A girl holds a candle during a vigil for the girls who were abducted from a secondary school in Chibok, on the anniversary of their abduction in Abuja April 14, 2015. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

More than 200 schoolgirls abducted from their school dormitories by Boko Haram militants last year are not among the nearly 300 girls and women rescue(...)

A file screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fight(...)

Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun /Reuters

Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people,(...)

Boko Haram killed dozens of civilians and at least 11 soldiers when it took control of the  Nigerian town and army base on the shores of Lake Chad. Above, the scene of a bomb blast at a bus rank in Gombe, Nigeria, 22nd December 2014. At least 20 people died and 18 sustained various injuries in that blast. EPA/STR

Boko Haram killed dozens of civilians and at least 11 soldiers when the militants took control of a Nigerian town and army base on the shores of Lake (...)

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 (...)

Pictured during a summit in Paris on security in Nigeria are (L-R) Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou, Cameroon’s president Paul Biya, Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan, French president Francois Hollande, Chad’s president Idriss Deby Itno and Benin’s president Thomas Boni Yayi . Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images.

West African leaders have agreed to work together to wage “total war” on Boko Haram saying the Nigerian Islamist group had become a regional al-Qaeda (...)

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 (...)