A Boko Haram anti-aircraft gun seized by the Nigerian military at Monguno. A Nigerian border village has been bombed with at least 30 civilians dead, following a week of gains against the Islamist group by the  military forces.    Photograph:  Nigerian military handouts/AFP/Getty Images

An estimated 30 civilians were killed when an unidentified airplane dropped a bomb on a Nigerian border village, military sources based nearby in Nige(...)

File photograph of Nigerian police. Nigerian officials report that a female suicide bomber has attacked a crowded bus station in the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu, killing 10 people and wounding 30.  File photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

A female suicide bomber has attacked a crowded bus station in the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu, killing 10 people and wounding 30, Nigerian p(...)

Bombing: burnt bikes outside the central mosque in Kano in November, after two suicide blasts. Photograph: Aminu Abubakar/AFP
Who can stop Boko Haram?
  • Africa
  • January 31, 2015, 01:00

It was Friday, January 20th, 2012, in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s predominately Muslim north, and prayers at mosques had drawn to an end. Resi(...)

An image made from a video released on Wednesday  by the Al-Malahem media which is affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The image purports to show AQAP prominent commander Nasr al-Ansi claiming the group’s responsibility for attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. EPA/AL-MALAHEM MEDIA /HANDOUT 0:47

Al-Qaeda in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, saying it was for insulting the Prophet Moham(...)

Campaigners shout slogans during a rally in Abuja,  calling for the release of the Chibok school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on fre(...)

Campaigners from “#Bring Back Our Girls” march during a rally yesterday calling for the release of the Abuja school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants, in Abuja. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Nigeria’s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate ceasefire. But many people expressed doubts about a developme(...)

Rachel Daniel (35) holds up a picture of her abducted daughter Rose Daniel (17) as her son Bukar (7) sits beside her at her home in Maiduguri. Nigeria’s government has reached a deal with Islamic militant group Boko Haram for a cease-fire and the release of around 200 girls kidnapped six months ago from a school in the northeast town of Chibok.  Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Nigeria has said it has agreed a truce with Islamist militants Boko Haram and reached a deal for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by(...)

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 (...)

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks at an unknown location in this still image taken from an undated video released by Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. Photograph: Reuters

When Washington imposed sanctions in June 2012 on Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, he dismissed it as an empty gesture.Two years later, Shekau’s sce(...)

Members of the women’s wing of the Nigerian All Progessive Party protest over the government’s failure to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in Lagos earlier this week. Photograph: EPA

The Nigerian government has signalled it is ready to negotiate with the Islamist militants who are holding more than 200 schoolgirls captive, as inter(...)