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    Islamic militant group Boko Haram has taken control of the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa in a July 18 attack that killed at least 40 people.

  • ** FILE ** In this Sunday, May 18, 2014, file photo some of the parents of the kidnapped school girls sit outside a compound during a meeting in Chibok, Nigeria. At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and their hometown, Chibok, is under siege from the militants, residents report. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

    11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

    Nearly a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again.

  • Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, left, shakes hands with Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, right, at the Presidential villa, in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, July 14, 2014. Yousafzai on Monday won a promise from Nigeria's leader to meet with the parents of some of the 219 schoolgirls held by Islamic extremists for three months. Malala celebrated her 17th birthday on Monday in Nigeria with promises to work for the release of the girls from the Boko Haram movement. (AP Photo)

    Missing girls' parents won't see Nigerian leader

    Parents and schoolmates of the 219 schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram extremists refused at the last minute Tuesday to meet with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, who accused activists of "playing politics."

  • Illustration on the situation in Nigeria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    ABATI: Nigeria's offensive against Boko Haram

    The concern that has been expressed over the abduction of more than 200 girls from a secondary school in Nigeria since April 14 is legitimate and understandable.

  • Nigeria's chief of defense staff Air Marshal Alex S. Badeh, centre, speaks during a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, May 26, 2014. Scores of protesters chanting "Bring Back Our Girls" marched in the Nigerian capital Monday to protest the abductions of more than 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, the government's failure to rescue them and the killings of scores of teachers by Islamic extremists in recent years. (AP Photo/Gbenga Olamikan)

    Nigerian defense chief says abducted girls located

    Nigeria's military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country's chief of defense said Monday.

  • Frankly Anderson, a victim of Tuesday's car bomb explosions, receives treatment at Jos University Teaching Hospital in Jos, Nigeria, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Two car bombs exploded at a bustling bus terminal and a market in Nigeria's central city of Jos on Tuesday, killing over 100 people, wounding dozens and leaving bloodied bodies amid the flaming debris. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the twin car bombs. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Nigerian schools close to protest kidnappings

    Scores of protesters chanting "Bring Back Our Girls" marched in the Nigerian capital Thursday as many schools across the country closed to protest the abductions of more than 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, the government's failure to rescue them and the killings of scores of teachers by Islamic extremists in recent years.

  • A Nigerian, resident in Spain protests outside the Nigerian embassy in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 16, 2014 in support of the kidnapped school girls in Abuja, Nigeria. Boko Haram insurgents on April 15 abducted more than 300 students from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School. Police say 53 managed to escape and 276 remain in captivity. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    Summit combats Boko Haram funds, arms, training

    Boko Haram has ample funds, highly sophisticated weaponry and advanced training with some of the world's most experienced terrorists, the French president said Saturday as he and African leaders grappled with how to combat the Islamic extremist group whose reach extends to five countries.

  • ** FILE ** In this Thursday, May 8, 2014, file photo, Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

    Nigeria leader nixes visit where girls kidnapped

    Amid apparent security concerns, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan cancelled a trip Friday to the traumatized town where Islamic extremists abducted more than 300 schoolgirls a month ago. Angry parents said he showed no respect for their emotions.

  • Christians pray during a service to support the release of kidnapped girls in Nigeria, at a church in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Boko Haram, the militant group that kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, said the girls will only be freed after the government releases jailed militants. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Angry Nigerian soldiers fire on senior officer

    Islamic militants again attacked the remote Nigerian town from which nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped, Nigeria's military said Wednesday, resulting in a firefight that killed 12 soldiers and led angry troops to fire on a commanding officer.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, stands next to President Shimon Peres, second right, as they commemorate Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism in a ceremony on Mt. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on Monday, May 5, 2014. Israel came to a standstill on Monday as sirens wailed across the country on its annual Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Jim Hollander, Pool)

    Israel 'ready to help' Nigeria find kidnapped schoolgirls

    Israel has offered to help Nigeria locate the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last month by Islamic terrorists, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

  • Women attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday May 5, 2014. Their plight — and the failure of the Nigerian military to find them — has drawn international attention to an escalating Islamic extremist insurrection that has killed more than 1,500 so far this year. Boko Haram, the name means "Western education is sinful," has claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping and threatened to sell the girls. The claim was made in a video seen Monday. The British and U.S. governments have expressed concern over the fate of the missing students, and protests have erupted in major Nigerian cities and in New York. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Boko Haram takes credit for abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls, threatens to sell them

    The al Qaeda-inspired Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Monday threatened to sell into marriage more than 270 schoolgirls it had kidnapped nearly three weeks ago in northern Nigeria.

  • Damaged buses are seen at the scene of an explosion at a bus park in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, April. 14, 2014. Suspected Islamic militants struck at the heart of Nigeria with a massive rush-hour explosion at a bus station Monday that killed 71, with the toll expected to rise in the deadliest attack yet on the nation’s capital. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

    Police: Blast in Nigerian capital kills 71

    A massive explosion ripped through a bus station during the morning rush hour in Nigeria's capital, killing at least 71 people and wounding 124 in a bombing that marked the bloodiest terrorist attack ever in Abuja.

  • Suspected extremists attack northern Nigeria city

    Islamic militants struck the northern city of Maiduguri Friday morning, attacking the main military barracks with gunfire and explosions, but the Ministry of Defense said it repelled the insurgents and inflicted "heavy casualties."

  • Nigeria: Agents seize passport of ousted governor

    Nigerian security agents have seized the passport and are plotting to arrest the internationally respected banker who was ousted as Central Bank governor after he revealed that billions of petrodollars are missing from the treasury, a friend and former Cabinet minister said Friday.

  • Governor: Nigeria losing war on terrorists

    Nigeria is losing its war against Islamic extremists, warned the governor of the northeastern state hardest hit by the country's uprising, as the death toll from the latest attack by militants rose to more than 150, a U.N. agency said Tuesday.

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