Thousands of Boko Haram Members Surrendered. They Moved In Next Door.

Fighters and family members of a terrorist group in Nigeria have defected in droves since the death of their leader. They’ve been relocated to a city they once terrorized.

#boko-haram, #defectors-political, #islamic-state-west-african-province, #maiduguri-nigeria, #shekau-abubakar, #terrorism, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Nigeria Is in Disarray. So Its President Banned Twitter.

It’s a bad time for President Muhammadu Buhari to play the tyrant.

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Boko Haram Leader Really Did Kill Himself, Audio Message Says

A notorious terrorist leader in Nigeria who kidnapped schoolgirls in Chibok has blown himself up, according to a new audio recording attributed to the head of a rival extremist group.

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Nigerian Terrorist Leader ‘Dies’ Again. Was This the End of His 9th Life?

Abubakar Shekau, the longtime leader of Boko Haram, was reported to have blown himself up on Wednesday night. But he has been falsely reported dead several times before.

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Idriss Déby Dies at 68; Poor Herder’s Son Became Chad’s Longtime Autocrat

Mr. Déby, who was aiming for a fourth decade in power, died from what the government called wounds sustained at a battlefront with rebels.

#africa, #boko-haram, #chad, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #darfur-sudan, #deby-idriss, #habre-hissene, #libya, #mobutu-sese-seko

In the Shadow of Nollywood, Filmmakers Examine Boko Haram

“The Milkmaid” and other African productions are putting extremism under the microscope and drawing diaspora audiences in the process.

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Nigeria’s Boarding Schools Have Become a Hunting Ground for Kidnappers

Northern Nigeria’s kidnap-for-ransom industry is growing, and it’s not just the well-off who are at risk. The new targets are poor villagers and ordinary schoolchildren.

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Buhari Fires Nigeria’s Top Generals and Appoints Replacements

With just two years left in President Buhari’s tenure, can a new approach defeat the militants and bandits who are killing, kidnapping and traumatizing Nigeria’s people?

#boko-haram, #buhari-muhammadu, #defense-and-military-forces, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #terrorism

Freed Nigeria Schoolboys Meet President Muhammadu Buhari

Capitalizing on a rare victory, the Nigerian government publicly displayed the more than 300 boys who had been released, and insisted it had not paid ransom.

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More Than 300 Abducted Students Released in Nigeria, Governor Says

A Nigerian official said all of the abducted boys were released Thursday evening and would be reunited with their parents in the morning.

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U.S. Military Cutting Medevac Flights for Troops in West Africa

As Army Green Berets move to confront new threats in the Sahel, the Pentagon is reducing the number of helicopters available for casualty evacuation flights.

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What Happened When a Times Reporter Traded Brooklyn for Dakar

Frustrated by her stressful city life, Dionne Searcey moved her family to West Africa as the region’s bureau chief. “In Pursuit of Disobedient Women” is her chronicle of what she saw and learned.

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