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IS-linked group kills Nigerian general, destroys buildings

Nov. 13, 2021 12:29 PM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An Islamic State-linked extremist group blamed for killing thousands in Nigeria and neighboring West African countries has killed four members of the Nigerian army, including a general, the army said Saturday. The Islamic State in West Africa...

Nigerian official says new leader of IS-linked group killed

Oct. 22, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security forces have killed the new leader of an Islamic State-linked extremist group blamed for killing hundreds in Nigeria and neighboring West African countries, a senior security official said on Friday. Nigeria’s national security...

Nigerian military says leader of IS-linked group is dead

Oct. 14, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military claimed Thursday that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the leader of an Islamic State-linked extremist group blamed for killing hundreds in the northeast, had died. There was no immediate confirmation from the militants. At a news...

15 Nigerian women, children escape from Boko Haram captivity

Oct. 12, 2021 05:29 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Six women and nine children abducted by Nigeria's Boko Haram extremist rebels in the country’s troubled northeast have escaped after months in captivity, according to a Borno state official. The 15 former hostages met with Borno Governor Babagana...

Gunmen release 10 more Nigerian students after fresh ransom

Sep. 26, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen in Nigeria on Sunday freed 10 students abducted in the northwest Kaduna state after collecting a ransom, a school official told The Associated Press. The Rev. John Hayab said the students were released on Sunday afternoon, nearly three...

Nigerian air force probes reports it killed civilians

Sep. 16, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian air force says it is investigating reports that shots fired from one of its jets in the northeast killed civilians. This would be the fourth major accidental killing of civilians by the air force in less than 5 years as it faces...

Nigerian army says high profile Boko Haram member arrested

Sep. 09, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian army said Thursday that its troops have arrested a high-profile member of the Boko Haram extremist group in northern Borno State, where the rebels' 12-year insurgency is concentrated. Army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said Yawi Modu was...