NIGERIA: ‘ Two Hundred Boko Haram Militants and its Feared Commander Amir Killed – Reports ‘

#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA(Maiduguri) September 14 – Two Hundred fighters of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group, including a feared commander known only as Amir,have been killed in a Friday battle near the city of Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria, according to an officer and witnesses,who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Unknown and Most Feared General of Boko Haram - Amir

Unknown and Most Feared General of Boko Haram – Amir

The insurgents were reportedly advancing on the town of Konduga when they were confronted by Nigerian troops and members of civilian self-defence groups fighting alongside the soldiers.

Boko Haram in recent weeks has taken several towns in Nigeria’s north-east, as the group, inspired by the Islamic States(IS)group’s advance in Syria and Iraq, has pledged to create an Islamic caliphate.


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Boko Haram Militants ‘Seize Young Mothers’ in fresh attack

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has demanded prisoner releases

Boko Haram gunmen have reportedly kidnapped up to 40 young mothers from an area near Chibok, the village where more than 250 schoolgirls were abducted nearly two months ago. The exact number of women taken in the latest raid is thought to be at least 20 – although one local leader from Borno state put it as high as 40. The kidnappings happened on Saturday in and around the village of Garkin Fulani, five miles from Chibok.

“Available information revealed that the gunmen came around noon and abducted 20 women and three young men left to keep watch on the village,” said one local man. “All the males in the settlement were away in the bush with their herd (of cattle) for grazing when the abductors came to the village. “We tried to go after them when the news got to us about three hours later, but the vehicles we have could not go far, and the report came to us a little bit late,” he said

separate attack in the state of Adamawa was foiled, police say

There was no immediate indication of where the women were taken and there had been no contact from the kidnappers. A local official of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (Macban) said the young women were singled out and put into vehicles before being driven away. Similar kidnappings for ransom have been going on in the area for some time but locals have been too afraid to speak out because of fears of reprisals from the Islamist militants, the official said. “This is not the first time women are being kidnapped in this area and only released when we pay cattle ransom to the kidnappers. It has happened several times,” he said.

Many girls escaped a few weeks ago:

A protest held in Lagos called for the return of the Chibok schoolgirls

Locals always paid the ransom but do not inform the authorities, he said. A Borno state government official said the authorities were aware of the kidnapping of women from the village but denied knowledge of previous abductions. “This is the first time we are hearing abduction of Fulani women and we are working to establish the circumstances surrounding the kidnap and necessary action to take,” he added. In another incident, the country’s defence ministry said troops had prevented raids by Boko Haram this weekend on villages in Borno and neighbouring Adamawa state, with soldiers killing more than 50 militants on Saturday night as they were on their way to attack communities. The military has come under rising criticism from Nigerians who say they are not being protected and are being left to fend off attacks by Boko Haram on their own. The militant group, which wants to establish Islamic state in Nigeria, has been taking over villages in the northeast, killing and terrorising civilians and political leaders

A policeman on the phone before the start of the Lagos rally

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` 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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#AceWorldNews LONDON May 19 With 5 intelligence specialists…

#AceWorldNews – LONDON – May 19 – With 5 intelligence specialists on-board, the plane will fly over northern Nigeria to determine where extremists hold the abducted girls.

The Sentinel R1 is capable of staying in the air at high altitudes for a long time.

Intelligence analysts will receive detailed 3D images of terrain from ground mapping radars.

The specialists will scan the images for possible evidence and suspicious movements.

Experts say similar technologies were widely used in Afghanistan.

The data will be then passed to the Nigerian authorities.


Britain’s Royal Air Force spy plane Sentinel R1 has flown to Nigeria to aid in search for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram extremists in April, the UK Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence said.

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#AceWorldNews NIGERIA May 06 NIGERIA At least 300…

#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – May 06 – NIGERIA At least 300 people were killed in a north-eastern Nigerian town on the Cameroon border in the latest attack by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, AFP reports, citing a local senator and witnesses.


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` Nigerian Police have offered $300,000 Cash Reward to anyone Finding the Abducted School Girls ‘

#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – May 06 – Nigerian police have offered a $300,000 cash reward to anyone able to find the missing Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted and enslaved by the Islamist militant Boko Haram sect.

The girls disappeared more than three weeks ago from a boarding school in the north-east of the country.

The number of Nigerian girls taken in the latest kidnapping raid by Boko Haram Islamists has risen to 11, AFP reported, citing a an official in the restive north-east. Gunmen stormed the Warabe village in the Gwoza area of Borno state late Sunday and abducted eight girls.

After leaving Warabe the militants stormed the Wala village, 5 kilometres away, and abducted three more girls, Gwoza local government official Hamba Tada said.

On Monday the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, stated in a video obtained by AFP that Boko Haram had taken the girls and intended to sell them in the market. Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” and the group frequently stage attacks.

The sect has been growing bolder in recent month and the kidnapping occurred the same day as an explosion which killed 75 people on the outskirts of the capital Abuja – the first on the city in some two years.

So far this year, the group has been responsible for some 1,500 deaths.


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` Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Kidnap 8 Girls Aged 12-15 and Threatening to Sell other 200 as God Instructed '

#AceNewsServices – NIGERIA – May 06 – (Reuters) – Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls aged 12 to 15 from a village near one of their strongholds in north-east Nigeria overnight, police and residents said on Tuesday.

“They were many, and all of them carried guns. They came in two vehicles painted in army colour. They started shooting in our village,” said Lazarus Musa, a resident of Warabe, where the attack happened.

A police source, who could not be named, said the girls were taken away on trucks, along with looted livestock and food.

