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Sahel jihadists resorting to soft targets: French commander

Ndjame - The commander of a French anti-jihadist force in Africa's northern Sahel says Islamist insurgents are hitting soft targets elsewhere after losing the initiative in the region.

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.

Alarming rise in child suicide bombers used by Boko Haram: UN

Libreville - The number of children used by Nigeria's Boko Haram to stage suicide bombings has risen more than 10-fold in one of the most "horrific" aspects of the Islamist insurgency, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Death toll in Nigeria suicide bombing rises to 25

Lagos - The death toll in a suicide attack by female bombers at a mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri has risen to 25, a regional official said Thursday.

Two suicide bombers kill 22 in Maiduguri, NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - At least 22 people were killed in a twin suicide bombing at a mosque in northeast Nigeria Wednesday, prompting condemnation from President Muhammadu Buhari and stoking fresh fears about security.

Trade seen as key to return to normality in NE Nigeria

Kano - The annual rains are approaching in northeast Nigeria but with farmers having fled the Boko Haram conflict and their fields fallow, it's feared another planting season will come and go.

Little to show in Boko Haram-IS partnership: Analysts

Lagos - When Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria last year, there were fears the deadly insurgency in northeast Nigeria would take on an international dimension.

Spanish police seize 20,000 military uniforms bound for jihadists

Madrid - Spanish police said Thursday they have seized about 20,000 military uniforms, "enough to equip an entire army", which were destined for jihadist groups operating in Syria and Iraq.

Nigeria army foils Boko Haram attack: Military

Lagos - Nigeria's troops have a foiled a planned Boko Haram attack on a camp of displaced people in the northeastern town of Dikwa, previously targeted by the insurgents, the military said.

30 dead in two Nigeria village raids: Vigilantes

Kano - At least 30 people have been killed in fresh Boko Haram raids on two villages in northeast Nigeria, vigilantes told AFP Saturday, again calling into question President Muhammadu Buhari's claim that Nigeria had largely defeated the jihadist group.

Security fears for Boko Haram displaced after Nigeria bombings

Lagos - Suicide bombings that killed 58 at a camp for those who fled Boko Haram have raised doubts about the true extent of Nigeria's grip on security in the troubled northeast and its policy of returning the displaced.

Battlefield surgery: Treating survivors of Boko Haram

Maiduguri - A toddler not yet out of nappies lies motionless in a hospital ward, her skin seared red raw by burns. A 12-year-old boy opposite her nurses the bandaged stump where his right hand used to be.

58 die in Nigeria suicide bomb attacks

Maiduguri - Two female suicide bombers killed at least 58 at a camp for people made homeless by Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the remote region.

Ready to return? Boko Haram displaced reluctant to go home

Maiduguri - Bitrus Yakubu has an uplifting story about how he was reunited with his pregnant wife weeks after they were separated fleeing from Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria. His wife, Maryam, then gave birth to twins Grace and Sidi seven months ago.

Seven arrested in Spain over suspected jihad links

Madrid - Spanish police said they arrested seven people on Sunday with suspected links to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State groups and uncovered an operation to smuggle arms to jihadists under the guise of humanitarian aid.

The grave-diggers of Maiduguri: burying Boko Haram and the past

Maiduguri - Even the dead weren't safe from Boko Haram when the Islamist insurgency erupted in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri nearly seven years ago.

Egypt court overturns death sentences for 149 pro-Islamists

Cairo - An Egyptian appeals court overturned on Wednesday death sentences for 149 pro-Islamists accused of killing policemen in a mob attack on their station, a judicial source said.

85 people killed in weekend Boko Haram attack near Maiduguri

Maiduguri - At least 85 people were killed in a weekend attack by Boko Haram insurgents in a village near the restive north-east Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a state commissioner said on Monday.

NE Nigeria suicide bombing 'kills 10'

Kano - A child suicide bomber blew himself up in a market in northeast Nigeria Friday, killing at least 10 people, witnesses said, the latest bloodshed to hit the region, which is plagued by Islamist violence.

Islamists, far-right on rise in Germany: Security service

Berlin - Germany's domestic intelligence service warned Wednesday of a rise in the number of radical Islamists, as well as of far-right extremists furious over a mass influx of mostly Muslim refugees.

Nigeria suicide blasts 'kill 13' in Chibok

Kano - At least 13 people were killed on Wednesday when three suicide bombers blew themselves up in the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok, where Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls.
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Students of Cairo University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, shout slogans against the military and interior ministry during a demonstration in front of riot police at the main gate of the university around Al Nahda square in Cairo November 24, 2013, to commemorate the passing of 100 days since security forces cleared the vigils in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi at Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive information from officials on May 5, 2014
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive inform...
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials on May 5, 2014
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Armed Iraqi tribesmen trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes bat...
Armed Iraqi tribesmen trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi
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Students of Cairo University  who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian Presi...
Students of Cairo University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, shout slogans against the military during a demonstration in front of the university in Cairo
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Gunmen kill at least 120 in attacks claimed by IS group
Gunmen kill at least 120 in attacks claimed by IS group
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Students of Cairo University  who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian Presi...
Students of Cairo University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, shout slogans against the military and interior ministry
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Islamists supported by Turkey execute Armenian Christians near Kessab  Syria in April  2014  echoing...
Islamists supported by Turkey execute Armenian Christians near Kessab, Syria in April, 2014, echoing the Armenian Genocide
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Main City University building in Northampton Square, London
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