Gunmen opened fire church in southern Nigeria, killing at least 17

Gunmen opened fire church in Nigeria

Unknown gunmen killed 17 people following a new year's day church service in southern Nigeria, a local official said, the latest violence to hit the oil-rich region. 

Local government official Osi Olisa said Tuesday that the attackers opened fire on the church attendees in the town of Omoku on Monday morning. 

"It was a random attack, they shot anyone they saw on the road, before escaping," Olisa said. 

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Nigeria Triple Suicide Attack ; Kills 13

Nigeria  Triple Suicide Attack

Three female suicide bombers killed 13 people and wounded 16 in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Sunday, security sources said.

The first bomber detonated her explosive belt around 9:45pm (2045 GMT) in front of a small restaurant in the capital of Borno state "when people were buying their dinner," a military source said on condition of anonymity, giving the death toll. 

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At least 29 killed in central Nigeria violence

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At least 29 people were killed in a new flare-up of violence in central Nigeria targeting people sheltered in a primary school, prompting President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an appeal to “stop the madness”. The attack happened on Monday in Plateau state, which has been dogged for years by ethnic, sectarian and religious unrest.

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At least 12 killed in Nigeria church shooting

At least 12 killed in Nigeria church shooting

Gunmen stormed a Catholic church in a town in southeast Nigeria early on Sunday, killing 12 persons.

The attack took place at around 06:00 at St Philip's church in Ozubulu, near the city of Onitsha, witnesses said. 

"So far, 12 persons have been confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary here while several persons are receiving medical attention," a staff worker at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, where the victims were admitted, told AFP. 

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India Among Five Countries That Faced Most Terror Attacks In 2016: United States

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More than half of the terror attacks in the world in 2016 took place in five countries, including India and Pakistan, a senior US counter-terror official has said.

Justin Siberell, Acting Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, in a media briefing on the release of the Country Reports on Terrorism by the US State Department, also said that the total number of terror attacks in 2016 were lower than in 2015.

"And although terrorist attacks took place in 104 countries in 2016, they were heavily concentrated geographically, as they have been for the past several years."

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kills eight,Boko Haram suicide bomber in northeast Nigeria's Maiduguri

A female suicide bomber killed eight people and wounded 18 on Monday at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, an area regularly attacked by Boko Haram terrorists.

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Nigeria prisoner swap secures release of 82 Chibok girls

Chibok girls,

Nigeria has said it had negotiated the release of 82 of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists more than three years ago, securing their freedom in a prisoner swap deal. The presidency announced that months of talks with the jihadists had “yielded results”, just over six months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators. “Today 82 more Chibok girls were released,” it said on Saturday.

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Angelina Jolie Appeals For Commitment To 'Imperfect' UN

U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for internationalism in the face of wars driving people from their homes and a "rising tide of nationalism masquerading as patriotism".

The Hollywood actress, speaking at the United Nations in Geneva, called for a renewed commitment to the "imperfect" world body and to diplomacy to settle conflicts.

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Nigeria’s air force killed 50 people and injured 120 in an air strike on a camp for displaced persons in the northeast of the country on Tuesday (January 17), Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said.
The military said the strike had targeted Boko Haram. MSF said the strike occurred in Rann in Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadist group’s seven-year-old bid to create an Islamic caliphate. Regional military commander General Lucky Irabor located it at Kala Balge, a district including Rann.

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At Least Two Dead In Nigeria Suicide Attack

At least two people were killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack on a university campus in northeast Nigeria, a local resident, a lecturer and emergency services told AFP on Monday.

The blast happened at 5:25 am (0425 GMT) at a mosque in the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri and is thought to have been carried out by a teenage girl.

Suspicion will likely fall on the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has repeatedly used young women and girls as human bombs to target worshippers.

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