The Islamist rebels are still holding more than 200 girls they abducted from a secondary school on April 14.

‘Instructions from God’

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau sent a video – obtained by the AFP news agency – in which he said for the first time that his group had taken the girls.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden”, has attacked numerous educational institutions in northern Nigeria.

In the video, Abubakar Shekau said the girls should not have been in school in the first place, but rather should get married.

“God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions,” he said.

Reports last week said that some of the girls had been forced to marry their abductors, who paid a nominal bride price of $12 (£7).

Others are reported to have been taken across borders into Cameroon and Chad.

President Goodluck Jonathan has said everything was being done to find the girls.

Boko Haram analyst Jacob Zenn says the girls, aged 16 to 18, have probably been split into smaller groups and it will be hard to track them.

“Any effort to rescue them will have to be done in a very piecemeal fashion and might take over a decade,” he told the BBC’s Newsday programme.

Boko Haram Analyst Jacob Zenn

For the past one and half years Boko Haram has been carrying out kidnappings of girls but this one was on a much larger scale than anything else. It should also be noted that Boko Haram began this tactic when the Nigerian security forces also began kidnapping, or rather taking as prisoners, the wives and children of Boko Haram members.

On an operational level Boko Haram is likely using these girls as human shields and keeping them in their camps which will prevent the Nigerian air force from bombing those camps.

Furthermore there is also the potential monetary reward if Boko Haram can sell some of them back to their parents.

It’s very likely that the girls have been split up into dozens of groups – maybe into twos or threes or fours. Any effort to rescue them will have to be done in a very piecemeal fashion and might take over a decade.

When you look at Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army(LRA) in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, they took some girls captive more than a decade ago and some of them still remain captive even though most of them have been freed or escaped.

Contributions from Jacob Zenn is the African Affairs analyst at The Jamestown Foundation



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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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` Al-Qaeda and Affiliate Groups on the Increase World-Wide and US Singles Out Iran as Major State Sponsor ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – April 30 – A surge in the number of aggressive Al-Qaeda affiliates and like-minded groups the Middle East and North Africa poses a serious threat to U.S. interests and allies, the State Department said Wednesday in reporting a more than 40 percent increase in terrorist attacks worldwide between 2012 and 2013.

The department also singled out Iran as a major state sponsor of terrorism that continues to defy demands it prove its atomic ambitions are peaceful even as Washington pursues negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.

In its annual global terrorism report, the department said that losses in Al-Qaeda’s core leadership in Pakistan and Afghanistan “accelerated” the network’s decentralization in 2013. That has resulted in more autonomous and more aggressive affiliates, notably in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, north-west Africa, and Somalia, it said.

“The terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2013, with an increasing number of groups around the world — including both AQ affiliates and other terrorist organizations — posing a threat to the United States, our allies, and our interests,” according to the strategic assessment of the “Country Reports on Terrorism.”

The report identified a 43 percent increase in the number of terrorist attacks in 2013 from 2012, according to statistics provided by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

It counted 9,707 terrorist attacks around the world in 2013, resulting in more than 17,800 deaths and more than 32,500 injuries. Most of those occurred in Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Thailand and Yemen. In 2012, the figures were 6,771 terrorist attacks, with more than 11,000 deaths and more than 21,600 injuries. Most of those where in the same 10 countries as in 2013.

The most lethal attacks in 2013 were conducted by the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Pakistani Taliban, Nigeria’s Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Al-Qaeda in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to the report.

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` Rush Hour Bomb in ` Nigerian Bus Station ‘ Kills 71 People and Injures 124 Raising Concerns of Islamist’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – ABUJA – April 14 – (REUTERS) – A morning rush hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station on the outskirts of the capital on Monday, raising concerns about the spread of an Islamist insurgency after the deadliest ever attack on Abuja.

Suspicion fell on Boko Haram, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility from the Islamists who are mainly active in the north-east. As well as 71 dead, police said 124 were wounded in the first attack on the federal capital in two years.

Security experts suspect the explosion was inside a vehicle, said Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, director of search and rescue operations.


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` UN accuses ` Nigerian Security Forces ‘ of ` Human-Rights-Abuses ‘ fighting a near 5-year `Islamist Insurgency ‘

#AceWorldNews Nigerian security forces have committed human-rights abuses as they fight a near five-year Islamist insurgency by the Boko Haram sect, Reuters said, citing a UN official.

Boko Haram has killed thousands in its effort to carve out an Islamic state, and rights groups say the military carries out extra-judicial killings, torture and illegally detains suspects.

“Many people… acknowledge human rights violations have been committed by the security forces,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told reporters in Abuja on Friday.


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“Over a Hundred People mainly `Christian’ have been `Massacred’ in a Nigerian village whilst trying to impose Sharia Law”

#AceWorldNews says latest reports indicate that at least 106 people have been massacred in a Nigerian village, the country’s senator Ali Ndume told AFP, blaming the attack on Boko Haram militants.

The politician added that 60 of those killed have been buried. Witnesses say that some 200 people dressed in military uniform came at around 20:30 GMT in motorcycles and six trucks.

Locals were asked to assemble when alleged Boko Haram members started hacking and slaughtering the mostly Christian village. Boko Haram is seeking to impose Shariah law in Africa’s top oil producer.

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Nigeria: ” Goodluck Jonathan Replaces Entire Military Leadership without Any Explanation”

#AceWorldNews says Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan replaced his entire military leadership without explanation on Thursday, Reuters reported. The chiefs of defense, army, navy and air force were removed and their successors named. The military has suffered a series of setbacks recently in fighting the Boko Haram sect which is trying to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

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