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Jonathan: Boko Haram Members in Nigerian Gov’t

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says radical Islamist sect Boko Haram has infiltrated the government, complicating efforts to fight the group. At a speech Sunday in the capital, Abuja, Mr. Jonathan asserted that Boko Haram members are in the executive, parliamentary and judicial branches of government, and also in the armed forces. He said the situation […]

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Pastor: Gunmen Kill 10 in Northern Nigeria Church

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The pastor of a church in northern Nigeria says gunmen burst into a Thursday night service, killing six worshippers and wounding 10. Pastor Johnson Jauro of the Deeper Life church in Gombe says his wife is among the dead. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack and police have not yet commented. The radical […]

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Bomb Blasts Hit Northern Nigeria

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Bombs have exploded in two northern Nigerian cities, less than a week after the country’s president declared a state of emergency in the region. Authorities said there were no casualties late Wednesday when the blasts hit the cities of Maiduguri and Damaturu. A purported spokesman for the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram said the group […]

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Militants Warn Southerners to Leave Northern Nigeria

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A purported spokesman for Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has warned southerners to leave the country’s north, while promising clashes with government soldiers. Abul Qaqa, who has spoken on behalf of the Islamist group in the past, told journalists in a phone conference late Sunday that the group’s fighters will “confront” soldiers sent to parts […]

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Nigeria Accuses Politicans of Funding Boko Haram

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s intelligence agency says some members of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram are being funded by local politicians. The State Security Service (SSS) said Monday that its arrest of an alleged Boko Haram spokesman confirmed its view that, in the agency’s words, “some of the Boko Haram extremists have political patronage and sponsorship.” The […]

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Nigeria Committee Urges Dialogue with Violent Islamic Sect

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 8:38 pm (UTC-5)
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A government-appointed committee says Nigeria should negotiate with the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, blamed for numerous deadly attacks, including one at the U.N. headquarters in Abuja last month. The panel’s head said the federal government should consider dialogue and negotiation with Boko Haram, on the condition that the group first renounce violence. He said […]

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Nigerian Gov’t Seeks Talks With Boko Haram

Posted July 31st, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s government says it to wants to negotiate with radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, which is blamed for dozens of killings in the country’s northeast. A government statement says President Goodluck Jonathan has named a seven-person panel to open talks with the group. It says the president appointed the panel after meetings with local leaders. […]

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