Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said news of the captives’ release “fills us with joy”. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun kidnapped in northern Cameroon in early April by suspected Boko Haram gunmen have been released, Cameroon’s com(...)

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan last month extended a state of emergency in areas worst affected by the Islamist insurgency. Photograph: Kevin Coombs/Reuters.

Nigeria’s military said today it had killed 50 Islamist rebels as they tried to cross the border into Cameroon, engaging them in a battle in which 15(...)

A poster advertising for the search of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is pasted on a wall in Baga village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, in the north-eastern state of Borno. Photograph:  Reuters/Tim Cocks

Nigeria launched a military campaign yesterday to flush Islamist militants out of their bases in remote border areas, after President Goodluck (...)

Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan arrives with other officials during a working visit to Borno state in the northeast earlier this week.  Photograph: Reuters

A breakaway Islamic extremist group in Nigeria has claimed to have killed seven foreigners who its members kidnapped in the north of the count(...)