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Boko Haram Attacks Nigerian Soldiers

Boko Haram fighters attacked Nigerian troops early on Monday, the army said, after two suspected suicide bombers were shot dead near military positions.

Army spokesman Sani Usman said in a brief emailed statement: "Boko Haram terrorists attack troops of 113 Battalion at Kareto, northern Borno state.

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Impact on Boko Haram Unclear after Splinter Group Leader Held

Nigeria's security services have hailed the arrest of the leader of the Boko Haram splinter group Ansaru, Khalid al-Barnawi, saying it will lead to them to other senior Islamist commanders.

"The arrest of Barnawi is a huge success and will have a profound effect on counter-terrorism operations in Nigeria and beyond," one security source told AFP.

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Suspected Fulani Herders Kill 15 in Eastern Nigeria

Suspected ethnic Fulani herders killed at least 15 villagers and burnt down homes in Taraba state in eastern Nigeria in a dispute over grazing rights, police said on Wednesday.

State police spokesman Kwaji Joseph told AFP the incident happened on Sunday when the herdsmen stormed Dori and Mesuma in the Gashaka local government area.

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Mass Burial after Army-Shiite Clash in Northern Nigeria

Nearly 350 dead bodies were buried in a mass grave in northern Nigeria after clashes between the army and supporters of a Shiite cleric, a public official has told an inquiry into the unrest.

The testimony of Muhammad Namadi Musa, the director-general of the Kaduna State Interfaith Bureau, lends weight to claims that at least 300 people were killed in the violence in December last year.

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Pirates Abduct Six Turkish Crew Off Nigeria

Pirates have attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria, kidnapping six crew members in a region increasingly hit by piracy in recent years, the Nigerian navy said on Monday.

"All the six Turkish crew members, including the captain of the vessel, the chief officer and the chief engineer, were abducted by the attackers," Nigerian Navy spokesman Chris Ezekobe told AFP.

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Two Female Suicide Bombers Killed in NE Nigeria

A female suicide bomber set off her explosives and the other was killed by troops outside the northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri, where a twin suicide attack last week killed 25 people, vigilantes said.

The two were spotted by civilian vigilantes helping the military fight the Boko Haram Islamist group at Molai around 1:00 am, vigilante Babakura Kolo told AFP.

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Four Killed as Unrest Halts Re-Run Vote in Nigeria's Rivers State

Four people were killed in political violence that has forced the cancellation of election re-runs in the southern Nigerian state of Rivers, police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Monday.

Police said four people were killed and 22 arrests were made at the weekend for disrupting the electoral process, which INEC said included the barricading of its offices.

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Nigeria's Borno State Reveals Level of Boko Haram Destruction

Some 20,000 people have been killed in the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state in northeast Nigeria, according to a report for the World Bank that puts the cost of destruction at $5.9 billion.

The report lays bare the extent of the damage since the insurgency began in 2009 and which at one point saw the Islamists control swathes of territory across the northeast.

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'Suspected Pirates' Kill Two Soldiers in Nigeria's South

Nigeria's military on Thursday said suspected pirates killed two soldiers in a gun battle in the oil-producing south, where tensions are high before a re-run of disputed elections.

The shooting happened at about 11 am (1000 GMT) as troops in a speedboat were patrolling the creeks in Abonnema, west of the Rivers state capital, Port Harcourt.

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Two Suicide Bombers Kill 22 in Maiduguri, NE Nigeria

At least 22 people were killed in a twin suicide bombing at a mosque in northeast Nigeria Wednesday, prompting condemnation from President Muhammadu Buhari and stoking fresh fears about security.

The attack, carried out by two women disguised as men, took place at about 5:30 am (0430 GMT) in the Molai district of Maiduguri, which Boko Haram insurgents have repeatedly targeted in the past.

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