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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A resident says at least five farmers are dead and dozens are wounded in northeastern Nigeria after their vehicle struck a land mine buried by Boko Haram...
A look at Nigeria’s top 2 presidential contenders
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Africa's most populous country awaits the results of Saturday's election in which President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term after his first was hurt by a rare recession....
A look at Nigeria’s top 2 presidential contenders
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead...
In Nigeria, Boko Haram violence disenfranchises many voters
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Mariam Musa gestured with her hand toward her mouth, twisting her face as she told of her main problem: not enough to eat or drink.
In Nigeria’s tight election, Christian vote is seen as key
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Ask worshippers at St. Charles Catholic Church what they want most from Nigeria's presidential election, and the answer is peace.
"We don't want any more bloodshed in Nigeria," said Everistus Suburu, vice chairman of the church in the northern state of Kano. "We are tired of (Islamic extremist group) Boko Haram."
The Latest: Extremist attack in Nigeria kills 4 civilians
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria's postponed presidential election (all times local):
Nigeria's military says four civilians are dead in an extremist attack in the northeast that targeted a mosque during morning prayers.
A statement Saturday says troops repelled the attack in the Jere local government area in Borno state, killing three Boko Haram extremists.
Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Baba Inuwa was pleased to move back to his vegetable farm in Nigeria's northeast, encouraged by the military's offensive against Boko Haram, the country's homegrown Islamic extremist rebels and by President Muhammadu Buhari's claim that the insurgency had been crushed.
"We thought all was over and Boko Haram can never return," Inuwa said. He joined thousands of others in leaving displacement camps to return to their homes.
US ambassador says Cameroon relations good despite aid cut
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The United States has cut some military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns but the countries' relations remain excellent, the U.S. ambassador asserted Thursday, while the central African nation's government remained silent.
France said it would not follow the U.S. lead despite a call by Amnesty International for other donors to take similar action.
US cuts military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States said Wednesday it is cutting some military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns after growing allegations of abuses by security forces, a significant step against a solid ally in central Africa that is gripped by fighting between the government and Anglophone separatists.
Nigeria’s army rejects Amnesty report of deadly attack
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria's army is rejecting an Amnesty International report that said Boko Haram extremists killed at least 60 people in a "devastating" attack on the northeastern border town of Rann.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Saturday, the army dismissed as "outlandish and unverified" the witness statements that soldiers had left their posts the day before Monday's attack.
Boko Haram kills at least 60 in Nigeria attack: Amnesty
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Boko Haram has killed at least 60 people in a "devastating" attack on the northeastern Nigeria border town of Rann, Amnesty International said Friday, calling it one of the deadliest assaults by the extremist group in its nearly decade-long insurgency.
UN: More than 30,000 Nigerians flee to Cameroon amid attacks
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says more than 30,000 Nigerians fled the border town of Rann over the weekend to seek safety in Cameroon as attacks by Boko Haram extremists continue.
Spokesman Babar Baloch said Tuesday that thousands more have fled to neighboring Chad because of the violence in northeastern Nigeria.
Refugees began fleeing to Cameroon earlier this month when extremists attacked and seized Rann, in Borno state, on Jan. 14.
Nigeria top female candidate drops out of presidential race
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The woman who led the global campaign to free Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists said Thursday she was dropping out of the race for Nigeria's presidency to form an opposition coalition ahead of next month's election.
The 55-year-old Oby Ezekwesili had been the most prominent woman to seek the presidency in Nigeria, where politics, as in many African nations, have long been dominated by men.
UN says some 30,000 people flee new Nigeria fighting
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some 30,000 people have fled fresh fighting in northeastern Nigeria, the United Nations said Wednesday, amid what the government has called an extremist resurgence.
The clashes between Nigeria's military and armed groups near Lake Chad late last month triggered "massive displacement" and a "humanitarian tragedy," said the statement by the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon.
Nigeria army arrests 2 journalists who wrote critical story
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military has arrested two journalists who wrote a report critical of the army's performance fighting against Boko Haram extremists in the country's troubled northeast.
Witnesses said armed soldiers and security officers in several military vehicles arrived at the offices of the Daily Trust newspaper in Maiduguri on Sunday afternoon and arrested the two journalists and took them to an unknown destination.
Niger says days of raids kill 280 Boko Haram extremists
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Niger's defense ministry says several days of raids have killed more than 280 Boko Haram extremists near the border with Nigeria.
The statement says the land and air raids began on Dec. 28, with more than 200 extremists killed in airstrikes.
Nigeria in November held an urgent meeting with neighbors about what it called an extremist resurgence fueled by the new use of drones.
