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    50 bodies found in Nigeria violence


    esidents of a town attacked by Boko Haram said at least 50 bodies have been recovered, many horribly burned, and they criticized security forces for failing to prevent the attack even though they had been warned that the Islamic militants were nearby.

    The attack on Gamboru town, in remote northeastern Borno state near the border with Cameroon, happened Monday. The death toll was initially reported by a senator to be as many as 300, but a security official said it is more likely to be around 100. The attack happened in the same state, Borno, where Boko Haram kidnapped more than 300 girls from a school last month. Most of those girls remain in captivity, believed to be in the vast Sambisa forest.

    Some Gamboru residents said bodies were recovered from the debris of burned shops after the town's main market came under attack on Monday afternoon.

    Gamboru resident Abuwar Masta said the bodies were found after the market reopened on Wednesday as health workers, volunteers and traders searched for missing people. He said most of the bodies were burned beyond recognition.

    "It seems they hid in the shops in order not be killed while fleeing," Masta said. "Unfortunately, several explosives were thrown into the market."

    Masta and other traders said that some villagers had warned the security forces of an impending attack after insurgents were seen camping in the bushes near Gamboru.

    The kidnapping of the schoolgirls on April 15 in the town of Chibok as well as Boko Haram's repeated attacks have sparked accusations that the Nigerian government is not doing enough to stop the militants.

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    British special forces to aid in kidnapped Nigeria girls


    British special forces have joined an international effort to rescue nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist terrorists in Nigeria.

    A team sent from the United Kingdom will help local Nigerian forces plan operations to find the girls, who were seized by the Islamist group Boko Haram on April 14.

    The team will fly to Nigeria "as soon as possible", Prime Minister David Cameron's office told the AFP news service.

    The Islamic terrorists, who believe girls should not be educated,
    took the girls from their school and brought them to their base in a heavily forested region of Nigeria. The group's leader has threatened to sell the girls into slavery.

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan accepted the British offer of help when he spoke with Cameron on Wednesday by phone Jonathan said the abduction could be a turning point in the battle against Islamist militants that have plagued Nigeria, which is split between a norther Muslim population and southern Christian population.

    "I believe that the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria," he said, addressing the World Economic Forum being held in Abuja.

    The British team is being sent from the Ministry of Defense and includes a senior military officer and advisers who will join liaison officers for the SAS, Britain's equivalent of special forces, based in the capital Abuja. The Pentagon has ordered 10 advisers to head to Nigeria to assist as well.

    Meanwhile, top religious scholars working under the world's largest bloc of Islamic countries said Thursday they strongly condemn the kidnappings. The group's leader has used Islamic teachings as justification for threatening to sell the girls into slavery.

    The Islamic Fiqh Academy, which is based in Saudi Arabia and dedicated to the advanced study of Islam, said that this "crime and other crimes committed by the likes of these extremist organizations contradicts all humanitarian principles and moral values and violates the provisions of the Quran and Sunnah," or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.

    "There was no excuse whatsoever for this criminal action which tarnishes the good image of Islam, a tolerant and moderate religion that rejects extremism in all its forms and manifestations," Madani said.

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    Girls held by Boko Haram face auction, life as sex slaves if rescue fails


    The hundreds of Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram could face a life of misery, as slaves or child brides sold for a pittance in the markets across the globe if they are not rescued soon, humanitarian experts say.

    While boys abducted in Nigeria and other war-torn African countries face the misery of a life where they are forced to become beggars, miners or child soldiers, girls like the nearly 300 mainly Christian teens abducted by the Boko Haram last week are more likely to be dispersed throughout the continent, Russia, the Middle East and even Europe, sold for a few dollars and forced to become prostitutes. Some escape, and make it back to their villages, while others are forced into the sex trade and exposed to brutality and disease.

