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Flooding Kills 10 in Nigeria, Displaces Thousands

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Flooding in eastern Nigeria has killed at least 10 people and displaced thousands of others. Emergency officials say the flood resulted from the release of water from a dam in neighboring Cameroon. The head of the agency in Nigeria’s Adamawa state, Shadrach Daniel, told the French news agency Monday that flooding swept away more than […]

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Nigeria Presidency Confirms ‘Backroom’ Talks With Boko Haram

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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A spokesman for Nigeria’s president has confirmed the government is engaged in talks with Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group blamed for killing hundreds of people. Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said “backroom” negotiations are being held to bring peace and stability, particularly in the north where most of the violence has taken place. Abati told […]

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Nigerian Militant Group Claims Talks With Government

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A purported spokesman for the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram says the group is engaged in direct talks with the government on ending violence in the country’s north. In a statement obtained by VOA , Habu Mohammed, who claims to be a deputy to Boko Haram leader Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, says the militant group decided […]

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Nigerian Troops Kill 20 Suspected Islamist Militants

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian officials say security troops have killed 20 suspected Boko Haram Islamists in the restive north. Officials say one soldier died and two others were wounded in the shootout Sunday in the city of Maiduguri, in Borno state. The military and the police acted on a tip that members of Boko Haram were meeting at […]

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Central Nigerian Town Under Curfew to Quell Sectarian Violence

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Residents in a south-central Nigeria town are under a dusk-to-dawn curfew after separate attacks at a church and mosque this week killed at least 22 people. The sectarian violence took place in the city of Okene in Kogi State. On Monday, unidentified gunmen killed 19 people at a Christian church during a worship service. Late […]

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Gunmen Kill 19 Worshippers in Attack on Nigerian Church

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen fired on worshippers at a church service late Monday in southern Nigeria, killing at least 19 people and wounding several others. Nigerian officials say an unknown number of gunmen stormed the Deeper Life church in Okene, in Kogi state. Authorities are searching for the attackers, but have made no arrests. There has been no […]

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Gunmen Kill 15 Worshippers in Attack on Nigerian Church

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have opened fire on worshippers during a church service in central Nigeria, killing at least 15 people. Nigerian officials say an unknown number of gunmen stormed the church late Monday near Okene in Kogi state. Kogi state is in Nigeria’s middle belt, where the Muslim-dominated north and the Christian-majority south meet. There was no […]

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Suicide Car Bombing in Northern Nigeria Kills 7

Posted August 5th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigerian police say a suicide car bomber has killed at least six soldiers and one civilian in an attack in the northeastern state of Yobe. Yobe state police commissioner Patrick Egbuniwe said the bomber detonated his vehicle Sunday, as security forces were chasing him in the city of Damaturu. There was no immediate claim of […]

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100 Dead in Nigeria Fuel Truck Fire

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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At least 100 people were killed after a gasoline tanker crashed in southern Nigeria and exploded. A VOA reporter on the scene says the truck, carrying about 33,000 liters of fuel, collided with another vehicle in southern Rivers state Thursday. Authorities say most of the victims rushed to the scene to scoop up the spilled […]

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Dozens Killed in Nigeria Fuel Truck Fire

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Nearly 100 people were killed after a gasoline tanker crashed in Nigeria’s southern oil-producing Niger Delta region Thursday. Police say the truck tipped over in southern Rivers state and people rushed to the scene to scoop up the spilled fuel. The tanker then caught fire, leaving more than 92 people dead and several seriously injured. […]

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