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Jury Selection Starts in Trial of Underwear Bomber

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Jury selection has started in the midwestern American city of Detroit for the trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, 2009. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has become known as “the underwear bomber” because prosecutors say he concealed the explosives in his underwear during the flight from […]

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At Least 19 Killed in Nigeria Village Assault

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Police now say 19 people were killed and at least six others gravely wounded when armed men rampaged through a village in northern Nigeria, shooting people and slashing them with machetes. Local police said a group of 150 assailants descended on the village of Lingyado in Zamfara state knocking on people’s doors and attacking them. […]

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At Least 18 Killed in Nigeria Village Assault

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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At least 18 people are dead after armed men rampaged through a village in northern Nigeria, attacking people with guns and machetes. Local police said Sunday that a group of 150 assailants descended on the village of Lingyado in Zamfara state. Reports from the area said the attackers went door-to-door, shooting or slashing their victims. […]

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Nigerian President Pledge to Secure Country

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to make his country secure during an Independence Day broadcast to his nation. Mr. Jonathan spoke Saturday, as security forces were deployed heavily in Abuja and across the country. He said his government condemns all acts of violence and vowed that recent attacks blamed on Islamists will not define […]

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Nigerian Authorities Find 12 Bodies in Oil-Rich State

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Nigerian authorities have discovered 12 unidentified bodies in a village in the southern part of the country. Officials in Nigeria’s Rivers state said Friday the bodies were found in the village of Uni Ikata, which lies in the country’s oil-rich southern delta region. Nigerian police say the cause of death is not immediately clear, and […]

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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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Nigeria Offers Reward for Alleged UN Building Bomber

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria is offering a large reward for information on the alleged mastermind of last month’s deadly bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Abuja. Nigeria’s State Security Service said Sunday it will pay $160,000 for information leading to the capture of Mamman Nur. The agency has said that Nur belongs to the radical Islamic sect Boko […]

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4 Suspects in Nigeria UN Bombing Make Court Appearance

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 7:07 pm (UTC-5)
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Prosecutors in Nigeria have accused four men of organizing last month’s suicide bombing on the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria. Prosecutors told a court in Abuja Friday that the four men are members of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for the attack on the U.N. building. They say the men conspired […]

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Nigerian Universities on Alert after Threats from Boko Haram

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 6:36 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Nigeria have increased security measures at multiple universities after receiving a threat from a radical Islamist sect responsible for several deadly attacks in recent months. Authorities say that Boko Haram, whose name translates from the Hausa language as “Western education is sinful,” recently threatened to attack several universities across the country. Security has […]

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Nigeria Charges 8 For Abuja-Area Bombings

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 2:01 pm (UTC-5)
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A Nigerian court has charged eight suspects with allegedly taking part in a string of deadly bombings around the capital. Prosecutors say the accused are members of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks in Nigeria and has been blamed for dozens of others. The suspects allegedly played […]

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