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Nigerian Shiite group demands exhumation after deadly clashes

Kaduna - The mass grave lies just outside the city of Kaduna in northern Nigeria, but apart from the recently turned ochre soil there's nothing to indicate what might lie beneath.

Nigeria, France step up joint fight against Boko Haram

Abuja - Nigeria and France on Thursday signed an agreement on closer military cooperation, including intelligence sharing, to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

Amnesty accuses Nigeria's military over deadly Shiite clashes

Lagos - Amnesty International on Friday accused Nigeria's military of deliberately shooting dead more than 350 Shiite Muslims, burying them in mass graves and destroying evidence of the crime.

Nigeria uncovers 17,000 more civil service ghost workers

Lagos - Nigeria has uncovered 17,000 more ghost workers on the civil service payroll, the country's anti-corruption body said on Wednesday, taking the number of fictitious employees to more than 37,000.

Impact on Boko Haram unclear after splinter group leader held

Kano - Nigeria's security services have hailed the arrest of the leader of the Boko Haram splinter group Ansaru, Khalid al-Barnawi, saying it will lead to them to other senior Islamist commanders.

Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls: Gone two years

Lagos - Here is a snapshot of main events since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria two years ago.

Nigeria cautious over 'proof of life' Chibok girls video

Lagos - Nigeria's government on Thursday said it was studying a "proof of life" video showing 15 of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, as parents and their supporters marked the second anniversary of the kidnapping.

Hashtag fail? #BringBackOurGirls two years on

Lagos - More than a week after 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the remote northeast Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014, a lawyer posted the first #BringBackOurGirls tweet.

Nigerian radio joins the fight against Boko Haram

Kano - When Boko Haram Islamists raided a remote village on Nigeria's northeastern border with Niger last year, frightened and confused residents fled into the bush to escape the marauding attackers.

Rehabilitation camp for Boko Haram fighters to open in April

Lagos - A rehabilitation camp for hundreds of Boko Haram Islamists who have surrendered to the Nigerian military is set to open later in April, a military spokesman told AFP on Friday.

Top Ansaru jihadist captured in central Nigeria

Abuja - In Nigeria, security forces busted Khalid al-Barnawi, leader of former Boko Haram faction Ansaru, according to reliable sources in that country.

Bring back our school: Anger in Chibok over lack of education

Kuda - There's not much left of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram kidnapped 276 teenagers in the dead of night nearly two years ago.

Leader of Ansaru jihadist group arrested in Nigeria

Kano - The leader of Nigeria's Ansaru jihadist group, a Boko Haram splinter group ideologically aligned to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, has been arrested, an army spokesman said on Sunday.

Nigeria's Boko Haram releases new video denying surrender

Kano - Boko Haram released a new video Friday denying any suggestion it might surrender, just over a week after shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a rare message looking dejected and frail.

Boko Haram seized 300 children in second 2014 school attack: locals, HRW

Kano - Boko Haram seized hundreds of children from a remote town in northeast Nigeria in late 2014 but initial calls to report the kidnapping were ignored with locals fearful of the government's response, residents told AFP on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Anti-Israel RFE/RL Facebook message may inspire terrorists

U.S. taxpayer-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) posted an anti-Israel Facebook message which may inspire terrorists to violence against innocent civilians.

Nigeria checking if would-be bomber is captured Chibok girl

Lagos - Nigeria is waiting for the green light from Cameroon to verify a would-be suicide bomber's claim that she is one of 276 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.

Defending Nigeria's last elephants against poachers

- For years, blacksmith Hashimu Abdullahi was making guns for ivory poachers and hunters invading the Yankari Game Reserve, one of the last wildlife areas home to elephants in Nigeria. The five-kilogram (11-pound), 1.

Nigerian troops free 800 Boko Haram hostages: army

Lagos - Nigerian troops have freed more than 800 people held by Boko Haram Islamist fighters in multiple villages in the country's restive northeast, the army said Thursday.

Boko Haram's Shekau reappears looking dejected in new video

Kano - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appeared on video for the first time in more than a year on Thursday, rejecting rumours about his death but appearing to signal his time in charge of the Nigerian jihadist group may be coming to an end.
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