One of the two girls carrying explosives on an apparent suicide bombing mission in Cameroon said after her arrest that she was one of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Chibok in neighboring Nigeria in 2014. Meanwhile, the terror group's purported leader, Abubakar Shekau, is reported to be contemplating stepping down.
The government of Nigeria is sending some parents from the Chibok community to Cameroon to verify the claim of the girl, who was arrested along with her associate by local self-defence forces in Limani village in northern Cameroon before she could blow herself up, according to The Guardian.
Of the 270 schoolgirls kidnaped by Boko Haram in April 2014, 50 managed to escape and 219 remain missing. more >>
A Congolese priest dedicated to revealing human rights abuses in his country was gunned down this week by armed militants.
Father Vincent Machozi Karunzu, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who studied at Boston University's school of theology, was killed by members of the country's armed forces in the North Kivu province on Sunday evening.
A teenage girl in Nigeria who was held by Boko Haram and almost persuaded to become a suicide bomber has revealed some of ways the terror group conditions its victims, including offering "spiritual help."
BBC News reported the story of one girl, aged between 17 to 18, identified only as Hauwa, who was held at a Boko Haram camp in Dikwa for more than a year, and was being groomed to carry out a suicide attack for the terrorists back at the same camp.
"I said 'No,' since my mum is residing in Dikwa, I won't go and kill people there. I would rather go and stay with my family, even if I die there," she explained. more >>
A Christian schoolgirl who was kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery by her Muslim captors in Nigeria has opened up about the terror she endured over the last seven months.
Patience Paul, a 14-year-old Christian girl who went missing on Aug. 12, 2015, in Nigeria's Sokoto state and was rescued by police on March 4, spoke of her ordeal in conversations with reporters.
Paul, who was forced to convert to Islam when she was held hostage, told the the Nigerian newspaper Leadership that she was lured by two of her neighbors, Rashida and Sani, who encouraged her to pack up her belongings and follow them to a number of locations before she was placed in a house in Gangare Kupah. more >>
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, said at a major peace conference that the teachings of Islam forbid extremism in all forms, making the wave of radical Islamic attacks worldwide a "tragic paradox."
"The tragic paradox of the global insurgency situation is that most of the atrocities committed by various insurgents all over the world today, are being carried out mainly by people who pretend to be Muslims, yet most of the victims and casualties are equally Muslims," Buhari said Thursday at the opening of the International Islamic Conference on Peace and Nation Building in Abuja, according to Nigeria's Daily Trust.
"To underscore their cruelty and godlessness, they particularly target the most vulnerable members of the society: children, women and the elderly." more >>
Radical Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria have killed close to 500 predominantly Christian farmers in Benue state in central Nigeria in a series of attacks over the last month, and are reportedly still hiding out among villagers, making survivors too afraid to return and bury the dead.
"In the last three weeks, Aku, Odugbeho, Aila, Okokolo and Ikobi have been utterly destroyed and over 300 people have been killed," Steven Enada, a development advocate campaigning against the killing of the Agatu people, told Morning Star News.
"We have corpses littered in the field like a war fought in the Roman Empire by Emperor Nero," he added, with survivors too afraid to return to bury the dead. more >>