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Kidnapped Nigerian girls appear in new 'proof of life' video

Fifteen of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls, missing since being abducted by Boko Haram two years ago, have appeared in a new video released by their kidnappers as 'proof of life'.

Lined up for the camera the girls confirm their names in the footage which is believed to have been recorded on Christmas day last year and is being used as part of negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.

  • Video report by ITV News' International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar.


'Nigerian government has not done enough to find girls'

The Nigerian government has "not done enough" to find the 219 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram more than two years ago, according to Amnesty International.

Speaking in the wake of the release of a new video appearing to show 15 of the still missing girls the rights group said authorities needed to "step up" its actions to try and locate the kidnapped students.

A spokeswoman for Amnesty International told ITV News: "The Nigerian government now needs to really step up its attention in terms of identifying and tracking where these girls have been, where they have been over the past two years and where they are right now."

'22 people killed by suicide bombers' in Nigeria

Twenty-two people have been killed by two female suicide bombers who targeted a mosque in north-eastern Nigeria, according to rescue officials.

Abdul Mohammed, of the State Emergency Management Agency, told Associated Press news agency that 17 others were injured in the explosions on the outskirts of the city of Maiduguri, which is the birthplace of Boko Haram.

One bomber is said to have blown herself up inside the mosque and the second outside as survivors of the first blast tried to flee.


Sunday Oliseh resigns as Nigeria coach

Sunday Oliseh has resigned as coach of Nigeria after a turbulent seven months in charge.

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder announced his decision on Twitter, although the Nigerian Football Federation has yet to respond.

Oliseh has stepped down. Credit: Reuters

Oliseh wrote: "Due to contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players, asst. coaches and myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach.

"I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to play, captain and coach this great nation of ours, Nigeria."

The 41-year-old was allegedly told to report to Shaibu Amodu - technical director of the NFF - and was not happy with the decision, prompting him to quit.

Female suicide bombers kill dozens of refugees in Nigeria

At least 56 people were killed and dozens more injured when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a refugee camp in Nigeria.

The attack happened at a refugee camp in Dikwa, north-eastern Nigeria Credit: Google Maps

Around 78 people were being treated for injuries after the twin explosions at the camp in Dikwa, which houses some 50,000 people forced to flee from Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Officials in Nigeria have pinned blame for the attack on the extremists.

More than 20,000 people have been killed in Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began six years ago, and 2.5 million made homeless.

It comes after another two suicide bombers, believed to have come from Nigeria, killed 10 people and injured 40 in a border village with Cameroon's Far North province.

At least 65 killed in Nigeria Boko Haram attack

At least 65 people have been killed on the outskirts of Nigeria's Maiduguri city in a Saturday night attack by Boko Haram militants, Reuters reports.

Witnesses said militants used guns and explosives in the attack. Credit: APTN
The attackers reportedly arrived on motorbikes and in lorries. Credit: APTN
People living in the village said the attack lasted for hours. Credit: APTN
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