April 30, 2017

Four arrested Boko Haram suspects die in custody

Four alleged Boko Haram members died in custody shortly after they were arrested, military officials said on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. A Nigerian security official, the report said, confirmed the arrest of 11 members of the sect in Michika town in Adamawa state. They were arrested with the aid of vigilante group, the Civilian Joint Task Force. A commanding officer said on Sunday that six of the suspects were taken to Maiduguri and five others kept in Mubi. Two of the Boko Haram suspects in Mubi died from injuries they sustained after being beaten by the Civilian JTF ...

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Five more killed in second day of Maiduguri attacks

Five more people have been killed in a second day of attacks in Maiduguri, the volatile Borno State capital. Boko Haram insurgents are believed to be behind the attack. At least 15 people were killed on Wednesday when the attacks started. The assailants attacked Gajiram, a town 40 miles from Maiduguri, and opened fire on residents. The attack is believed to be the sect’s retaliation against members of the civilian Joint Task Force vigilante group. They continued on Thursday when gunmen attacked the village of Bulabilin Ngaura, some 20 miles from the capital city. Five more people were killed in ...

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Gunmen attack mosque in Borno; at least 44 people feared dead

At least 44 people were killed on Sunday morning in Borno State during a violent gun attack on a mosque. Radical Islamist sect, known more for their attacks on Christian worship places and government offices, are believed to be behind the killings. According to news agencies, the attackers, suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on worshippers inside a mosque in Konduga town, some 35km outside Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Nigeria’s Defence Ministry is yet to confirm news of the attack. Spokesman for the Ministry, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade as of Monday said: ““I am not aware of this incident. ...

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Eight people killed in Maiduguri; military warns of more attacks during Eid-el-Fitri

Knife-wielding Boko Haram fighters killed at least eight people in Bui town, 200km south of Maiduguri in Borno State, the Associated Press reported. Witnesses and army officials confirmed the attack, which occurred on Tuesday. The attackers were said to have targeted teachers and Muslim clerics in the town, according to the news agency. Bala Anjikui, a teacher, told the AP that the assailants used knives so as not to attract the attention of soldiers with gunshots. The killing took place in the neighborhood close to the Kadafur Cinema and other wards and the victims include a lecturer at the Waka ...

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“Civilian JTF” nabs two women smuggling weapons in Maiduguri market

Vigilante youths in Maiduguri on Sunday reportedly captured two women said to be smuggling arms at the popular Monday Market in the Borno State capital. The youths, known as the “civilian JTF”, were found concealing weapons underneath their veils. One member of the vigilante group, Usman Ibrahim, said the women were arrested during a “routine” check at the gate. “At first we did not bother to look at them, but we realized that one of them was shivering, we said something must be wrong,” Mr. Ibrahim said. He said his group searched the women and found “each of them concealed ...

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JTF rescue three teenage girls kidnapped by Boko Haram

The Joint Task Force in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, have rescued three girls allegedly abducted by the Boko Haram sect. According to the Guardian the three kidnap victims were taken within ten days of each other. The Joint Task Force also urged caution, warning that the sect has adopted new kidnapping tactics. In a statement, JTF spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said insurgents were now using taxicabs to pick up teenage girls and then kidnapping them. The statement reads: “Three teenage girls were at different times and places kidnapped in Maiduguri metropolis in less than ten days using this ...

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UNICEF condemns murder of school children in Maiduguri

Spokesman for UNICEF, Martin Dawes, has condemned in a terse statement the killing of at least nine school students in the Borno state capital city. The students, who were sitting for the NECO exams, in Maiduguri on Monday were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram gunmen. Addressing the senseless murders, Dawes said: UNICEF condemns in the strongest terms the attack which has reportedly left at least nine pupils dead in Maiduguri, north east Nigeria. Five of the children were said to be taking exams when they were shot. Children going to school is an investment for all. UNICEF wishes to ...

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At least 5 NECO candidates killed in Maiduguri

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have attacked yet another school in Borno state, a sect stronghold currently under a state of emergency. Reports have put the death toll between five and nine students who were killed when insurgents attacked Anasarudin, a private primary school in Jajeri ward in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The Vanguard reports that the students were sitting for the National Examination Council, NECO, exams when the assailants struck on Monday. The newspaper reports five students killed, but AFP puts the death toll at nine. The attack on Tuesday comes after a series of attacks claimed by Boko ...

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