    "We can safely assume that the abducted girls have been raped by their captors, if not worse," Rona Peligal, deputy director for the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, told FoxNews.com. "If they return home, they could be traumatized and stigmatized if they are known to be raped, pregnant or with child from their abductors. What happens if they’re trafficked would likely pale by comparison."


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    310 people killed in latest Boko Haram attack; hundreds of girls remain missing

    A man claiming to be Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, made the following claim:
    "I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," he said. "There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women."

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    Boko Haram translates to "Western education is sin"
    in the local Hausa language. The group has said it wants a stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Africa's most populous nation, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.


    Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, whose country's effort to subdue Boko Haram has been largely ineffective, declared in a speech Thursday that the terror group's abductions of schoolgirls would be its undoing.
    "I believe the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end for terror in Nigeria," he said at the opening of the World Economic Forum meeting in Abuja.

    The abductions and an attack this week that left more than 300 people dead have focused worldwide attention on Nigeria's fight with terrorists.The world still doesn't know what happened to the 276 girls kidnapped almost a month ago, except that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said he plans to sell them.

    Now, the militants may be going after those trying to find the girls. On Thursday, Nigerian police said one officer was wounded in the neck during a gunfight with suspected Boko Haram militants on the road between Maiduguri and Chibok, where the schoolgirls were abducted April 14.And on Monday, Boko Haram militants attacked Gamboru Ngala, a remote state capital near Nigeria's border with Cameroon that has been used as a staging ground for troops in the search for the girls. Some of the at least 310 victims were burned alive.

    The assault fits a pattern of revenge-seeking by Boko Haram against those perceived to have provided aid to the Nigerian government.The United States, Britain, France and China have promised to help Nigeria find the girls, as world outrage over their plight has grown.

    "Every day when I wake up and I think about young girls in Nigeria or children caught up in the conflict in Syria, when there are times in which I want to reach out and save those kids. And having to think through what levers, what powers do we have at any given moment, I think drop by drop by drop that we can erode and wear down these forces that are so destructive," U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday night in Los Angeles.Exactly how, he didn't say.

    The latest assault

    Witnesses described the Gamboru Ngala attack as a well-coordinated onslaught that began shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday at a busy outdoor market in the town.Wearing military uniforms, the militants arrived with three armored personnel carriers, villagers said.
    The attackers shouted "Allahu Akbar" -- "God is great" -- and opened up on the market, firing rocket-propelled grenades into the crowd and tossing improvised explosive devices, witnesses said.Some marketgoers tried to take shelter in shops only to be burned alive when the gunmen set fire to a number of the businesses, the witnesses said.

    A few Nigerian soldiers who had been left behind at the village could not hold off the assault and were forced to flee, they said. Many sought safe haven in nearby Cameroon.The fighters also attacked the police station during the 12-hour assault, initially facing stiff resistance. They eventually used explosives to blow the roof off the building, witnesses said. They said 14 police officers were found dead inside.Residents who returned to the village said they found 310 bodies.

    Malala: Kidnapped girls are 'my sisters'
    International effort

    The attack came about three weeks after militants snatched the 276 girls from their beds at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok.

    And Sunday night, villagers in Warabe said Boko Haram militants snatched at least eight girls between the ages of 12 and 15.
    Amid the growing international outrage, world leaders lined up to provide assistance.

    The United States is sending a team of law enforcement experts and military advisers. France said Thursday that it would send a "specialized team" to help. The British government is also sending a small team, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said. Neither country said exactly what expertise their teams would bring.

    British satellites and advanced tracking capabilities also will be used, and China has promised to provide any intelligence gathered by its satellite network, the Nigerian government said.
    It's unlikely U.S. combat troops would be involved in operations against Boko Haram, U.S. officials told CNN Wednesday.
    Nigerian police also announced a reward of about $310,000 for information leading to the girls' rescue.
    'I will sell women'
    The increased global response came after a chilling video described what may happen to the girls.

    The militants have even been known to kill Muslim clerics who dare criticize them.The United States has branded Boko Haram a terror organization and has put a $7 million bounty on Shekau. But his location is as uncertain as the whereabouts of the girls.
     
