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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.


69 dead, dozens hurt as oil tanker smashes into bus station

Sixty-nine people were killed and dozens more injured when a runaway oil tanker ploughed into a bus station and exploded in southern Nigeria.

Officials in Anambra state capital Onitsha said the truck's brakes had failed, causing it to veer out of control and smash into the station where more than 100 people were waiting.

The tanker's load of petrol ignited and exploded, sparking a blaze which then spread to 11 other vehicles nearby.

Relatives of people missing since yesterday's crash were today called to morgues in the region to try to identify those killed.

Nigerian troops rescue more girls from Boko Haram

Nigeria's military says it has rescued 234 more girls and women from a Boko Haram forest stronghold in the country's north-east.

The announcement by the Nigerian Defence Headquarters brings the number declared rescued this week to more than 677.

There have been reports that some women fought the troops, with Boko Haram using them as an armed human shield.

It is not known how many girls, women, boys and men Boko Haram has kidnapped over its six-year-old rebellion.

Rescued girls in Nigeria 'not from Chibok'

The 200 girls rescued in an army operation in Nigeria are not those kidnapped in Chibok last year, an army spokesman has said.

Earlier, the Nigerian Army said it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military operation in the Sambisa Forest after destroying three Boko Haram camps.

But a spokesman for the army has confirmed that the girls were not those kidnapped from schools in Chibok by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in April 2014.


Nigerian troops save 200 girls in Boko Haram operation

The Nigerian Army has said it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military operation in the Sambisa Forest after destroying three Boko Haram camps.

On its twitter feed, the Nigerian Armed Forces said it was unable to confirm if the schoolgirls kidnapped last year in Chibok are among those rescued.

Islamist militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls near the northern village of Chibok in April 2014, sparking international outcry.

Chad army 'kills hundreds of Boko Haram militants'

Hundreds of Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria have been killed by armed forces from neighbouring Chad, an army spokesman has said.

Col Azem Bermandoa said Chadian forces were carrying out mopping-up operations in northern areas around the border town of Malam Fatori, which was recently claimed back from by the Islamist extremist group.

Nine Chad soldiers were killed and 16 injured in the fighting, he added.

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