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Nigeria gunmen raze teachers residence at girls school

Gunmen in northern Nigeria set fire to a staff residential building at a girls' secondary school on Sunday but the 195 students sleeping in their nearby dormitories were unharmed, police and a teacher said. The attack in Bauchi state came less than a week after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 129 teenage schoolgirls from the Chibok area of Borno state in the northeast. Forty-four of those girls have since escaped. "At about 2:30 am (0130 GMT), unknown gunmen carried out coordinated attacks in Yana town," Bauchi's police spokesman Haruna Mohammed said.

Nigeria gunmen raze teachers residence at girls school

Gunmen in northern Nigeria set fire to staff residential building at a girls' secondary school on Sunday but the 195 students sleeping in their nearby dormitories were unharmed, police and a teacher said. The attack in Bauchi state came less than a week after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 129 teenage schoolgirls from the Chibok area of Borno state in the northeast. Forty-four of those girls have since escaped. "At about 2:30 am (0130 GMT), unknown gunmen carried out coordinated attacks in Yana town," Bauchi's police spokesman Haruna Mohammed said.

Nigeria admits most abducted schoolgirls still missing

The Nigerian military admitted on Friday that most of the 129 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in a shocking school raid in the volatile northeast remained missing, amid fears the girls might be used as human shields or sex slaves. The military had claimed on Wednesday that all but eight of the girls snatched from their school in the state of Borno managed to escape the gunmen's clutches, contrary to comments by the state government and the school principal.

Nigerian state, army says most abducted schoolgirls still missing

By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's northeast Borno state said on Thursday only 20 of up to 129 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels were back with their parents, and the military retracted an earlier statement in which it said it had freed most of them. The armed forces said on Wednesday that the military had freed all but eight of the schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels from the Boko Haram group in a rescue operation.

Nigeria military admits most kidnapped schoolgirls still missing

The Nigerian military on Friday admitted that most of the 129 girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists from their school in the country's restive northeast remained missing. The military had claimed on Wednesday that all but eight of the 129 girls snatched from their school in the state of Borno managed to escape, contrary to the position of the state government and the school principal.

Italian priests, Canadian nun kidnapped in Cameroon

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun were kidnapped in northern Cameroon overnight, a bishop and a government source said on Saturday, months after a French priest was seized nearby. It was not immediately clear who took them, though Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram is known to operate in the area.

Attempted jail break at Nigeria secret police HQ

Nigeria's secret police said on Sunday there had been an escape attempt by detainees at their headquarters, with unconfirmed reports that Boko Haram militants were involved. Department of State Services (DSS) spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar said the incident happened at 7:15 am (0615 GMT) when one of its officers went to feed the detainees. "One of the suspects attempted to disarm him by hitting him at the back of his head with his handcuff," she said in an emailed statement.

Key points of Nigeria's 'soft power' response to Boko Haram

Nigeria's National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki has revealed a new "soft power" plan to defeat Boko Haram, an Islamist group that has killed thousands of people osince 2009. Here are the key elements of the new policy: De-radicalisation of Boko Haram detainees - Two prisons have been refurbished to rehabilitate suspected insurgents. - Sixty prison psychologists will be trained specifically to counsel "terror suspects". - Training for prison staff in areas including psychology, sport and art therapy. - Detainees to receive vocational training.

Nigerian Islamists kill 29 pupils in boarding school attack

DAMATURU, Nigeria (Reuters) - Gunmen from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school overnight, killing 29 pupils, many of whom died in flames as the school was burned to the ground, police and the military said on Tuesday. "Some of the students bodies were burned to ashes," said police commissioner Sanusi Rufai. (Reporting by Joe Hemba; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria kills 60

An attack by scores of Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast Nigeria town of Bama has killed 60 people and caused massive destruction to public building, police told AFP Thursday. "We are collating the figures and the death toll has risen to 60 from the Bama attack... but the toll is likely to rise," Borno state Police Commissioner Lawal Tanko said of the early Wednesday attack, adding that a "huge" number of insurgents were also killed in the air force bombardment that followed the raid. abu-bs/jmm
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