` Nigeria Witnesses Car Bombs and Killings Over Last Few Days by Boko Haram in and Around Chibok ‘

#AceNewsServices – LAGOS – May 20 and 21 – Twin car bombings on Tuesday killed at least 46 in central Nigeria in the latest in a series of deadly blasts that will stoke fears about security despite international help in the fight against Boko Haram militants.


A deadly suicide car bomb attack on Sunday killed four people in the northern city of Kano. -Reuters Photo

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan swiftly condemned the attack in the central city of Jos, calling it a “tragic assault on human freedom” and condemning the perpetrators as “cruel and evil”.

“President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that (the) government remains fully committed to winning the war against terror and… will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilisation,” his office said.

Forty-five people were also injured in the attack where improvised explosive devices were hidden in a truck and a minibus, according to the military.

Most of the victims were women, Pam Ayuba, spokesman for Plateau state governor Jonah Jang, said, while the emergency services said their workers were caught up in the second blast as they attended victims from the first.

Two attacks by Boko Haram gunmen killed 30 people near Chibok, AFP reported, citing witnesses.

Islamists kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in the north-east Nigerian town last month.

The first attack on Monday afternoon reportedly killed 10 in the village of Shawa, some 7km from Chibok. Gunmen then stormed the nearby village of Alagarno late Tuesday where they killed 20 people and stole food, razed homes and fired on fleeing civilians, witnesses say.

Dawn – AFP – Reuters

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` Girls and Young Women Kidnapped from a School in Nigeria Being Forced to Marry Islamic Extremists ‘

#AceNewsServices – LAGOS – Nigeria – (AP) Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating over the students’ fate and is demanding an unspecified ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader told The Associated Press.

He said the Wednesday night message from the abductors also claimed that two of the girls have died from snake bites.

The message was sent to a member of a presidential committee mandated last year to mediate a ceasefire with the Islamic extremists, said the civic leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak about the talks.

The news of negotiations comes as parents say the girls are being sold into marriage to Boko Haram militants. The students are being paid 2,000 naira ($12) to marry the fighters, Halite Aliyu of the Borno-Yobe People’s Forum told The Associated Press.

She said the parents’ information about mass weddings is coming from villagers in the Sambisa Forest, on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, where Boko Haram is known to have hideouts.

“The latest reports are that they have been taken across the borders, some to Cameroon and Chad,” Aliyu said. It was not possible to verify the reports about more than 200 missing girls kidnapped in the northeast by the Boko Haram terrorist network two weeks ago.

“Some of them have been married off to insurgents. A medieval kind of slavery. You go and capture women and then sell them off,” community elder Pogu Bitrus of Chibok, the town where the girls were abducted, told the BBC Hausa Service.

BBC (Africa) April 30 – Hundreds of mainly women protesters have marched through the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to press for the release of 230 schoolgirls abducted by militants two weeks ago.

The government should, if necessary, negotiate with their captors to secure their release, a protester said.

The Islamist group Boko Haram has been blamed for abducting the girls from their school in Chibok, Borno state.

Boko Haram has not yet made any response to the accusation.

The group, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language, has staged a wave of attacks in northern Nigeria in recent years, with an estimated 1,500 killed in the violence and subsequent security crackdown this year alone.

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