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Nigeria Prez seeks USD 1 bn in loan to fight insurgents

Embattled Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sought parliamentary approval to borrow up to USD 1 billion in foreign loan to fight an insurgency by Boko Haram militants which has claimed thousands of lives in the past five years.

Boko Haram attacks kill more than 50 in Nigeria

Haram gunmen killed more than 50 people in three separate attacks, including two near Chibok, the Nigerian town were the Islamists kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month, witnesses said on Wednesday.

US troops deploy to Chad in hunt for Nigerian girls

The United States has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help regional efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in neighboring Nigeria, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

US condemns `vicious` Nigeria bombings

The United States on Wednesday condemned the "vicious" bombing of Nigeria`s central city of Jos, and voiced confidence the Nigerian government could eventually rein in Boko Haram with help.

US condemns `vicious` Nigeria bombings

The United States on Wednesday condemned the "vicious" bombing of Nigeria`s central city of Jos, and voiced confidence the Nigerian government could eventually rein in Boko Haram with help.

Bombings kill at least 118 in central Nigerian city of Jos

Back-to-back bomb blasts killed at least 118 people and wounded 45 in the crowded business district of the central Nigerian city of Jos on Tuesday, emergency services said, in an attack that appeared to bear the hallmarks of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Back-to-back bombings kill 46 in central Nigerian city Jos

Back-to-back bomb blasts killed at least 46 people and wounded 45 in the crowded business district of the central Nigerian city of Jos on Tuesday, police said, in an attack that appeared to bear the hallmarks of Boko Haram insurgents.

Nigeria massacre: Boko Haram kill 40, torch 300 homes

Islamist insurgents last week killed a total of 40 people and wounded a dozen others in two separate incidents in restive northeast Nigeria, a local official said.

Nigerian Islamists kill 27 in northeast attacks: Official

Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram killed 27 villagers in two attacks in Nigeria`s restive northeast this week, a government official said, as violence continued to flare in the face of an army crackdown on the militants.

Clashes between Boko Haram, Nigeria vigilantes kill 18

Clashes in Nigeria`s restive northeast today killed five Boko Haram Islamists and 13 fighters from a vigilante group which has fought a series of recent battles with the Islamists, a state government official said.

Militants kill 44 inside Nigerian mosque

Suspected Islamic militants gunned down at least 44 people praying at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a string of attacks blamed on religious extremists.

Bandits kill 48 in Nigeria village raid

At least 48 people have been killed when armed bandits raided a northern Nigerian village in an apparent reprisal attack targeting a local vigilante group.

Boko Haram militants attack school in Nigeria, kill 9 pupils

Suspected Islamic militants have opened fire on students taking exams at a school in the country`s troubled northeast, killing at least nine pupils in the latest violence to wrack the volatile region, witnesses said.

Kidnapped French sailor freed in Nigeria: Military

A French sailor who was kidnapped from a tanker in Togo has been freed in southern Nigeria after an army rescue, the military said on Tuesday.

At least 9,000 flee northern Nigeria violence

At least 9,000 people have fled violence in northern Nigeria and crossed into neighbouring countries as a government offensive aims to end a four-year Islamist insurgency, the UN said on Tuesday.

Nigeria proscribes radical Islamic sect Boko Haram

Nigeria`s President Goodluck Jonathan has decreed that two radical Islamic outfits in the country, including Boko Haram sect, be classified as terror groups and approved their proscription.

39 killed in Nigeria violence

At least 39 people have been killed in Nigeria`s northern state of Taraba as clashes broke out between Christians and Muslims at a funeral.

17 killed in northern Nigeria violence

At least 17 people, including ten militants, have been killed in fighting between members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram and security forces in northeastern Nigeria, officials said on Monday.

4 killed in attack on Indian-owned ship in Nigeria

Four persons were killed on Tuesday when a ship belonging to an Indian company was attacked by suspected pirates in Nigeria`s oil-rich southern Niger Delta region, sources said.

Peace offer made amid northeast Nigeria violence

A self-proclaimed commander of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram said on Tuesday that a cease-fire by the group would be imminent in northern Nigeria.