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Extremists seize Nigerian town and key military base
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Extremists have seized a Nigerian town and a key base for a multinational force fighting Boko Haram insurgents, raising their flag and sending many people fleeing, residents and military sources said Friday.
One military source told The Associated Press that reinforcements trying to retake the town have been repelled, with some casualties. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
Nigeria says 14 military, police killed in Boko Haram ambush
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says 14 military and police personnel have been killed in an ambush by Boko Haram extremists.
An army statement says the security forces were on escort duty when they were attacked on Monday just outside Damaturu town in Yobe state in the north of the country.
The statement signed by army spokesman Col. Onyema Nwachukwu says efforts to pursue and "eliminate" the Boko Haram extremists are ongoing.
Nigeria’s military lifts suspension of UNICEF activities
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military has lifted a suspension of UNICEF's work in the extremist-threatened northeast just hours after it accused the U.N. agency of training people for "clandestine activities."
The new military statement issued overnight said the reversal came after an emergency meeting with UNICEF representatives. The military says it "admonished" UNICEF against activities that could undermine its efforts against extremist groups like Boko Haram.
Nigeria suspends UNICEF work, alleges ‘clandestine’ activity
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military on Friday suspended the activities of UNICEF in the extremist-threatened northeast, accusing the U.N. agency of "training selected persons for clandestine activities."
The statement said UNICEF's activities are on hold until further notice because it has "abdicated its primary duty of catering for the wellbeing of children and the vulnerable."
Nigerian leader: Islamic extremists are now using drones
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Islamic extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones, the country's president says, opening a worrying new front in the region's nearly decade-long fight against Boko Haram and an offshoot linked to the Islamic State.
President Muhammadu Buhari announced the development during a meeting on Thursday of countries that contribute troops to a multinational force combatting the extremists.
Nigerian leader: Islamic extremists are now using drones
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Islamic extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones, the country's president said Thursday, opening a worrying new front in the region's nearly decade-long fight against Boko Haram and an offshoot linked to the Islamic State.
President Muhammadu Buhari announced the development during a meeting of countries contributing troops to a multinational force combatting the extremists.
Nigeria tries to rally troops as extremists’ toll revealed
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military finally revealed a death toll of 39 from a new series of extremist attacks on soldiers, while President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared that Boko Haram and Islamic State-linked fighters should be wiped "from the surface of the earth."
Another 43 soldiers were wounded in five attacks between Nov. 2 and 18, the army announced after days of silence, blaming "large numbers of Boko Haram terrorists."
Nigeria’s military acknowledges major attack by extremists
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military on Saturday acknowledged a major attack against it by Islamic extremists after opposition lawmakers said 44 soldiers were killed, while public pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari grew over the failure of his pledge to defeat Boko Haram.
18 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Niger, official says
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A regional deputy official in Niger says that 18 girls have been kidnapped from two different villages by suspected Boko Haram militants.
Lamido Harouna Moumouni said 24 attackers abducted 15 girls in the village of Blaharde early Saturday and three other girls in the village of Bague. This is not far from where suspected extremists killed at least seven people at a French drilling company's site Wednesday, and near Nigeria's border.
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Suspected Boko Haram extremists kill 7 in Niger’s southeast
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's defense minister says suspected Boko Haram extremists have killed seven people and injured seven others at a French drilling company's site in the southeast near the border with Nigeria.
Kalla Moutari says the attack occurred Wednesday at the Foraco water well site in Toumour, a village some 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the border in the Diffa region.
He says the seven killed were Nigerien workers with the Foraco group.
Nigerian militia frees more than 800 children from its ranks
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations children's agency says a self-defense militia in Nigeria has freed more than 800 children from its ranks as it combats Boko Haram extremists.
The agency calls this the first formal release by the Civilian Joint Task Force, which had been listed in an annual U.N. report on children and armed conflict.
#BringBackOurGirls activist runs for Nigeria’s presidency
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The woman who led the global campaign to free Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists is now running for president, saying she is fighting for "the soul" of Africa's most populous nation.
Oby Ezekwesili is the most prominent woman to seek the presidency in Nigeria, where politics, as in many African nations, have long been dominated by men.
Boko Haram has been repelled, Cameroon’s leader declares
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's president says Boko Haram has been defeated in the country, the first such announcement since he declared war on the extremist group four years ago.
Nigerian president condemns Boko Haram killing of aid worker
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is strongly condemning Boko Haram's killing of a Red Cross aid worker and vows his government will do everything possible to ensure the safe return of all held by the extremist group.
Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa was kidnapped in March along with two other health workers after an attack on a military facility in the northeastern town of Rann. The International Committee of the Red Cross announced Monday she had been killed.
