Sixteen soldiers killed, nine injured as Boko Haram militants attack military post in southern Niger

Hundreds of Boko Haram militants attacked a military post in southern Niger overnight, killing 16 soldiers and wounding nine more, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. About 50 of the Islamist militants were killed in the resulting combat in the West African country’s Diffa region and significant quantities of weapons were recovered, the ministry said… Read More Sixteen soldiers killed, nine injured as Boko Haram militants attack military post in southern Niger

Dozens of Chadian soldiers dead following attack around Lake Chad area

At least 26 Chadian soldiers were killed in the early hours of Thursday by suspected Boko Haram assailants following an attack on their patrol around the Lake Chad area, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa said. A further 14 soldiers were wounded in the encounter, which ended with the army repulsing the attackers, Bermandoa said. Chad… Read More Dozens of Chadian soldiers dead following attack around Lake Chad area

Forty-five dead as gunmen attack town in northwest Nigeria

Militants killed at least 45 people in an attack on the town of Faru in northwest Nigeria, residents and a hospital worker said on Friday. Such violence has increasingly become a part of everyday life in the region, with the Nigerian government and security forces showing little ability to stem the deterioration of law and… Read More Forty-five dead as gunmen attack town in northwest Nigeria

Boko Haram fighters pledge allegiance to Islamic State in video

A group of fighters from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram pledged allegiance to rivals the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) weeks after the former group’s leader died, according to a video. The video fuels fears that ISWAP is consolidating control of the insurgency in northeastern Nigeria following the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar… Read More Boko Haram fighters pledge allegiance to Islamic State in video

Eight dead following Boko Haram attack in southeastern Niger

Insurgents from the Islamist group Boko Haram killed four soldiers and four civilians in an attack on Niger’s southeastern desert town of Diffa, the defence ministry said. At least six militants were killed in the raid on Friday, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The insurgents attacked Diffa in the late afternoon, riding… Read More Eight dead following Boko Haram attack in southeastern Niger

Islamist terror group Boko Haram claims responsibility for abduction of school students

An audio message from a man identifying himself as the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram said on Tuesday that the Islamist group was responsible for the kidnapping of more than 300 students from an all-boys school in the northwestern state of Katsina. Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa… Read More Islamist terror group Boko Haram claims responsibility for abduction of school students

Colonel killed as Boko Haram insurgents ambush soldiers in Borno

A Nigerian Army colonel has been killed in a Boko Haram ambush. The Nigerian Army disclosed the identity of the officer as Colonel D.C. Bako. The colonel was also a brigade commander of an army brigade in Damboa, Borno State, where the military is battling the Boko Haram insurgents. The colonel and some soldiers were… Read More Colonel killed as Boko Haram insurgents ambush soldiers in Borno

Dozens dead, scores injured as Islamic militants attack villages in northeast Nigeria

Islamic militants killed at least 20 soldiers and more than 40 civilians and injured hundreds in twin attacks in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state on Saturday, residents and a civilian task force fighter said. The attacks, in the Monguno and Nganzai local government areas, came just days after militants killed at least 69 people in a… Read More Dozens dead, scores injured as Islamic militants attack villages in northeast Nigeria