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Teenager Seized for Boko Haram Attack Tells How She Tore off Suicide Vest and Fled

Girl feared going against orders but was even more afraid of killing her father who she knew was staying at the crowded camp in Nigeria that was her target.

Strapped with a suicide bomb vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.

Her two companions, however, completed their grisly mission and walked into a crowd of hundreds at Dikwa refugee camp in north-east Nigeria and blew themselves up, killing 58 people.

Later found by local security forces, the girl’s tearful account is one of the first indications at least some of the child bombers used by Boko Haram are aware they are about to die and kill others.

Read more: Teenager Seized for Boko Haram Attack Tells How She Tore off Suicide Vest and Fled

'Boko Haram' Doesn't Really Mean 'Western Education Is a Sin'

What's the real meaning of "Boko Haram?" I've been wondering about this recently since news articles are constantly informing me (including ones on this website) that it means "Western education is a sin." 

I was surprised that Nigeria's Hausa language, spoken by the mostly Muslim group that is dominant in the northern half of the country, would have a four letter word that meant "western education." Haram has always been obvious - a borrowed word from Arabic that refers to things that are forbidden in Islam (as opposed to

Read more: 'Boko Haram' Doesn't Really Mean 'Western Education Is a Sin'

Virginia Man Opens His Home to Boko Haram's Victims

 

WASHINGTON - ISIS has dominated the news recently, but the terror group Boko Haram is responsible for the mass kidnapping of students in Nigeria and many other atrocities.

It is hard to forget the images of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram in April of last year, violently awakened and snatched from their boarding school in the dead of the night by the group, which is opposed to Western education.

The global hashtag #BringBackOurGirls became a trending rallying cry that reached all the way to the White House. Now, a year and half later, the headlines have died down, yet 219 girls from the Nigeria town of Chibok remain captive - but 57 managed to escape.

Human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe of Northern Virginia has helped bring more than a dozen girls to the United States. The latest girl arrived just last month.

"Being here reduces the trauma of living in the shadows of the terrorists and the terror threat,” said Ogebe.

A political prisoner himself in Nigeria, he came to the U.S. after being tortured and interrogated over a two-month period.

"We are talking about just abduction off of the street -- taken away -- no one knows where you are,” he said.

Read more: Virginia Man Opens His Home to Boko Haram's Victims

Nigerian Troops Kill ‘Notorious’ Boko Haram Chieftain, Members in Borno — Army

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops in Borno killed a notorious member of the extremist Boko Haram sect as well as two other members known for terrorising remote community in the North-east state.

The spokesperson for the army, Sani Usman, a colonel, said the suspected terrorists were killed by personnel on ‘fighting patrol’.

‎The statement said, ”As part of their determined efforts to rid the society of all known Boko Haram terrorists enclaves and hideouts, troops of 25 Task Force Brigade based on tip off conducted a fighting patrol along Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno State.

Read more: Nigerian Troops Kill ‘Notorious’ Boko Haram Chieftain, Members in Borno — Army

Boko Haram Expanding, Chance to Stop It Is Now: U.N. Official

West Africa’s Haram Islamist militant group is expanding and there is only a small window of opportunity to stop it, the top U.N. aid official in Cameroon said on Monday.

Najat Rochdi, U.N. Resident Coordinator in Cameroon, said the group's strategy was to demonstrate its power by almost daily suicide bombings, often by young girls, while trying to gain territory.

Its offensive was bankrupting Cameroon's economy and destroying a fragile society, especially influencing the young.

Read more: Boko Haram Expanding, Chance to Stop It Is Now: U.N. Official

One of 100 Wanted Boko Haram Terrorists Nabbed at Abuja Airport

The Nigerian Army, on Monday asked Nigerians to be vigilant to track down Boko Haram members it declared wanted recently.

This is contained in a statement issued by the acting Army spokesman, Sani Usman.

“The Nigerian Army would like to reiterate the need for all well-meaning Nigerians and those residing in our great country to be more vigilant.

“We also solicit the assistance of citizens to security agencies with information about the declared wanted terrorists, their sponsors and other criminals in our midst,” the statement said.

Mr. Usman said the call became necessary following reports of mass exodus of the insurgents from their enclaves in parts of the Northeast due to sustained military offensive.

He confirmed the arrest of one of the suspected wanted terrorists at the Abuja airport.

Read more: One of 100 Wanted Boko Haram Terrorists Nabbed at Abuja Airport

Another Declared-Wanted Terrorist Seized in Adamawa State

 

Ishaku Wardifen, one of the 100 declared-wanted Boko Haram terrorists, has been captured by vigilant troops of the 23rd Bridge Special Battalion in Maiha, Adamawa State.

Acting Nigerian Army Director of Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a press statement that preliminary interrogation revealed that Wardifen, who is #22 on the list, to be a Cameroonian citizen. He has been handed over to military intelligence for further investigation and possible prosecution.

Read more: Another Declared-Wanted Terrorist Seized in Adamawa State

Troops On Patrol Clear Boko Haram Terrorists Camp At Duwabafi Primary School

 In continuation with the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, Nigerian troops from 243 Battalion, 5 Brigade Nigerian Army on fighting patrol encountered some suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists holed up at a Primary School in Duwabafi village, Borno State, on Sunday.

There was heavy exchange of gunfire in which the patrol killed 4 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, recovered 2 AK-47 rifles, 4 various sizes of solar energy panels, several types of drugs and 5 motorcycles.

Read more: Troops On Patrol Clear Boko Haram Terrorists Camp At Duwabafi Primary School

45 In Custody over 'Boko Haram Plot' In Lagos - Sources

Lagos - Nigeria's secret police have arrested and charged 45 suspects over an alleged Boko Haram plot to attack the country's financial hub, Lagos, sources with knowledge of the matter told AFP on Sunday.

"About 60 suspects were picked up from different locations in Lagos by the Department of State Services [DSS] acting on intelligence information they were planning to attack Dolphin Estate in Ikoyi last month," said one source.

Both sources, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, said some of the suspects were released after preliminary investigations, while 45 others were taken to a magistrate court on Friday.

Read more: 45 In Custody over 'Boko Haram Plot' In Lagos - Sources

Troops Destroy 20 Boko Haram Camps

MAKURDI—troops of 5 Brigade Nigerian Army, weekend, destroyed all Boko Haram camps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State.

Giving details of the operation, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman said: “During the operation which is ongoing, troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well-fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa.

“The camps include some at the gateway to Kerenowa, Gumada and Dogon Gida. In addition, the troops have also discovered that to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment, the terrorists have dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp.

Read more: Troops Destroy 20 Boko Haram Camps

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  1. 200 Boko Haram Members Surrender To Troops – Army
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  3. Boko Haram's Young Victims Process Trauma Through Heartbreaking Drawings
  4. Boko Haram and Its Solar Panels

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