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    see I don't know why the Fuk we Have those UN missions and their Security Council along with their Peacekeeping Missions ..


    Nuke the Forest where those Boko's Hiding in
     
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    Canada offers to help in search for kidnapped Nigerian girls


    Canada will provide Nigeria with surveillance equipment to help locate more than 270 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic insurgents who have been terrorized the African country for more than five years.

    Jason MacDonald, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said in an email that Canada will also provide “the technical expertise” to operate the equipment.

    The government responded Wednesday to a report that Nigeria was asking Canada’s help in the hunt for the missing girls.

    During question period, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said any equipment that goes to Nigeria would be accompanied by Canadian military personnel to operate it.

    "We've offered support to the Nigerian government. If Canada has surveillance equipment that is not in the region that could provide assistance to find these young girls, we'd obviously be pleased to provide it," he said Wednesday.

    "What we do have a concern is we will not hand over military equipment unless we can send the Canadians who can properly operate it."

    Outside the House of Commons, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair told reporters: “Whatever Canada can do in the way of personnel and equipment, we should do.”

    Nigerian Vice-President Namadi Sambo said the government “was anxious to put an end to the menace” of a five-year Islamic insurgency led by terror group Boko Haram that has killed more than 1,500 people so far this year alone. Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, and its leader has threatened to sell the girls into slavery.'

    Canada to supply surveillance equipment to help search for kidnapped Nigerian girls | CTV News
     
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    before assaulting these militants, something needs to done about those kidnapped girls, right ? hope that nigerian govt won't just give up to the terrorists....
     
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    ""good luck Jonathon""

    strange he did not bring good luck to nigeria








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    "Signature of boko haram"

    2 ak -47 above holy kuran :shocked::shocked::sad::sad::p:p

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    what about animals in the forest? One nuke can destroy whole forest and could start natural imbalance
     
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    Same SH** at different places :sad::sad:
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    Saudi Arabia's
    grand mufti, the top religious
    authority in the birthplace of Islam,
    has condemned Nigeria's Boko Haram
    as a group "set up to smear the image
    of Islam" and condemned its
    kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls.
    Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh said
    the radical movement, which says it
    wants to establish a "pure" Islamic
    state in Nigeria, was "misguided" and
    should be "shown their wrong path
    and be made to reject it."
    His remarks came as religious leaders
    in the Muslim world, who often do not
    comment on militant violence, joined
    in denouncing Boko Haram leader
    Abubakar Shekau for saying Allah
    had told him to sell off the kidnapped
    girls as forced brides.
    "This is a group that has been set up
    to smear the image of Islam and must
    be offered advice, shown their wrong
    path and be made to reject it," he told
    the Arabic-language newspaper al-
    Hayat in an interview published on
    Friday.
    "These groups are not on the right
    path because Islam is against
    kidnapping, killing and aggression," he
    said. "Marrying kidnapped girls is not
    permitted."
    Boko Haram militants kidnapped some
    250 girls on April 14 from a secondary
    school in Chibok village, near the
    Cameroon border, while they took
    exams. Fifty have since escaped.
    Shekau's video was released on
    Monday, sparking a wave of revulsion
    in Nigeria and abroad and prompting
    offers of help from countries such as
    the United States, Britain and France
    to search for them.
    Boko Haram has led a five-year-old
    insurgency with the stated aim of
    reviving a medieval Islamic caliphate
    in modern Nigeria, whose 170 million
    people are split roughly evenly
    between Christians and Muslims.
    Its violent attacks have become by far
    the biggest security threat to Africa's
    top oil producer and it has spread out
    to menace the neighboring countries
    of Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
    On Thursday, Islamic scholars and
    human rights officials of the
    Organization of Islamic Cooperation,
    the world's largest Muslim body
    representing 57 countries, denounced
    the kidnapping as "a gross
    misinterpretation of Islam".
    This week, Al-Azhar, the prestigious
    Cairo-based seat of Sunni learning,
    also said that the kidnapping "has
    nothing to do with the tolerant and
    noble teachings of Islam
     
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    Israel joins search for Nigerian schoolgirls

    International efforts have widened to trace more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants in Nigeria, while France has called for African leaders to hold a summit focused on the issue.

