Boko Haram has killed thousands of people and kidnapped hundreds in its bid to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. In recent months, it has targeted Cameroon and Niger as it seeks to expand its zone of operations. File photograph of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. Photograph: Reuters TV

Cameroon’s army has freed 24 of some 80 hostages kidnapped during a cross-border attack by suspected Boko Haram Islamist fighters based in neighbourin(...)

Thousands of protesters gather after Friday prayers to protest at the depiction of the prophet Mohammed in the latest edition of the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Four people have been killed in protests turned violent in Niger, after French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published more cartoon images of the p(...)

A picture dated 22nd June 2013 shows Serge Lazarevic’s daughter, Diane (centre) holding a portrait of her father as she participates in a rally to demand release of hostages after 1,000 days of detention, in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande announced the liberation of France’s last remaining hostage, Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, who had been captured in Mali in November 2011 by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI). Photograph: Marlene Awaad/EPA

President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that the last French citizen held hostage, a 50-year-old man seized in 2011 by Al Qaeda’s north African ar(...)

Gunmen have freed more than 200 prisoners in Nigeria’s latest jailbreak, according to police.

Gunmen have freed more than 200 prisoners in Nigeria’s latest jailbreak, according to police.Officers recaptured at least 10 escapees from the medium (...)

Bomb detection experts and soldiers at the scene of an explosion at a police station in Kano earlier in November. Female suicide bombers also attacked a school in the city last June. Photograph: Reuters

Two female suicide bombers killed at least 21 people on Tuesday in a busy market area of Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, centre of a militan(...)

 Thirty teenage girls and boys have been kidnapped since Wednesday from villages around Mafa town. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Dozens of girls and young women are being abducted by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an announced ceasefire and the (...)

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, September 2014. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

A group of nine United Nations peacekeepers in Mali were killed in an ambush on their convoy today, the deadliest attack on the UN mission in Mali ye(...)

African Union (AU) soldiers from Uganda rest in the town of Kurtunwarey in Somalia. Somali government and AU troops have been engaging al-Shabaab militants as part of their military offensive dubbed ‘Indian Ocean’ aiming to oust the Islamist militant groupfrom its last major hideouts in the southern parts of the country. Photograph: AP Photo/Tobin Jones/African Union Mission to Somalia

The United States conducted a suspected drone strike in southern Somalia targeting senior leaders of the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab as the Pen(...)

Refugees gather in an internally displaced persons camp which was set up for Nigerians fleeing the violence committed against them by Boko Haram. Photograph: Samuel Ini/Reuters.

Islamist Boko Haram insurgents overran most of a northeastern Nigerian town today after hours of fighting that killed scores and displaced thousands (...)

Shell Cawtharine channels at Awoba in the Niger Delta on March 22nd, 2013. Photograph: Getty

The “systemic failure” of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the widespread oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded “sh(...)