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Four killed in explosion at cooking gas plant in Nigeria

At least four people have been killed in an explosion at a cooking gas plant in south-eastern Nigeria, a Red Cross spokesman had said.

The blast happened as a truck was discharging butane gas at the plant in Nnewi town, Anambra state, at the same time customers were refilling their gas bottles, people nearby claimed.

Red Cross spokesman Peter Kachi said four people had been killed and four others injured.

"The gas plant was completely destroyed and several houses around the scene damaged," he said.

Troops free 900 hostages held by Boko Haram extremists

The operations took place in Boko Haram strongholds in the Sambisa Forest. Credit: Google Maps

Troops have rescued 900 hostages being held by Boko Haram extremists, a Cameroon government spokesman has said.

Cameroonians, Chadians and Nigerians held by the Islamic extremists were freed from several camps by forces from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Benin.

More than 100 extremists were killed and 100 arrested, including one of the group's leaders, during an operation in Nigeria between November 27 and 29, Issa Tchiroma Bakary said.

The operations took place in Boko Haram strongholds in the Sambisa Forest, which straddles northeastern Nigeria, Cameroon and the Lake Chad area.

More than 20,000 people have been killed during the six-year uprising by Boko Haram, which calls itself IS's "West African province".


'Boko Haram' kills 10, injures dozens in suicide bombing

At least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured in a suicide bomb attack by suspected members of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, security sources have said.

The attack happened in the far north region of Cameroon, and is the latest deadly attack in the region as Boko Haram militants target the country along with Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

Cameroon has signed up to an 8,700-strong regional force with its neighbours, led by Nigeria, aiming to fight back against the militants. The United States is sending military supplies and troops to help the force, which is expected to be operational by the end of the year.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR warned last month that the border region near Lake Chad was being turned into a "war zone".


At least 47 people killed in Nigeria market explosion

At least 47 people have been killed and 52 injured in a blast that exploded in a northeastern Nigeria's Borno state market, a military source has told Reuters.

Nigeria's Borno state. Credit: Google Maps

The sources said that the explosion struck the town of Sabon Gari at around 1.30pm. It is in a region where hundreds have been killed in attacks by suspected members of militant Islamist group Boko Haram in the last few weeks.

Nigerian army 'rescues' 178 people from Boko Haram

The Nigerian military has claimed to have rescued 178 people from the terror group Boko Haram.

The Nigerian military has announced the rescue of more than 100 people. Credit: Reuters

An army spokesperson said 101 of those freed from the camp in northern Borno were children.

"A large number" of Islamist militants were killed in strikes by the Nigerian Air Force near the village of Bitta, near the city of Maiduguri, defence officials said in a statement.

The announcement made no mention of more than 200 girls who are still missing after being kidnapped from a school in April 2014.

The girls' abduction sparked the global #BringBackOurGirls campaign but none of them have been found despite reported sightings.

Almost 100 Muslims killed in Boko Haram mosque attacks

Dozens of Muslim worshippers were shot and killed by Boko Haram militants as they prayed at mosques in Nigeria.

The 97 victims - most of them men - were praying ahead of breaking their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when fighters from the Islamist militant group struck at a number of mosques in the town of Kukawa.

A senior government official from the area and a fighter confirmed the deaths, and said some militants also broke into people's homes, killing women and children.

Boko Haram often targets mosques where it believes the Islam being preached is too moderate.

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