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03 Aug 2015 description

8/3/2015 - 00:29 GMT

The Nigerian army has freed 178 people being held hostage by Boko Haram jihadists including more than 100 children, it said late Sunday, as it carries out a regional offensive aimed at rooting out the insurgency.

"During the offensive operations, 178 people held captives by the terrorists were rescued, they include 101 children, 67 women and 10 men respectively," army spokesman Colonel Tukur Gusau said in a statement.

02 Aug 2015 description

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Sunday 8/2/2015 - 22:09 GMT |

Boko Haram fighters killed 13 people in an attack on Malari village in northeast Nigeria's restive Borno state early Sunday, witnesses said.

Local farmer Moha Saleh said 27 people, including women and children, were also injured in the attack, which began when the Islamist militants stormed the village at around 1:00 am (0000 GMT).

"They also set many houses ablaze after accusing us of telling soldiers their whereabouts," he told AFP.

31 Jul 2015 description

Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 20:05 GMT

Cameroon has deported more than 2,000 Nigerians who were living in the country illegally as part of new security measures intended to prevent suicide attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, sources said Friday.

Regional newspaper L'Oeil du Sahel reported that about 2,500 Nigerians had been "rounded up" in Kousseri, in the far north of Cameroon, and sent back to their country on Thursday.

The weekly posted a photo on its Facebook page showing several departing trucks crammed with hundreds of passengers.

31 Jul 2015 description

Yaoundé, Cameroun | AFP | vendredi 31/07/2015 - 19:25 GMT

Plus de 2.000 ressortissants nigérians en situation irrégulière ont été expulsés jeudi du Cameroun vers leur pays, dans le cadre des nouvelles mesures sécuritaires visant à prévenir le risque d'attentats-suicides par les islamistes de Boko Haram, selon des sources concordantes.

31 Jul 2015 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 21:54 GMT

by Aminu Abubakar with Ola Awoniyi in Abuja

A female suicide bomber and Boko Haram gunmen killed 16 people in Nigeria as the commander of a new multinational force tasked with fighting the Islamists pledged on Friday to crush the insurgency "very soon".

Major General Iliya Abbah's appointment in an Abuja ceremony as chief of the 8,700-strong force came as a woman bomber on a tricycle killed six people in a busy market in Maiduguri, the largest city in Nigeria's restive northeastern Borno state.

31 Jul 2015 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 14:01 GMT

At least 10 people were killed when Boko Haram Islamist gunmen raided a village in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state in a revenge attack against local vigilantes, an official said Friday.

Some 32 gunmen on motorcycles raided the village of Kukuwa-Gari at around 10:30 pm (2130 GMT) on Wednesday, killing 10 people including two women, said Baba Nuhu, a member of the local government council.

31 Jul 2015 description

The crisis in CAR has forced more than 1 million people to flee their homes. Today, more than 368,000 people remain displaced, living in the bush, in camps or with host families. They are among the 2.7 million Central African who depend on aid to survive, including 1.2 million people food insecure.

31 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

MAROUA, 31 July 2015 (IRIN) - A month ago, the main market in the Cameroonian town of Maroua was bustling with traders and buyers. Now it is a place of fear and suspicion, bordering on paranoia.
Five suicide bombings in just 13 days in the Far North Region, all blamed on Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, have made people jittery. Thousands of troops have been sent north by the government in distant Yaoundé and draconian security measures have come into force across much of the country.

31 Jul 2015 description

MINUSMA notes with concern that acts contrary to the spirit of the agreements and arrangements relating to the ceasefire and the Peace Agreement as well as allegations of grave human rights violations and abuses have been recorded in several locations, in particular in the regions of the north. These acts are attributed to elements of movements who have signed the Agreement.

30 Jul 2015 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 02:28 GMT

by Ola Awoniyi

Nigeria on Thursday named the head of a new multinational force created to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out a wave of attacks, as the country's outgoing defence chief of staff warned its military was underfunded and poorly equipped.

The announcement came as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was in Cameroon in a bid to forge a stronger regional alliance against the Islamists, while the Nigerian military said it had rescued dozens of people held hostage by the militant group.

30 Jul 2015 description

N'Djamena, Tchad | AFP | jeudi 30/07/2015 - 18:36 GMT

par Stéphane YAS à N'Djamena et Célia LEBUR à Libreville

Le Parlement tchadien débattait jeudi d'un projet de loi antiterroriste élaboré après les premiers attentats sanglants de N'Djamena le mois dernier, un texte qui inquiète l'opposition et les défenseurs des droits de l'Homme.

30 Jul 2015 description

N'Djamena, Chad | AFP | Thursday 7/30/2015 - 18:39 GMT

Chad's parliament was to vote Thursday on a controversial anti-terror bill after a string of deadly Boko Haram attacks, raising fears among opponents and rights activists that the law may be used to curtail freedoms.

After suffering two suicide bombings in a month, including one in a bustling market in the capital N'Djamena, Chad has beefed up security in recent weeks.

30 Jul 2015 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 7/30/2015 - 12:28 GMT

Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said Thursday.

"On Monday around 4 pm (1500 GMT), Boko Haram attacked three villages on the shores of Lake Chad where they slaughtered 10 people, all of them fishermen," Abubakar Gamandi, head of the fishermen's union in Borno State, told AFP.

The account was confirmed by a local fisherman, Buhari Dan-Malam, who lives in Doron Baga.

29 Jul 2015 description

CAMEROON

33 KILLED IN SUICIDE BLASTS
On 25 July, 20 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck a bar in Maroua town, the capital of the Far North Region. The attack, the most deadly of its kind so far, was the third in the region in two weeks. Cameroon’s Far North Region has been repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram insurgents. No gap in terms of medication and medical material is reported so far, but MSF estimates that in case other attacks occur, capacity of health centres will be overwhelmed.

CHAD

29 Jul 2015 description

Yaoundé, Cameroon | Wednesday 7/29/2015 - 11:57 GMT

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists.

Security was tight for the 24-hour visit, after a surge of Boko Haram violence in Cameroon including an unprecedented series of five suicide bombings in the far north.

29 Jul 2015 description

Over the last six months, Child Soldiers International has found worrying evidence of child rights violations by the Chadian army, and non-compliance with child protection commitments by the Chadian authorities.

28 Jul 2015 description

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 20:05 GMT

Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast.

Army officials said the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April, and was recaptured by Nigerian troops last week.