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Boko Haram claims Nigerian barracks attack

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for an attack on a key military barracks in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, in a new video obtained on Monday by AFP that warns of further bloodshed, including against civilians. "We carried out the attacks in Maiduguri (on March 14)," said a man dressed in white, wearing black headgear and carrying an assault rifle, claiming to be the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau. abu-phz/cc

Boko Haram chief threatens attacks in Nigeria's oil region

The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has threatened attacks in Nigeria's oil region in a new video released on Wednesday. "You will in coming days see your refinery bombed," Shekau warned in the 28-minute-long video obtained by AFP. abu-ade/dh

'Boko Haram chief' appears in video after death claims

A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram appeared in a video Wednesday taunting world leaders after military claims that he may have been killed. "Here is Shekau, Shekau, Shekau, Shekau, original ... I want the whole world to know that I'm alive by the grace of Allah," said the man, who resembled past images of Abubakar Shekau, in a video seen by AFP. abu-mjs/cc

Nigeria Islamists kill 24 vigilantes in ambush

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Twenty-four vigilantes in northeast Nigeria were killed in an ambush during a botched attempt to arrest members of Islamist sect Boko Haram, one a member of their group and a security source said on Saturday. "They were ambushed even before they got to the Boko Haram camps," one of the youth vigilantes Masta Moh'd, who was not present during the attack on Friday in the town of Monguno, but had heard from several of the survivors, told Reuters.

Boko Haram chief shot, may have died: Nigerian army

Nigeria's army said Monday that the leader of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, may have died following a gunshot wound from a clash with soldiers. "Intelligence report available to the (military) revealed that Abubakur Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted Boko Haram terrorists leader, may have died," a statement said. "It is greatly believed that Shekau might have died between 25 July to 3 August 2013." abu-mjs/gd

Boko Haram chief shot, may have died: Nigerian army

Nigeria's army said Monday that the leader of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, may have died following a gunshot wound from a clash with soldiers. Intelligence reports "available to the (military) revealed that Abubakar Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted Boko Haram terrorists leader, may have died," a statement said. "It is greatly believed that Shekau might have died between 25 July to 3 August 2013."

Nigeria military claims killing of Boko Haram 'number two'

Nigeria's military on Wednesday said it had killed the second-in-command of Islamist group Boko Haram while repelling an insurgent attack earlier this month. A military statement said there had been a bounty of 25 million naira ($156,000, 117,000 euros) on the head of Momodu Bama, who went by the alias Abu Saad. "During the Boko Haram terrorists' attack... on 4 August, 2013 (troops) killed Momodu Bama," a statement from spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said.

Nigeria military says killed Boko Haram second-in-command

Nigeria's military on Wednesday said it had killed the second-in-command of Islamist group Boko Haram while repelling an insurgent attack earlier this month. "During the Boko Haram terrorists' attack... on 4 August, 2013 (troops) killed Momodu Bama (alias) Abu Saad," a statement said, identifying him as the "second-in-command" to insurgent chief Abubakar Shekau. str-bs/vjf

Boko Haram leader claims recent Nigeria attacks in video

The leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists has claimed a series of recent deadly attacks on security forces in the northeast, in a video obtained by AFP Monday. Abubakar Shekau also insisted that he was in "good health" despite an ongoing military offensive aimed at crushing the Islamist insurgent group he heads. "You have not killed Shekau," he said in the video distributed through a local intermediary in a similar manner to previous Boko Haram messages.

Boko Haram leader says 'supports' Nigeria school massacre

The head of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists said he supported a July 6 attack on a school that killed 42 people, but did not claim responsibility for the massacre, in a video obtained by AFP Saturday. "We fully support the attack on this Western education school in Mamudo," in northern Yobe state, Abubakar Shekau said in the 10-minute video message. The video was delivered to AFP in a manner consistent with previous statements from the Islamist leader, who has been declared a global terrorist by the United States.
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