Garissa University College in Kenya, which suffered a mass terror attack resulting in the deaths of close to 150 Christian students, has officially reopened nine months later.
BBC News reported that staff and students are expected back on campus next week, as the college and indeed the entire country hopes to continue on the path to recovery.
The terror attack on April 2, 2015, was carried out by militants from Somalia's al-Shabaab extremist organization, in which gunmen stormed the college, held it hostage for more than 10 hours, and separated Christian from Muslim students. As many as 148 people were dead at the end, mainly Christian students. more >>
A Nigerian village celebrated the New Year by unveiling the largest statue of Jesus Christ in all of Africa, standing at 28 feet tall and weighing 40 tons.
Nigerian news website Naij.com reported on Sunday that the unveiling ceremony took place in Abajah village in Imo state on New Year's Day. The statue, built by a Chinese company and carved in white marble, depicts Jesus stretching out his arms in a welcoming pose, and has been dubbed "Jesus de Greatest."
The ceremony attracted hundreds of Roman Catholic priests and worshipers to the St. Aloysius Catholic Church to celebrate the unveiling of the statue, which had been commissioned in 2013. more >>
The Somalia-based al-Shabaab terror group has released a new video, apparently to seek recruits from within the United States and to convert black youths to Islam, featuring remarks of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump over banning Muslims from entering America, according to reports.
The nearly hour-long video first shows a warning from al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone in 2011.
"Muslims of the West: Take heed and learn from the lessons of history," al-Awlaki says in English in the video, according to CBS News. "There are ominous clouds gathering in your horizon. Yesterday America was a slang of slavery, segregation, lynching and Ku Klux Klan. Tomorrow it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps." more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has slaughtered at least 80 people in a series of attacks on cities and towns just one week after President Muhammadu Buhari suggested his army had "technically won the war."
The Associated Press reported that the Islamic radicals killed 30 people in Maiduguri in Borno state in blasts and shootouts, and on Monday killed another 20 people in a bombing outside a mosque. Yet another twin suicide bombing in the town of Madagali cost another 30 lives.
Islamic extremist group Boko Haram reportedly killed 16 people, including children, in an attack last week in a Nigerian village, continuing their long history of massacres on Christmas Day.
Nigerian national newspaper THISDAY reported that terrorists raided the Kimba village in the Biu local government area, located in southern Borno State, which the rebels still control.
The militants invaded the village Friday evening, setting houses and shops on fire, and kidnapping six other people. more >>
The United Nations Children's Fund has said that as many as 1 million children have been forced out of school due to the Boko Haram terrorist group.
"Across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, over 2,000 schools remain closed due to the conflict — some of them for more than a year — and hundreds have been attacked, looted or set on fire," UNICEF reported on Tuesday. "In far north Cameroon, only one out of the 135 schools closed in 2014 has re-opened this year."
The militant group has been waging a war in Nigeria for almost six years now, carrying out mass suicide bombings, shooting attacks, and raids on entire towns and villages, killing over 20,000 people. The Islamic extremists have focused heavily on Christians, trying to drive them out of the country, but have been attacking moderate Muslims and all who stand in their way. more >>