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Attacks in Nigeria Leave at Least 63 Dead

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Red Cross says at least 63 people have died in a wave of violence in northeast Nigeria after a series of bombings and shootings around the city of Damaturu. Armed gunmen rampaged through the town Friday night, bombing police stations, a bank, and several churches. Gunfire rang out through the night, and in the […]

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Bombs Rock Restive Nigerian City

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian officials say at least three bombs exploded in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday, and another in a nearby city. Witnesses say the blasts took place within a short period of time in Maiduguri, where the government has blamed increasing violence on the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram. Authorities say one of the […]

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3 Explosions Rock Restive Nigerian City

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian officials say at least three bombs exploded in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday. Witnesses say the blasts took place within a short period of time in the volatile city, where the government has blamed increasing violence on the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram. Authorities say one of the explosions took place at […]

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Nigerian Court Dismisses Election Challenge

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Nigerian court has thrown out a petition to nullify President Goodluck Jonathan’s election victory in April. Justice Kumai Akaahs said a five-judge panel unanimously decided to dismiss the petition, which he said “fails in its entirety.” The challenge, filed by the opposition Congress for Progressive Change, sought to overturn Mr. Jonathan’s win, citing voting […]

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Nigerian Islamists Claim Killing of Journalist

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Nigerian Islamist sect has claimed responsibility for the killing of a state television cameraman. A spokesman for Boko Haram said in a statement Tuesday the group killed Zakariyya Isa because he was spying on them for Nigerian security services. The spokesman said information provided by Isa led to the arrest of many Boko Haram […]

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State Journalist Killed in Northern Nigeria

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have killed a state media employee in a northern Nigerian city, where Muslim fundamentalists have carried out a series of deadly attacks. Authorities said Sunday that Zakariyya Isa, a cameraman with the state-run Nigerian Television Authority, died in Maiduguri after being shot the night before. He was attacked soon after leaving a mosque. There […]

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Nigerian Police Suspect Radical Islamists Killed Lawmaker

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Police in northern Nigeria say suspected members of a radical Islamic sect have killed a lawmaker. Authorities said gunmen shot Modu Bintube late Sunday while he was standing outside his home in the city of Maiduguri. Officials blamed the attack on Boko Haram. The group has been blamed for many bombings and shootings aimed at […]

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West Africa Pirates Free Tanker, 20 Crew Members

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pirates have released an oil tanker and its 20 Eastern European crew members seized last week off Nigeria’s coast. Shipping industry officials say all the crew members of the Marshall Islands-flagged ship were freed unharmed early Friday. It is not clear if a ransom was paid to secure their release. The company that manages the […]

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Pirates Release Crew of Oil Tanker Seized off Nigeria

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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The crew of a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker seized by pirates last week off the coast of Nigeria has been released. The Russian agency that hired the sailors said the entire crew was freed early Friday, and that none of the members had been harmed. The company said it would provide information on how the […]

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Nigerian Accused of Failed US Plane Attack Pleads Guilty

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up an American airliner with a bomb in his underwear has pleaded guilty to all charges against him. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab faces life in prison for the failed 2009 Christmas Day attack. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to the eight charges against him, including conspiracy to commit terrorism, […]

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