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Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is training child soldiers how to use semi-automatic weapons.The group has released pictures showing more than a dozen children posing with, and learning how to aim, AK-47's.
The images appear to have been taken in northern Nigeria where Boko Haram has committed most of its attacks.
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Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has released pictures showing child soldiers being trained, local media reported.
African states should act quickly and collectively to curb the growing threat posed by Nigeria's militant Islamists, the African Union chief has said.
Cross-border raids into Cameroon showed the dangers the Boko Haram group posed, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.
Nigeria has rejected AU or UN intervention, saying regional armies are capable of dealing with the threat.
Its troops repelled a new attack by Boko Haram on the key north-eastern city of Maiduguri on Sunday night.
Boko Haram launched a full-scale insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2009 to create an Islamic state.
BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian Sunni jihadist group Boko Haram released about 190 captives, who returned to their community in the northeast state of Yobe between Friday and Saturday, while other people were still being held, local and state officials said.
"The people will be presented to the government tomorrow (Sunday) for assistance as their houses were set ablaze when the insurgents attacked the village, Katarko in the Gujba local council," Goni Mali, a community leader of Katarko said.
Abdullahi Bego, spokesman for the state governor, said the militants released young men, women and children who were kidnapped on Jan 6. At least 20 other people were still being held.
Boko Haram has been waging a five-year insurgency to establish an Islamic state in the northeast of the country. Borno state is the worst hit followed by Adamawa and Yobe.
WASHINGTON — Relations between American military trainers and specialists advising the Nigerian military in the fight against Boko Haram are so strained that the Pentagon often bypasses the Nigerians altogether, choosing to work instead with security officials in the neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger, according to defense officials and diplomats.
Major rifts like these between the Nigerian and American militaries have been hampering the fight against Boko Haram militants as they charge through northernNigeria, razing villages, abducting children and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee.
Since 1999, the People’s Democratic Party has controlled Nigeria but more than half the country’s youth are out of work
KADUNA, Nigeria — Boisterous crowds packed the streets for the retired general, while young men climbed lampposts, walls and billboards to glimpse his gaunt face. Others danced on careening motorcycles, brandishing homemade brooms, symbols of his campaign.
With Nigeria’s presidential election only weeks away, Boko Haram’s unchecked rampaging here in the country’s north is helping to propel the 72-year-old general, Muhammadu Buhari, to the forefront.
Nigeria does not need the help of UN or African Union troops to take on Boko Haram, the country's national security adviser has told the BBC.
Sambo Dasuki said Nigeria, and its neighbours were in a "good shape" to take on the insurgents.
But he acknowledged the group, which is fighting to create an Islamic state, were a "real security threat".
Meanwhile US Secretary of State John Kerry says he plans to visit Nigeria in a couple of days.
Mr Kerry made the announcement in a speech discussing how to tackle violent extremism at the Davos economic conference.
GASSERE/BOSSO/DIFFA, 30 January 2014 (IRIN) - Up to 37,000 people - both Nigerians and Nigeriens - have fled Boko Haram violence in northeastern Nigeria since early 2012, and most are sheltering with families in neighbouring Niger, but the aid response thus far has been patchy. Government efforts to register the displaced have been slow, and the refugees among them have yet to be given refugee status.
In the latest attacks on 26 January, suspected Boko Haram militants killed over 100 people in the villages of Kawuri and Waga Chakawa, in Borno and Adamawa States, respectively.
BEVERLY HILLS, January 16, (THEWILL) – The general impression in Chibok, the Borno community where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram last April, is that the Federal Government has forgotten about their daughters.
Still agonising over the lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Government to the fate of the girls, the people faulted President Goodluck Jonathan on his avowed determination to bring back the girls.