Boko Haram

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Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, in a screengrab from a 2014 video released by the group. Photograph: Boko Haram/AFP via Getty

The death of the leader of the Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram has been confirmed by a rival extremist faction that said it carried out th(...)

Soldiers carry the coffin of the  Chadian president Idriss Déby during his state funeral in N’Djamena on Friday. Photograph:  Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

By the time Chad’s electoral commission had declared President Idriss Déby Itno the winner of his sixth term, the former general was already dead or d(...)

Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou with his French counterpart,  Emmanuel Macron, in Paris in 2019. Photograph: Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images

Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou has been awarded the $5 million (€4.2 million) Ibrahim African leadership prize in recognition of what the judgin(...)

Students who were kidnapped from Jangebe Government Girls Secondary School pictured  after their release in Zamfara, Nigeria. Photograph: EPA

Gunmen have freed all 279 girls kidnapped last week from a boarding school in northwest Nigeria, officials said on Tuesday, and victims told of how t(...)

Schoolboys sit together at the Government House with other students from the Government Science Secondary School, in Kankara, Katsina State, Nigeria, after being released. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

More than 300 schoolboys have been released after being kidnapped and held for days by armed bandits in a forest in northwest Nigeria, the Nigerian go(...)

A school classroom in Dapchi, northern Nigeria, after Boko Haram students kidnapped schoolgirls in 2018. Photograph: Aminu Abubakar/AFP via Getty

Hundreds of students are missing after their school was attacked in northern Nigeria last Friday. About 800 boys were enrolled at the Government Scie(...)

Sudanese protesters hold images of missing people during a rally in the capital, Khartoum, last year. Photograph: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty

The coronavirus pandemic is complicating efforts to reunite families separated by conflicts in Africa, the International Committee of the Red Cross ha(...)

 Nigerian children are screened, and sometimes interrogated, tortured and imprisoned, as they flee Boko Haram. Photograph: Boureima Hama/AFP/Getty Images

At least 10,000 people, including many children, have died in military detention during the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, according to A(...)

Aerial view of Gwoza, the town that became the headquarters of Boko Haram’s short-lived caliphate from 2014-2015. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Two girls blew themselves up outside a mosque at the former headquarters of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in the early hours of Sunday – the lat(...)

Soldiers close to offices of humanitarian group, Action Against Hunger in Maiduguri, Nigeria, September 19th. Photograph: Audu Marte/ AFP/Getty

The Nigerian military has forced international non-governmental organisation Action Against Hunger to stop providing aid in northeast Nigeria, accusin(...)

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