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Gunmen launch multiple attacks in northern Nigeria, dozens killed

Three separate attacks in different states in northern Nigeria left scores of people. In the northwestern state of Kaduna, at least 34 people were killed and seven wounded after gunmen attacked a village there. “Unidentified gunmen attacked Madamai village in Kaura … 34 residents have been confirmed dead following the attack. Seven others sustained injuries,” […]

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Nigeria: Armed bandits kidnap at least 140 children in Kaduna state

Armed bandits kidnapped at least 140 school going children in the north-west of the country, police said. On Monday, reports emerged of another mass kidnapping from a school near Kaduna city, about 80km south-west of Zaria. In a statement, police said gunmen “overpowered the school’s security guards and made their way into the students’ hostel […]

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Plane crashes while landing in Nigeria, Army chief and 10 others killed

Nigeria’s top-ranking army commander Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and other military officers have been killed when their plane crashed in the country’s north, according to officials. The incident on Friday occurred “due to inclement weather” as the plane was landing at the Kaduna International Airport, the armed forces said in a statement, adding that the […]

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Nigeria: Kidnappers kill two more Greenfield University students, total death climbs to 5

Two students who were kidnapped from a university in northern Nigeria last Tuesday have been killed, making it a total of five Greenfield University students killed by their abductors, an official said in a statement released Monday. They were among 20 students and three staff members kidnapped from the Greenfield University in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria, […]

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Security forces foil kidnapping attempt of 307 students in Nigeria’s Kaduna state

Gun men attempt to kidnap hundreds of students in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, a state government official said, as 39 others from an earlier attack remain missing. Attacks by armed gangs, usually referred to as bandits, have intensified across northwest Nigeria in recent years. Four school kidnappings since December have provoked nationwide outrage. Some 39 students, […]

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Gunmen storm college in northern Nigeria abduct several students

Gunmen abducted 30 students from a forestry college near a military academy, in the fourth mass school abduction since December, officials said. The latest abduction took place around 11:30pm on Thursday at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in the Igabi local government area of Kaduna state, police said. “About 30 students, a mix […]

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Gunmen kill 36 people in two attacks in northern Nigeria

Gunmen killed 36 people in two attacks in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, a day after fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades amid worsening security in Africa’s most populous nation, officials and residents said. The series of attacks by armed bandits occurred over the past 48 hours with 18 people killed each in villages of Kaduna and Katsina […]

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500 boys and men rescued from captivity in Nigeria

Nearly 500 men and boys have been rescued from a building in the northern city of Kaduna, where the detainees were allegedly sexually abused and tortured, the Nigerian police said. Children as young as five were among those in chains at what was thought to be an Islamic school. Kaduna police chief Ali Janga said […]