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Arrests in Nigeria after Oil Facility Attacks

Nigerian troops have made several arrests following recent attacks on oil facilities that have hit production, a senior military source told AFP on Monday.

"We made some arrests over the weekend. They were picked up around scenes of recent attacks in the Niger delta," said the source, from the joint task force involved in security in the region.

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Blast in Maiduguri, NE Nigeria, Kills Two

Two police officers were killed when a suicide bomber tried to attack government offices in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Thursday, the military said.

Army spokesman Sani Usman said the attacker blew up as security personnel stopped him from trying to get into the Borno State Secretariat to attack staff.

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Five Police, Three Soldiers Killed in Nigeria's Oil Region

Five police officers and three soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in Nigeria's oil-producing south, police and the army said on Wednesday.

The violence comes after increasing attacks against oil facilities by militants wanting a fairer share of revenue for local people in the delta region.

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Amnesty Says Children, Babies Dying in Boko Haram Detention Facility

Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Nigeria to shut down a military detention facility for Boko Haram suspects after nearly 150 people, among them children and babies, died there in custody.

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Oil Rebels Blow up Chevron Facility in Nigeria

Militants have blown an offshore oil facility operated by U.S. oil group Chevron in southern Nigeria, the navy and the company said on Friday, in renewed violence that could hit exports in Africa's largest oil producer.

"There was an attack on a Chevron facility near Escravos on Wednesday night. The incident happened about four nautical miles from Escravos, near Warri, in Delta state," spokesman Chris Ezekobe told AFP.

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Nigeria and France Strengthen Military Cooperation

Nigeria and France on Thursday signed an agreement on closer military cooperation, including intelligence sharing, to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

Nigerian Defense Minister Mansur Dan Ali said the agreement was evidence of a "growing partnership" between Abuja and Paris, as he met his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in the capital.

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Niger Government Extends Emergency Measures against Boko Haram

Niger's government has extended a state of emergency in southeastern territory for three months because of the deadly danger from Boko Haram Islamists based in neighboring Nigeria, state television reported Thursday.

"The security situation in the Diffa region remains alarming because of the high level of threat due to attacks by Boko Haram," said a cabinet statement read on state television.

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Six Turkish Sailors Abducted Off Nigeria Released

Six Turkish sailors kidnapped early this month from aboard their vessel off the coast of Nigeria have been released unhurt, a maritime consultancy firm said on Tuesday.

Pirates attacked the merchant tanker used for crude oil operations on April 11 while it was steaming through the oil-rich Niger Delta and seized the sailors, including the captain.

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Boko Haram Gunmen Kill 11 in NE Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback killed at least 11 people in northeast Nigeria this week, two civilian vigilantes assisting the military told AFP on Thursday.

The attack on Zango village, in the Gulani district some 150 kilometers (94 miles) south of the Yobo state capital, Damaturu, happened overnight on Tuesday to Wednesday, said Aisami Mamman.

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Boko Haram-Hit Nigerian State Calls for Help to Rebuild

A northeast Nigerian state, the worst hit in the country by the Boko Haram insurgency, needs greater international assistance for rebuilding as it faces funding issues and a food crisis, its governor said on Tuesday.

Borno state governor Kashim Shettima said "we need the whole world to rally round us" to help peace-building, rehabilitation and reconstruction after nearly seven years of violence.

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