Boko Haram

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A student who escaped when Boko Haram rebels stormed a school and abducted schoolgirls, identifies her schoolmates from a video released by the Islamist rebel group at the Government House in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. Photograph: Reuters

Amid apparent security concerns, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has cancelled a trip to the traumatised town from which Islamic extremists abduc(...)

Members of the women’s wing of the Nigerian All Progessive Party protest over the government’s failure to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in Lagos earlier this week. Photograph: EPA

The Nigerian government has signalled it is ready to negotiate with the Islamist militants who are holding more than 200 schoolgirls captive, as inter(...)

Kidnapped schoolgirls are seen at an unknown location in this still image taken from an undated video released by Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. Photograph: Boko Haram handout via Reuters TV

Villagers in an area of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates have killed and detained scores of the Islamic militants who were suspected of planning a fr(...)

Kidnapped schoolgirls are seen at an unknown location in this still image taken from an undated video released by Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. The leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has offered to release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters last month in exchange for prisoners, according to a video seen on YouTube. Photograph: Reuters

Nigeria’s government said today the “window of negotiation” is open with Boko Haram rebels who abducted more than 200 girls a month ago from their s(...)

A woman demands  the release of more than 200 abducted secondary schoolgirls during a protest in the remote village of Chibok in Abuja, Nigeria yesterday. Photograph:  Joe Penney/Reuters

France has offered to host a summit with Nigeria and its neighbours focused on Islamist militant group Boko Haram, President François Hollande said(...)

South Africans protest in support of more than Nigerian 200 girls abducted from their school, outside the South African parliament in Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

The abduction in mid-April of nearly 300 schoolgirls in the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has led t(...)

Protestors demonstrate yesterday outside the Nigerian embassy in London against the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria. Photograph: Reuters/ Olivia Harris

Nigerian security forces were aware that an armed convoy of Boko Haram militants was approaching the town of Chibok almost four hours before the ex(...)

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Photograph: AP Photo/File

There is growing international pressure to take action against Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist extremist organisation that almost four weeks ago too(...)

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(...)

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