A mass grave of about 70 to 100 corpses, with the majority of them having their throats slit, was discovered near the Nigerian town of Damasak last week, and is believed to be the brutal handiwork of the Islamic State's newest affiliate group, Boko Haram.
According to a witness who spoke with Reuters, soldiers from Niger and Chad, who were responsible for initially driving Boko Haram out of the town, found the mass grave left under a concrete bridge.
The bridge is believed to have been an execution site for the militant group, which has killed over 10,000 people in the last year and has seized a sizeable area of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state. more >>
WASHINGTON – Nigerian human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe insinuated that ISIS' systemic abductions of religious minorities in Iraq last summer were inspired by Boko Haram's kidnapping of over 276 Chibok schoolgirls last April.
Ogebe, who became the youngest law graduate in Nigeria and was exiled to the United States as a political detainee, explained at an event hosted by the Hudson Institute on Monday, that after Boko Haram abducted the schoolgirls in the town of Chibok in April 2014, the terrorist organization Al Qaeda issued a statement condemning the group's kidnappings. He further explained that although Al Qaeda decried Boko Haram's abduction of the girls, the Al Qaeda offshoot, ISIS, responded in the opposite manner.
"What was ISIS response?" Ogebe asked. "ISIS' response to the Chibok schoolgirls was to begin abducting Yazidis and Christians in Iraq. That seemed to be the point of where ISIS said, 'You know what, if these guys are getting this kind of condemnation from Al Qaeda, let's [relate] with them. They are good guys to get into bed with.'" more >>
The Salvation Army's South Africa branch has used the viral frenzy over the picture associated with the hashtag #thedress to spread awareness of violence against women on Twitter.
In a tweet, the Christian ministry featured a bruised woman wearing a white and gold dress, asking, "Why is it so hard to see black and blue?"
"The only illusion is if you think it was her choice," the ad goes on to say. "One in 6 women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women." more >>
Researchers claim that the earliest human remains, specifically a jawbone and a handful of teeth, have been discovered in Ethiopia and date back to 2.8 million year ago, which is almost 400,000 years older than previously thought.
"Prior to 3 million years, humans were relatively ape-like and partially arboreal, partially bipedal," Brian Villmoare, who led the research, told Discovery News. "They lived in the forest, had small brains, and did not eat meat or use tools."
He added that after 2 million years, "humans have large brains, stone tools, and eat meat, so this transitional period is very important in terms of human evolution." more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram, which in 2014 declared its allegiance to ISIS, has for the first time publicly released a video showing the beheading of two men it claims are spies. Some within ISIS are calling Boko Haram by the name "Islamic State Africa," highlighting the cooperation and shared mission of the jihadists.
"This latest release shows Boko Haram is not a mere copycat of ISIS; rather, it is incorporating itself into the Islamic State," said Veryan Khan, editorial director of Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium.
"Islamic state supporters are already starting to call Boko Haram the 'Islamic State Africa.'" more >>
The Free Methodist Church in the U.S. is now calling for prayers after one of their working missionaries, the Rev. Phyllis Sortor, was abducted by masked and armed men in Nigeria Monday morning who've demanded a $300,000 ransom for her safe return. Her distraught family, however, say they cannot afford it.
"Early this morning we received a report that Rev. Phyllis Sortor, our missionary in Nigeria, was abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi State, Nigeria, by several persons. The U.S. Embassy has been notified, and the State Department and the FBI are working with local authorities to find and rescue her. We are calling on the U.S. church to join together in prayer for Phyllis' safety and speedy release," the church noted in a statement posted on its website Monday.