Red Cross says Boko Haram has killed aid worker in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists have killed a Red Cross worker who was abducted earlier this year during an attack in the Kala Balge government area in northern Nigeria's Borno State, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday.
"The International Committee of the Red Cross condemns in the strongest terms the tragic killing of its abducted colleague Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa," the group said in a statement.
Boko Haram overruns key crossroads town in northern Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists have overrun a key crossroads and military outpost in northeastern Nigeria, residents and authorities said Saturday. Gudumbali is a town to which just months ago the government encouraged thousands of displaced people to return.
Nigeria presidential race sparks to life; Senate leader runs
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's presidential race sparked to life Thursday with the announcement by Senate president Bukola Saraki that he intends to run next year.
Saraki is the most well-known challenger yet to President Muhammadu Buhari, the former military dictator who won office in 2015 with vows to fight widespread corruption and Boko Haram extremists in Africa's most populous nation. Both have proven to be difficult tasks.
Britain, Nigeria sign defense pact to counter Boko Haram
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Britain and Nigeria signed a security and defense agreement during a one-day visit by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday as Africa's most populous country struggles to defeat Boko Haram extremists and others linked to the Islamic State organization.
Nigeria government investigating audio of kidnapped girl
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian government says it is investigating the authenticity of an audio recording in which a Christian schoolgirl abducted by Islamic extremist rebels Boko Haram appeals for help.
Leah Sharibu, 15, was among more than 100 girls abducted by Boko Haram fighters from the Dapchi Government Science and Technical School in Nigeria's Yobe State in February. Sharibu is the only one still held, apparently because she refuses to denounce her Christian faith.
UN condemns rising incitement to hatred in CAfrican Republic
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday strongly condemned "the rise of incitement to ethnic and religious hatred and violence" in the Central African Republic and attacks by Boko Haram and the Islamic State extremist groups in the broader region.
Video shows Cameroon’s soldiers shooting cowering civilians
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A "horrifying" video circulating on social media shows Cameroon's security forces shooting at least a dozen unarmed civilians during a counterterror operation in the Far North region, Amnesty International said Friday, and Cameroon said seven soldiers had been arrested.
It follows another video in July that the rights group said showed Cameroonian forces shooting two women with small children strapped to their backs as suspected Boko Haram extremists.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says soldiers have killed at least 16 Boko Haram extremists after an attack in the country's northern Borno state.
Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, said Sunday that insurgents in three vehicles, including gun trucks, on Friday attacked the Mairari area village of Monguno. He said that soldiers and the air force responded, killing at least 16 extremists. He said soldiers also captured the gun trucks and ammunition.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria now faces a deadlier threat than its own Boko Haram insurgency, with fighting between farmers and herdsmen over scare resources killing far more people this year, a new report said Thursday.
The violence "threatens to become even deadlier" and could undermine national stability ahead of elections next year, the International Crisis Group report says, adding that the conflict "has taken on dangerous religious and ethnic dimensions."
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations human rights chief said Wednesday he was "utterly appalled" by a recent video appearing to show Cameroonian soldiers shooting to death women carrying small children as suspected Boko Haram extremists.
"I am deeply worried that these killings captured on camera may not be isolated cases," the statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian officials say that seven people have been killed in a suicide attack on a mosque in Konduga town in the country's north.
Bello Dambatta, Head of Rescue Operations of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, said Monday that seven others were injured. He said the dead and injured have been evacuated to medical facilities in Maiduguri, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) away.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's criminal court has sentenced more than a dozen people to up to 20 years in prison for financing extremism and other offenses in a rare mass trial of suspected jihadists.
Thirty-one people were tried after being arrested in 2015 counterterror operations that sought suspected Boko Haram extremists in the West African nation. Fourteen people were acquitted.
The prosecutor had asked for sentences of 30 years in prison.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian police official says authorities have arrested 22 Boko Haram extremist leaders and fighters responsible for the mass kidnapping of schoolgirls in Chibok and more than 50 suicide bombings.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's president, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, announced Friday he will run again in October's election, while growing tensions with Anglophone separatists exploded in an ambush on a delegation led by the country's defense minister.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The Latest on Cameroon (all times local):
Cameroon's president, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, says he will run again in October's election.
The 85-year-old President Paul Biya has been in power since 1982. He oversees an increasingly restive Central African nation that faces an Anglophone separatist movement and the threat from Boko Haram extremists crossing the border from Nigeria.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military on Thursday denied its soldiers were involved in a video that appears to show women with small children being blindfolded and shot dead as suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military command says it has handed to the government and the United Nations more than 180 former child soldiers who had been arrested or rescued in various military operations in Nigeria's northeast.