Nigeria’s army said on Monday evening it had repelled the assault on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the spiritual birthplace of Boko Haram.
UN troops on the ground have kept many countries in conflict from falling into total disarray. Yet, Africa seeks strategies to secure peace and stability on its own terms.
Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people since 2009 as part of its attempt to create an Islamic state in the Lake Chad basin.
Inefficient policing in Nigeria has forced many communities to rely on vigilante groups for security. Despite using force and violence, many groups even have support from authorities
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In all, 83 people were wounded in the three explosions near the city of Maiduguri, epicentre of the conflict between government forces and Boko Haram.
A Boko Haram faction with ties to ISIS and responsible for the kidnapping of a Nigerian oil prospecting team which led to at least 37 people being killed has become a deadly force capable of carrying out highly-organised attacks.
The attack came days after suspected members of Boko Haram kidnapped an oil prospecting team. Three kidnapped people appeared in a video seen by Reuters.
The conflict between Nigeria’s armed forces and Boko Haram has created a man-made famine in the country, and experts stipulate that it will only get worse.
Nigeria’s failure to protect its citizens from Boko Haram has given rise to vigilante groups who have started taking matters into their own hands.
By simply pledging humanitarian assistance and ignoring the conflict at the root of unfolding the food crisis, the US and UK aren’t really making a difference.
Africa’s most populous country has some ten million children of school age who do not attend, government figures state. Primary school enrolment is at 54%.
Foreign forces and private contractors are training and aiding “conservation armies” to protect endangered species and fight terrorism, but there isn’t much evidence of any link between the two.
Niger soldiers were patrolling a restricted area when opened fire on what turned out to be farmers, as “any individual seen in the area is considered Boko Haram.”
While no group has claimed responsibility for the blasts that killed nine and wounded 13, the modus operandi is quite similar to that of Boko Haram.
More than 2.7 million have been displaced in Boko Haram’s attempt to create a caliphate, a majority of whom are still unreachable for government help.
They attacked the city of Maiduguri late at night with anti-aircraft guns.
The shots were fired in the region declared to be in a state of emergency by the Niger government earlier this year.
Last year, around $15 billion was stolen from the public purse under the previous Nigerian government through fraudulent arms procurement deals.
Boko Haram, which has killed 15,000 people since 2009 in an insurgency, had kidnapped 270 girls from the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April 2014.
The girls were among a group of 270 schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram, which has waged an eight-year-old war to create an Islamist caliphate.
Boko Haram, which is loyal to ISIS, has kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children as it tries to carve out an Islamist caliphate.
Some 4.7 million people in northeast Nigeria depend on food aid, which is sometimes blocked by militant attacks, held up by a lack of funding or stolen.
Despite the military and neoconservatives sharing hostility toward certain states, they don’t always see eye to eye, especially in terms of garnering multilateral support.
Children who escape Boko Haram are often held in custody by authorities or ostracised by their communities and families.
Instead of discussing how discontented people from specific Islamic sects resort to Islamist terrorism, counterterrorism scholars should move on to study the nature of violence itself.
In Somalia, extreme poverty and despair forces families to marry off their daughters for money so that the rest of the family can survive.
The presence of Boko Haram militants has prevented farmers from planting crops or accessing Lake Chad to provide water for their animals. Fishermen have also been prevented from accessing the lake which is shared between Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad.
Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in East Africa has ruined the agricultural economy.
Boko Haram fighters attacked Rann, a town in northeastern Nigeria two days after the air force accidentally killed dozens of people there.
A regional military commander said it was too early to determine the cause of the incident, and that a number of civilians and humanitarian workers had been killed.
Sunday marks 1000 days since Boko Haram abducted the girls; but those have been freed are not completely free.
Army spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman identified the latest girl to be freed as Rakiya Abubakar and said she has a six-month-old baby.
Boko Haram has used scores of women and girls as young as seven in suicide bombings that have killed hundreds this year.
Overshadowed by the wars in Syria and Iraq and the global refugee crisis, Lake Chad barely made the headlines this year, but aid organisations said the crisis was “on an epic scale” with “terrifying rates of child malnutrition”.
“The negotiations are ongoing and the Department of State Service, DSS is full of optimism that they will be successful,” Garba Shehu, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, said.