A former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria breaks down militant Islamist group Boko Haram's "twisted theology" and deadly years-long campaign to implement its own version version of Shariah law in Nigeria.
While much of the world's attention has been turned toward France and the Middle East in recent weeks, terrorist group Boko Haram has been ramping up attacks against Nigeria's civilians, who number more than 177.1 million.
The terrorist organization has kidnapped and killed dozens of people from neighboring Cameroon, started using children in suicide attacks, and in what has been described as its deadliest assault yet, Boko Haram is believed to have killed an estimated 2,000 people over a period of a few days. more >>
The horror stories from terror group Boko Haram's massacre in Baga earlier this month, believed to have killed as many as 2,000 people, continue flooding in. One woman has described how her husband was killed and had his throat cut by the jihadists as she fled the town with their three daughters.
"I am on my own with my three girls; my husband was killed," 30-year-old Hadija Umar said at a UNICEF camp, after having fled across Lake Chad.
"He had gone to buy fish when Boko Haram fighters launched their attack," Umar explained, according to BBC News. "Women told me that they found his body floating in the lake, his hands tied and his throat cut." more >>
Jihadists from Boko Haram reportedly killed a woman in the middle of giving birth to a baby boy, witnesses to last week's massacre in Baga and surrounding villages have said. Satellite images released by Amnesty International revealed the extent of the "catastrophic devastation" following the attacks, which are believed to have killed up to 2,000 people.
"They killed so many people. I saw maybe around 100 killed at that time in Baga. I ran to the bush. As we were running, they were shooting and killing," one witness said.
Another pointed out that Boko Haram killed women and children indiscriminately, including one woman who was in labour. more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is believed to have killed close to 2,000 people in an attack on the city of Baga and surrounding villages in Borno state. Christian leaders have confirmed that several churches have also been burned in the attack.
"I received a message of the Christians Association of Nigeria, the association of Christian churches in Nigeria, which states that in that area Boko Haram has burned several churches and caused numerous victims" said Fr. Patrick Tor Alumuku, director of social communications of the Archdiocese of Abuja.
Boko Haram first attacked Baga on Wednesday, over-running a key military base there. Scores of people fled the surrounding area, and media reports have noted different estimates for the numbers of killed — though Musa Alhaji Bukar, a senior government official in the area, said that close to 2,000 people have died. more >>
Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 40 boys and young men from a village in the state of Borno following a major raid. The victims, believed to be aged from 10 to 23 years old, are likely to be trained to fight for the jihadists.
CNN reported on Sunday that Boko Haram attacked the village of Malari with assault rifles last week, preaching extreme Islamic ideology to the locals and taking 40 people hostage, before moving on to the Sambisa forest.
The militants, who have been waging war on the government and the Christian population for over five years now, are known for their violent attacks and mass kidnappings. In April, they seized over 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, an incident which sparked international outrage. more >>
A suicide bomber blew himself up just outside of an evangelical church in Nigeria Thursday morning.
The blast injured several people at a sanctuary located in the Nigerian city of Gombe, according to residents and a rescue worker.
"There was an explosion outside the ECWA church this morning. A suicide bomber who was restrained from getting into the church blew himself up," said Abubakar Yakubu, the head of the Nigeria Red Cross in Gombe. "Luckily no one was killed but some people were mildly injured." more >>