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Nigeria's Shia leader flies to India for medical treatment

Aug. 13, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of Nigeria's Shia community, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife have flown to India for medical treatment after their temporary release from prison. Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, and his wife had been in prison since 2015 when the military clamped...

Nigeria to allow Shia leader to leave jail for medical care

Aug. 5, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian court on Monday granted the leader of the country's main Shia group, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, permission to leave prison in order to travel abroad for medical treatment. Abdullahi Usman a spokesman for the group told The Associated Press that the court granted Zakzaky and...

More than 60 killed in extremist attack on Nigeria villagers

Jul. 28, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Boko Haram extremists killed more than 60 people in an attack on villagers leaving a funeral in northeastern Nigeria, a local official said Sunday. It was the deadliest extremist attack against civilians in the region this year. Muhammad Bulama, council chairman of the...

More than 60 killed in Nigeria's worst extremist attack against civilians this year

Jul. 28, 2019 4:50 PM EDT
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — More than 60 killed in Nigeria's worst extremist attack against civilians this year.

After 10 years of Boko Haram violence, Nigerians crave peace

Jul. 26, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suicide bombings, mass kidnappings, tens of thousands of people killed. A ghastly insurgency by the homegrown Islamic extremist group Boko Haram marks 10 years this week in northeastern Nigeria, where many residents say life has been set back by decades. "It feels like 100 years, ...

After 10 years of Boko Haram violence, Nigerians crave peace

Jul. 25, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suicide bombings, mass kidnappings, tens of thousands of people killed. A ghastly insurgency by the homegrown Islamic extremist group Boko Haram marks 10 years this week in northeastern Nigeria, where many residents say life has been set back by decades. "It feels like 100 years, ...

Many killed in Nigerian protests for release of Shia leader

Jul. 23, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Security was high in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Tuesday, a day after several people were killed in clashes between police and the country's main Shia group. A police officer and a reporter for the Channels television network were among those killed in the clashes in the capital, Abuja,...

4 Turks kidnapped in central Nigeria

Jul. 22, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police say four Turkish nationals have been abducted by gunmen. Okasanmi Ajayi, police spokesman in Kwara state, told The Associated Press that four Turkish construction workers were at a drinking spot when six gunmen walked in and abducted them. He said the incident occurred...

Man climbs onto plane wing before takeoff at Nigeria airport

Jul. 19, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian aviation authorities say an intruder who climbed onto the wing of a commercial plane that was preparing to fly from the country's busiest airport has been detained. A viral video of Friday's incident at the international airport in Lagos also showed panicked passengers who...

Aid group says 1 dead, 6 seized in Nigeria extremist ambush

Jul. 19, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — An international aid group says a driver is dead and six people are missing after suspected extremists ambushed a convoy in northeastern Nigeria. An Action Against Hunger statement says the convoy was heading to the border community of Damasak on Thursday when the ambush occurred....