A gang last week took 53 people hostage, including nine children, from a state-owned bus in Niger’s Kundu village.
A civilian contractor with the US-led coalition was killed and eight others, including a US service member, were wounded after at least three rockets hit areas between the civilian Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq and a nearby base.
Maiduguri city's three million residents plunged into darkness after a Daesh-linked militant group blew up transmission lines, in the third such attack in a month.
Local officials blame the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for carrying out the deadly assault on the village in Irumu territory.
Parents fear time may be running out for their sons as Boko Haram has a history of turning captives into militant fighters.
The announcement came after several days of uncertainty about the release of the pair, who were believed to have been held by al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.
The stalled release of prisoners has delayed talks between Afghanistan's government and the militant group but negotiations are expected to begin once the inmate impasse is overcome.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, though it comes not long after a splinter faction of Boko Haram warned civilians that they could be targeted if they helped humanitarian groups or the military.
A report carried by the New York Times said the White House has yet to authorize any steps against Russia in response to the bounties.
The ambush occurred on Saturday near the northern town of Barsalogho, the government said in a statement, adding that an attack on a livestock market in the east of the country earlier in the day had claimed 25 live
Egypt has been fighting the Sinai affiliate of the Daesh extremist movement for years and struggling to re-establish control over the restive border region.
The latest fighting between the soldiers and militants took place in Tillaberi region, near the borders of both Mali and Burkina Faso.
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