    Israel on Sunday joined the bid to find the 223 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria’s restive northeast four weeks ago, but Washington said US troops would stay out of any rescue mission.

    “There’s no intention, at this point, to (put) American boots on the ground,” US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told ABC television, admitting that finding the girls would be no easy task.

    Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone and accepted an offer for assistance in finding the girls, who were kidnapped from their school dormitory in the town of Chibok, Borno state, on April 14.

    Jonathan told Netanyahu that “Nigeria would be pleased to have Israel’s globally acknowledged anti-terrorism expertise deployed to support its ongoing operations,” according to the president’s spokesman Reuben Abati.

    Britain, the United States and France have already sent specialist teams and equipment to help Nigeria’s military in the search concentrated in the remote northeast, which has been hit by five years of deadly violence.

    French President Francois Hollande said a summit on security in west Africa, focusing on Boko Haram, could be held as early as this Saturday “if the countries agree.”

    “I suggested, with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, a meeting of Nigeria’s neighboring countries,” he said on Sunday during a visit to Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.

    The leaders of at least five African countries — Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin — may take part, a source close to the president said.

    Nigeria’s government has been criticized as slow to respond to the crisis and Amnesty International claimed on Friday that the military had prior warning of the impending abductions.

    Abuja has since been forced into action after a groundswell of national and international outrage that has included protest marches across the world.

    Jonathan has said he believes the girls are still in Nigeria. Searches were being conducted in the Sambisa forest area of Borno state, where the military has previously found Boko Haram camps and arms caches.

    There are fears, however, that the girls may have been moved across the border into Chad and Cameroon.

    Israel joins search for Nigerian schoolgirls | The Times of Israel
     
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    Nigeria 'Committed' To Finding Kidnapped Girls


    President says the Boko Haram group which took the youngsters is no longer a local threat but has become West Africa's al Qaeda.


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    Nigeria's president has said he was "totally committed" to finding the 223 kidnapped girls who were taken by Boko Haram from a school last month.

    Goodluck Jonathan was speaking at an international summit in Paris where Nigeria and its neighbours agreed an action plan to fight the Islamist militant group.

    French president Francois Hollande said this will involve sharing intelligence, protecting borders, and a quick response in a crisis.

    Mr Jonathan said Boko Haram was no longer a local threat but has become West Africa's al Qaeda.

    "We have shown our commitment for a regional approach. Without West African countries coming together we will not be able to crush these terrorists," he told reporters.

    Chad's president said countries neighbouring Nigeria were ready to wage war against the militants as fears mount the group will spread beyond its borders and destabilise the wider region.

    "There is determination to tackle this situation head on ...to launch a war, a total war on Boko Haram," Idriss Deby said.

    Earlier, Mr Jonathan's aide Dr Doyin Okupe told Sky News the president would visit the town where the girls were snatched and said the disclosure he had cancelled a trip because of safety fears was a "misconception".

    "We are committed to ensuring we get these girls released," he said.

    The announcement by his office on Friday had prompted outrage among relatives of the girls, in a community already angry that is has taken the president so long to visit the town.

    Mr Jonathan was on Saturday put under pressure from the international community to deal effectively with the problem of Boko Haram at the Paris summit.

    He was urged by Foreign Secretary William Hague to improve significantly the security forces, who Mr Hague described as "not well-structured". Nigeria had to provide a "more effective response", Mr Hague said.

    Mr Hague said Nigeria needed to work more closely with the neighbouring states of Cameroon, Niger and Chad, to create an "intelligence cell" to combat the insurgents

    President Hollande said Boko Haram was linked to al Qaeda and was now a direct threat to the West. He said the coordinated plan of action against the group was needed immediately.

