A suicide bomber launched an attack during a procession of Shiite Muslims killing 23 in Nigeria on Monday.
The Shiite procession was marking the ritual of Ashoura — which marks the death of Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, in a battle more than 1,300 years ago — in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state.
Terror group Boko Haram has denied that it has a ceasefire agreement with the Nigerian government or is engaged in negotiation with it to release the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in April. The Islamist group claims the girls have been converted to Islam and married off.
"Don't you know the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls have converted to Islam?" Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau says in a video released Saturday. "They have now memorized two chapters of the Quran."
Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency on Thursday and dissolved its government after protesters angry at President Blaise Compaore's 27-year rule stormed parliament buildings and set them ablaze.
Army chief General Honore Traore revealed that a new transitional government would be put in place, which will be "in consultation with all parties."
"A return to the constitutional order is expected in no more than 12 months," Traore added. more >>
Terror group Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls in a village raid in northeast Nigeria over the weekend, reports have said. The Nigerian government has insisted that despite the ongoing attacks, negotiations to release over 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April can continue.
"In the past two days Boko Haram insurgents stormed Mafa and abducted 30 boys aged 13 and above and girls aged 11 and above," Mafa local government chairman Shettima Maina said, according to CNN.
"They took them away to their base in the bush, and we believe they are going to use them as foot soldiers," he added. more >>
Terror group Boko Haram has reportedly kidnapped another 60 women in Nigeria and continued its violent attacks despite reports of a ceasefire and negotiations to release the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in April.
"The insurgents are still in the area. They slit the throats of three men in Garta and abducted many young women. We also heard from residents of Waga that they killed two men and took 40 women away," said Tizhe Kwada, a local from the village in Garta.
More than 20 people per day are dying from the Ebola outbreak in western Sierra Leone, government estimates have said. A curfew was meanwhile imposed on the town of Koidu on Tuesday after a dispute over an Ebola case turned into gunfire and rioting.
The National Ebola Response Center noted that there are now 851 confirmed cases of Ebola in the western area urban and western area rural zones, while over 1,200 people have died in total in the country. Claude Kamanda, a lawmaker who represents the western area, noted that officials are struggling to keep up with the collection of corpses from homes in the area, due to the spike in the death rate.
Sierra Leone has been one of the hardest hit countries by the Ebola outbreak, which has been concentrated in West Africa and spread throughout Liberia and Guinea as well. Over 4,500 are said to have died from the virus, according to World Health Organization statistics, with isolated cases reaching countries like Spain and the United States. more >>