The withdrawal of US troops from West Africa will affect the region as well as the militarisation in Africa
"Heavily-armed terrorists" target convoy in western region of Tillaberi, killing seven police personnel and seven national guards, interior ministry says.
Boko Haram and its Daesh-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction have recently stepped up attacks on military and civilian targets.
France’s security failure in the Sahel has caused popular anger towards the former colonial power as many chant: 'Get out France, we don’t want to see you here.'
The attack was carried out by heavily-armed terrorists in the western Tillaberi region. "A substantial number of terrorists were neutralised," the defence ministry said. Niger extended a partial emergency in place since 2017 for another three months.
UN says stopping the work of the aid groups has left nearly 400,000 people 'without food and other essential help for the last month'.
Mercy Corps says it's suspending operations in Borno and Yobe states after Nigerian military shut four of its field offices. Separately, Daesh-linked militants executed one of six captive aid workers of Action Against Hunger.
The global rights watchdog urged Nigeria to release the children – some as young as five years – detained in degrading and inhuman conditions in military cells, in a report rejected by the Nigerian army.
Locals say militants targeted a funeral on Saturday in northeastern Borno state, epicentre of Boko Haram and Daesh insurgency.
The Multinational Joint Task Force, comprising soldiers from several African countries, says it has "inflicted the heaviest loss in six months" on Daesh in Lake Chad area.
More than 40 people were also wounded when three unidentified bombers struck in the northeast state of Borno where villagers were watching a football match on TV, officials and villagers say.
Many Nigerian women who were once married to Boko Haram fighters are navigating their trauma, though by not denying their experiences. They also want to raise their children in anonymity, hoping their true identity is never revealed.
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