with ISIS. "If the leader of Boko Haram is saying his area is part of the Islamic State," Jenkins says, "he agrees that Baghdadi is the caliph…or the sole leader of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims."

There is a "sense of solidarity" between the groups, says Mark Schroeder, an Africa Analyst for Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm. He suggested that the video is "good for public relations" and might attract further attention to Boko Haram, given the success ISIS has had in the Middle East. ...

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/boko-haram-teaming-isis-super-caliphate
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PostPosted: 03-09-2014 00:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another worrying development to say nothing of the fact that BH travel around in armoured trucks.

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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'seize' Bama town in Borno

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has seized the key north-eastern town of Bama after fierce fighting with government forces, residents say.

Thousands of civilians have fled the town, along with soldiers, they added.

The military has not yet officially commented on the claim that it has lost control of Bama, the second biggest town in Borno state.

Last month, Boko Haram said it had established an Islamic state in areas it controls in north-eastern Nigeria.

If confirmed, the capture of Bama would be an extremely significant development and would raise concerns that Boko Haram's next target will be Maiduguri, the state capital about 70km (45 miles) away, says BBC Hausa service editor Mansur Liman in the capital, Abuja.

It would be the biggest town under Boko Haram control.

Residents told BBC Hausa that Boko Haram captured Bama after heavy fighting on Sunday and Monday.

The military had initially repelled Boko Haram's assault, but the group returned with reinforcements to seize the town, the residents said.

The militants, who travelled in armoured trucks, first took control of the military barracks, they added.

Soldiers and residents fled on foot, many of them walking all the way to Maiduguri, residents told the BBC. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29021037
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Towns seized by Boko Haram as soldiers flee

Nigeria’s Islamic extremists of Boko Haram have seized more towns along Nigeria’s northeastern border with Cameroon and are adopting a new strategy of encouraging civilians to stay, witnesses said, as the militants pursue their new aim to carve out an "Islamic caliphate" under their black and white flag.

Nigerian army soldiers fled when hundreds of insurgents in stolen military armoured personnel carriers, trucks and motorcycles attacked Gulak, an administrative headquarters of Adamawa state, said resident Michael Kirshinga, who also ran away.

The nearby towns of Duhu, Shuwa, Kirshinga and others also fell in assaults over Friday night and Saturday, witnesses said.

Further north, soldiers fought off rebels advancing on Saturday on Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, headquarters of the military campaign against the insurgency and the birthplace of Boko Haram.

The military attacked the rebels’ camp at a village outside Kondudga, just 25 miles from Maiduguri.

Thunderous heavy gunfire could be heard in Maiduguri throughout the weekend, instilling fear in already panicked residents. Hundreds fled the city even before hearing the frightening sounds of battle.

The soldiers killed dozens of the extremists outside Konduga, said a member of the vigilante group that fights alongside the military. The soldiers were sent to retake the town of Bama, which fell to Boko Haram a week ago, but stopped at Konduga and refused to advance, said a vigilante commander.

Bama is littered with bodies, residents who fled the town said. The extremists were killing men, but sparing women and children, they said. ...

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/towns-seized-by-boko-haram-as-soldiers-flee-285337.html
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PostPosted: 14-09-2014 20:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nigerian soldiers kill scores of Islamic extremists

An officer and other witnesses say soldiers killed scores of Islamic extremists in a rare victory as the insurgents advanced on a town near the north-east Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

One officer said a feared Boko Haram commander was among some 200 militants killed in a battle Friday in Konduga town, 22 miles (35km) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and birthplace of the extremist group. ...
- See more at: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/africa/nigerian-soldiers-kill-scores-of-islamic-extremists-30584065.html#sthash.4odEBvpd.dpuf
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PostPosted: 17-09-2014 22:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another atrocity. They really hate and fear education.

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Boko Haram: Nigeria teacher training college attacked

Gunmen have attacked a teacher training college in the Nigerian city of Kano, with officials saying at least 15 people have been killed.Another 34 people were injured. The attackers exchanged fire with police outside the college before running inside.

It is not clear who was responsible, although suspicion will fall on militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009. Officials said two suicide bombers also died in the attack.

"We heard several shots from the gate area and after a few minutes we heard an explosion at the [lecture] theatre," lecturer Sanusi Umar told Reuters. "The attackers were wearing suits and were running and shooting everywhere," he added. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29244107
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Boko Haram militants have attacked a rural market in the north-east Nigerian town of Mainok, killing dozens of people, officials and witnesses say. Gunmen shot at traders and customers as they raided the busy market for food supplies on Friday. The number of casualties is not yet clear, with some reports suggesting as many as 30 people were killed.

Boko Haram has taken control of a series of towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria in recent weeks. ...

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Twenty-seven people including 10 Chinese workers held for months by suspected Boko Haram militants have arrived in Cameroon's capital. The hostages were flown to Yaounde from the country's far northern region after being freed early on Saturday. They include the wife of Cameroon's Vice-Prime Minister, Amadou Ali. They were seized in two separate raids in May and July close to the Nigeria border. It is not clear how their release was secured.

Boko Haram is seeking to establish an Islamist state in Nigeria but its fighters often cross the long and porous border with Cameroon. Many Nigerian civilians in border towns have fled to Cameroon to escape militant attacks, which have been stepped up in recent months.

In July, Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger agreed to form a 2,800-strong regional force to tackle Boko Haram militants. ...

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