Boko Haram

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People from the Nigerian town of Malam Fatori, close to the borders with Niger and Chad, pass by a patrol of Niger’s Gendarmes as they flee Islamist Boko Haram attacks. Photograph: Issouf Sanogoissouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

A bomb blast hit a cattle market in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno late on Saturday, with as many as 16 people dead, hospital and military sour(...)

Returnees queue to board buses during an evacuation of Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram militants, at the camp for displaced people in Geidam, Yobe state. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

A gunman opened fire on students after walking into a high school in Potiskum in northeast Nigeria, critically injuring six, witnesses and a humanitar(...)

Children rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest wash their hands at the Malkohi camp for Internally Displaced People in Yola in Nigeria. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Boko Haram fighters killed older boys and men in front of their families before taking women and children into the forest where many died of hunger(...)

A vigil this week in Abuja, Nigeria, for the girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from a secondary school in Chibok.  Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been asked to investigate the abduction a year ago of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist militant gro(...)

Nigerians protest on the one   year anniversary of the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls in Chibok, Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari vowed on Tuesday to make every effort to free more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants a (...)

Ethiopian troops escort a convoy of trucks carrying food aid in Baidoa, Somalia, on June 10th, 2014. Despite a broad international military campaign to dislodge the Shabab from its strongholds in Somalia, the group has adapted, evolved and remains deadly. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

They have lost their leader, their ports, their checkpoints and their territory. They have lost thousands of men and much of their money. They do not (...)

A vote for change

Nigerians have defied widespread fears that their presidential election would descend into violence by voting out peacefully their incumbent President(...)

Amnesty’s global review of the death penalty has revealed an “alarming rise” in death sentences last year, including mass sentencing in both Egypt and Nigeria due to internal conflict and political instability. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

The number of death sentences worldwide jumped by almost 500 last year compared to 2013, mainly due to a sharp spike in sentences handed out in Egypt (...)

Young supporters of Muhammadu Buhari, a former military strongman, celebrate his victory in the Nigerian presidential election in Kano, Nigeria. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times

Nigeria’s election winner Muhammadu Buhari congratulated outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power on Wednesday, a day a(...)

Rival candidates in the Nigerian presidental election, President Goodluck Jonathan (left) and Muhammadu Buhari exchange a signed peace deal in Abuja on Thursday. About 800 people died in post-election violence in 2011 in which Mr Jonathan defeated Mr Buhari. Photograph: EPA/STR

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday’s presidential election as people stockpiled food, cash and fuel for f(...)

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