The United States has no combat troops in Africa, but has been increasing support to allies in the region battling Boko Haram.
Boko Haram waged fresh attacks in northeastern Nigeria, killing nearly 170 people this week in violence Nigeria’s president called “inhuman and barbaric.”
Analysts predict challenger Muhammadu Buhari to win the Nigerian presidential election which would not only be the first democratic transfer of power in the country, but a victory for the Muslim minorities in the largely Christian nation.
At 8 AM on Monday, as students in Nigeria gathered for a school assembly, a suicide bomb attack targeted dozens of schoolboys.
After a 42-day period of no new, confirmed cases of Ebola in Nigeria, the World Health Organization has declared the country Ebola-free.
The Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram is suspected of being involved in the gun battle and explosion at Nigeria College earlier today.
Monrovia (AFP) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a nighttime curfew from Wednesday and quarantined two affected neighborhoods in a bid to stem the Ebola epidemic rampaging through West Africa. “Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am,” Sirleaf said in a radio address late Tuesday. “All […]
Lagos (AFP) – The death toll of the Ebola epidemic neared 1,000 on Wednesday as fears rose that the disease is now taking hold in Africa’s most populous nation of Nigeria after a second death among seven confirmed cases in Lagos. The spread of the disease comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) met in […]
By Coumba SYLLA Freetown (AFP) — Alarm soared in west Africa Monday over the deadliest Ebola virus outbreak yet, with an American doctor and a missionary contracting the disease in Liberia and the death of the first victim from Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian charity, said that its physician Kent Brantly was […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday met with a group of schoolgirls who escaped from the terrorist group Boko Haram and the parents of the abducted girls, about 100 days after nearly 300 girls were seized. But there were troubling signs that Nigeria’s battle against the insurgency […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Nigerian militants attacked a village in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, killing many civilians, according to local officials and residents cited in Nigerian media. The gunmen attacked Damboa, about 50 miles south of Maiduguri, throwing explosives into houses, burning buildings, torching the market, and shooting civilians randomly, according […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Malala Yousafzai, the teenage campaigner for girls education in Pakistan, told journalists on Monday that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan assured her he would free 219 abducted schoolgirls being held by Islamist militants. Malala, who survived a 2012 attack by Pakistani militants opposed to the education of girls, marked […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Nigeria’s nightmare scenario has been this: Islamist militias waging terror in the country’s northeast launch attacks in distant Lagos, a chaotic megacity of about 20 million in the southeast and the country’s economic engine. Two weeks ago, Islamic extremists from Boko Haram, or an offshoot group, did […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — A morning bomb blast near a market in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri caused havoc Tuesday, with fears that dozens of people may have been killed, according to defense officials. It was the latest in a series of terror attacks in the country’s troubled north. Nigeria’s Defense […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Violence hit the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Wednesday when a bomb blast at a shopping mall rocked the upscale Wuse 2 neighborhood, sending a pall of black smoke into the sky and killing 21 people. Police confirmed that 21 died and 17 others were injured in […]
Abuja (AFP) – A bomb exploded in a crowded shopping center in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people and wounding 17, police and the government said. “The casualty figure for now is 21 persons dead, 17 injured,” national police spokesman Frank Mba said, adding that an arrest had been made. Senior […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — At least 91 people — more than 60 women and girls, and 31 school boys — were abducted last week by suspected Boko Haram militants, two months after the terror group kidnapped more than 300 schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria, according to witnesses. Local media reported about 60 people […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — At least eight people were killed Monday by a bomb blast at the School of Hygiene in the northern Nigeria city of Kano, with suspicion falling on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Nigerian media reported a suicide bomber approached a line of students at the school […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times KANO, Nigeria — When soldiers of Nigeria’s corrupt and incompetent army patrol remote and vulnerable towns in the northeast, boys often watch as they pass, then hurl rocks at them. Yet early last month, residents of Gamboru Ngala, on the border with Cameroon, cheered the uniformed men on military vehicles […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — A suicide bomber driving a three-wheeler taxi detonated a blast at an open-air World Cup viewing venue in northern Nigeria on Tuesday night, killing 14 people, according to police. Police Assistant Superintendent Nathan Cheghan told the Associated Presst that 26 others were wounded in the attack in […]
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Boko Haram militants were on Wednesday suspected of carrying out a deadly bomb attack against football fans watching the World Cup in northern Nigeria, in the latest violence targeting the game. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in the Nayi-Nama area of Damaturu on Tuesday night but […]