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Suspected Islamists kill 19 in northern Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have killed 19 people, including six college teachers, in three separate attacks in Nigeria's troubled northeastern Borno state, residents and travellers said Friday. The killings took place on Thursday and Friday in Dikwa, Kala-Balge towns and near Dalwa village in the state, the bastion of the Islamist sect, they said.

Gunmen kill two watching Champions League in Nigeria

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists stormed a packed viewing centre in Nigeria's restive northeast and shot dead two people watching Champions League matches, police said Thursday. The centre was showing the two quarter-final matches between defending champions Bayern Munich and Manchester United, and Atletico Madrid-Barcelona, on Wednesday when it was attacked. "The gunmen came in a car and opened fire outside the viewing centre and sped off," Yobe State police commissioner Sanusi Rufa'i told AFP of the incident in Potiskum, a hotbed of the insurgency.

Top Nigerian Islamic body accuses military over Muslim deaths

A leading Nigerian Islamic group has accused the country's military of summarily executing Muslims in the name of counter-terrorism, prompting a swift and strongly-worded denial on Tuesday from top brass. The Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI) umbrella group of Muslim organisations said followers of the faith had "become endangered species, murdered and maimed indiscriminately in the guise of fighting terrorism".

Nigeria agents killed civilians in capital: rights group

Nigeria's top human rights body on Monday said that eight people shot dead by intelligence agents in Abuja last year were civilians and not Boko Haram militants, as the government claimed. The Directorate for State Services (DSS) said on September 20 last year that it uncovered an Islamist plot to attack a residential building used by federal lawmakers. According to the DSS account, which was immediately questioned, seven Boko Haram fighters died in a gun battle with agents at the scene, while another suspected militant fighter died later.

Islamists kill 17 in northeast Nigeria, attack mosque

DAMATURU, Nigeria (Reuters) - Islamist militants attacked a remote town in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state on Saturday, killing 17 people including five who were worshipping at a mosque, witnesses said. They said dozens of gunmen surrounded the village of Buni Gari, shooting residents and setting shops and houses ablaze.

Boko Haram attack kills 17 in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants attacked a village in restive northern Nigeria, killing 17 people and setting houses and cars alight, the local government said Sunday. Among the dead were Muslim worshippers shot as they prayed in the village mosque, said Abdullahi Bego, spokesman for the governor of the troubled state of Yobe. "The gunmen are Boko Haram people, it was the same pattern of attacks they are known for," he told AFP. "They also burnt several houses and many vehicles before fleeing," he said.

Nigeria suicide bombers kill 15 in failed oil facility attack: army

ABUJA (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist suicide bombers killed 15 civilians in a failed attack on a state oil company facility in northeast Nigeria, when soldiers at a checkpoint opened fire on their explosive-packed vehicles, the military said on Wednesday. Seventeen civilians and five soldiers were wounded by the blasts on Tuesday which also destroyed eight vehicles, Defense Ministry spokesman Chris Olukolade said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Four Islamists killed in failed suicide attack, Nigeria says

Four would-be suicide bombers planning to blow up a petrol station died in Nigeria's troubled northeast on Tuesday after soldiers opened fire on their explosives-packed cars, the military and witnesses said. The suspected Boko Haram Islamists were trying to attack a filling station owned by Nigeria's state oil firm on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the epicentre of a brutal insurgency which has already killed an estimated 1,500 people this year.

Nigeria under pressure to explain 'jailbreak' deaths

Nigeria's secret police faced questions Monday about how 21 detainees were killed during an attempted jailbreak from their headquarters, with claims of a cover-up about exactly what happened. The detainees, reportedly suspected Boko Haram insurgents, died Sunday after the Department of State Services said that one inmate overpowered a guard and seized his weapon. The DSS, which is Nigeria's intelligence agency, has not revealed the charges the suspects faced or exactly how they came to be killed.

Nigerian military hits back at Boko Haram abuse claims

Nigeria's military on Monday denied claims from Amnesty International that its troops may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the fight against Islamist insurgents Boko Haram. The human rights group has called on the international community to push for an independent investigation into alleged abuses after a bloody three months which have left more than 1,500 dead.
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