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Islamists abduct more than 100 girls from Nigeria school

Heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists abducted more than 100 girls from a secondary school in northeast Nigeria, sparking a search by soldiers to track down the attackers, a security source and witnesses said Tuesday. Some of the schoolgirls in the Chibok area of southern Borno state narrowly escaped their kidnappers by jumping off a truck in the middle of the night as the gunmen sought to cart them away, according to multiple witnesses.

Suspected Islamist rebels abduct over 100 Nigeria schoolgirls: teacher

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist insurgents have abducted more than 100 female students from a secondary school in Nigeria's northeast Borno state, a teacher said on Tuesday. "Over 100 female students in our government secondary school at Chibok have been abducted," Audu Musa, who teaches in another public school in the area, said, adding the abductors were believed to be members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect who have previously attacked schools in the northeast.

Islamists abduct 'many' schoolgirls in Nigeria

Heavily armed Islamist gunmen kidnapped a group of girls from a secondary school in northeast Nigeria's Borno state and torched the surrounding town, a local official and a witness told AFP. "Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles," said Emmanuel Sam, an education official in the town of Chibok, where the attack took place on Monday. The attackers are suspected to be members of Boko Haram, a radical Islamist group whose name means "Western education is forbidden".

At least 60 killed by suspected Islamists in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday killed at least 60 people in Nigeria's troubled northeastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, a local official said. "The attackers, who are no doubt Boko Haram insurgents, attacked Amchaka and nearby villages this morning, hurling IEDs (improvised explosive devices) into homes and setting them on fire," Baba Shehu Gulumba, Bama local government administrator, told AFP.

At least 60 killed by suspected Islamists in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday killed at least 60 people in Nigeria's troubled northeastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, a local official said. "The attackers, who are no doubt Boko Haram insurgents, attacked Amchaka and nearby villages this morning, hurling IEDs (improvised explosive devices) into homes and setting them on fire," Baba Shehu Gulumba, Bama local government administrator, told AFP.

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.

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.

Suicide car bomb kills five policemen in northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Islamists drove a car packed with explosives into a police patrol in the northeast city of Maiduguri on Tuesday, killing five policemen, a police source and a witness said. A police sergeant, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak, said the bombers crashed a Volkswagen Golf into the parked patrol vehicle and detonated the explosives by the Dalori Quarters, an estate for civil servants on the outskirts of the city.

Twin blasts in restive Nigerian city kill 11

Two explosions in Nigeria's troubled northeastern city of Maiduguri on Tuesday killed 11 people, including five policemen who were believed to have been targeted, police said. Borno state police spokesman Gideon Jibrin told AFP that one vehicle exploded at 7:50 am (0650 GMT), killing three civilians, and that a bomb hurled at a police vehicle 10 minutes later killed five officers. It was not immediately clear if the three others killed in the second attack were Boko Haram insurgents, he added. abu-ade-bs/phz/lc

Football: Nigeria halts matches at militant stronghold

Nigerian football authorities on Friday suspended all Premier League matches at El Kanemi Warriors' home ground because of attacks by Boko Haram militants. El Kanemi play in Maiduguri, a stronghold of the Islamist group who were accused of staging new attacks in the city on Friday. El Kanemi Warriors' home game against Abia Warriors on Saturday was postponed. Abia had expressed fears about playing in Maiduguri and asked for the game to be moved.
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