    It comes as Nigerian police told Sky News they lacked the equipment to prevent another attack by Boko Haram. There has also been mounting anger over missed opportunities to rescue the girls in the immediate aftermath of the school attack.


    Leaders from Nigeria's neighbours were present at the summit along with Mr Hague, Mr Hollande and a senior official at the US State Department.

    There have been long-running hostilities between Nigeria and Cameroon, which has significantly damaged the potential for joint action against Boko Haram.

    However, with Mr Jonathan's attempt to drive the Islamist movement out, many have fled to the Cameroon border and the rebels have recently carried out several attacks in the country.

    On Saturday, rebels attacked a Chinese plant in the north of Cameroon, killing one worker and abducting a further 10, according to reports.

    On Friday Barack Obama telephoned Mr Hollande to discuss the summit and the White House said the safe release of all 223 girls was now one of the US's main priorities.

    The international community has galvanised efforts to find the girls, who were kidnapped on April 14, with Britain, France and US sending specialist teams and equipment.

    Nigeria 'Committed' To Finding Kidnapped Girls
     
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    Israeli Forces Reportedly on the Ground in Nigeria


    Israeli security forces have arrived in Nigeria to aid in the search for up to 200 young Christian girls recently abducted by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

    On Monday, international media was abuzz after the publication of a video showing many of the captive girls dressed in Muslim garb (pictured) and reciting passages from the Koran. In the video, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says the girls will be held and continued to be forcibly converted to Islam until jailed members of his group are freed by the Nigerian government.

    The government of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan rejected the demand, and turned to the international community for assistance. Israel was quick to answer the call.

    “Israel expresses deep shock at the crime against the girls,” read a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We are ready to help in finding the girls and fighting the cruel terrorism inflicted on you.”

    Members of a Nigerian delegation currently in Israel told Channel 2 News that their government had accepted the offer of Israeli aid, and confirmed that Israeli counter-terrorism experts were already en route to the West African nation.

    An Israeli military official who just returned from Nigeria told popular Internet news site Buzzfeed that “in the wake of this crisis, Israel increased its assistance and we have been providing support in any manner possible. We have been involved on this from the beginning.”

    It was reported that at present, Israeli forces are helping to gather intelligence and guide Nigerian forces on how to best tackle the Boko Haram threat. Some Israeli radio commentators also suggested that Israeli special forces could be taking part in reconnaissance and combat operations.

    Israeli Forces Reportedly on the Ground in Nigeria - Israel Today | Israel News
     
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    Nigeria abducted schoolgirls: RAF plane sets off

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    An RAF spy plane has left the UK to help search for 223 schoolgirls abducted by extremists in Nigeria.

    The Sentinel R1 plane, which has a crew of five, took off from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, at 09:25 BST on Sunday, the Ministry of Defence said.

    Boko Haram Islamic militants took the schoolgirls, who include Christians and Muslims, on 14 April in north-eastern Nigeria, where the group is based.

    African leaders meeting in Paris have declared "war" on the group.
    'Moving targets'

    The MoD said the "state-of-the-art surveillance jet" would operate from Accra, Ghana, and would join US aircraft in attempting to locate the girls.

    It said the aircraft was "capable of flying for significant periods of time at high altitude" and was fitted with a "dual mode radar", which could "locate moving targets and offer radar imagery".

    British military teams have already been embedded with the Nigerian army and are also working with US experts to analyse information on the girls' location.

    RAF Waddington station commander Capt Rich Barrow said he was "delighted" to help Nigeria in its efforts "to find the girls and get them back with their families where they belong".

    "The Sentinel with its wide area search capability and long endurance is perfect for this task," he said.

    "UK personnel will help to analyse the information gathered to improve the intelligence picture for the Nigerian authorities."

    BBC News - Nigeria abducted schoolgirls: RAF plane sets off
     

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