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People gather to greet France’s president Francois Hollande in Timbuktu on February 2nd, 2013, afer French forces had retaken the desert city from Islamist rebels. France is to deploy thousands of its troops across the region to better fight Islamist militancy. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

A French soldier has been killed in northern Mali as France prepares to deploy thousands of its troops across the region to better fight Islamist mil(...)

Nigerians protest over the government’s failure to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for abducting over 200 girls from their school in Chibok, Borno state, over two weeks ago. Photograph: EPA/STR

DAVID D KIRKPATRICKAs word spread like wildfire on Twitter and Facebook that Nigerian militants were preparing to auction off more than 200 kidnappe(...)

Nigerian abductions

In the five years of its insurgency in Nigeria’s northeastern provinces Islamist group Boko Haram has been involved in dozens of massacres of civilian(...)

Women at a protest outside Nigeria’s parliament in Abuja calling on security forces to search harder for the schoolgirls abducted two weeks ago. Photograph: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

Dozens of protesters gathered outside Nigeria’s parliament yesterday to call on security forces to search harder for more than 200 schoolgirls abducte(...)

A boy searches the ground next to a burnt-out vehicle, caused by an attack from Boko Haram militants, in Bama, Borno State, on February 20th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram shot or burned to death 59 pupils in a boarding school in northeast Nigeria, a hospital official and secu(...)

Women walk by homes destroyed by Boko Haram militants in Bama, Borno State on February 20th 2014. Gunmen from Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram sect killed 98 people in the northeastern town of Bama on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in northeast Nigeria overnight and killed 29 pupils, many of whom died in flame(...)

The men from Boko Haram came tearing through the rural town of Benisheik, setting fire to houses, looting, shooting and yelling, “God is great!” resid(...)

Residents  walk amidst rubble after Boko Haram militants raided the town of Benisheik, in Nigeria’s  Borno State earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

Suspected Islamic militants gunned down students as they slept and killed as many as 50 in an early-morning attack in north-east Nigeria, a college pr(...)

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