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NIGERIA: Boko Haram terror group suspected in suicide bombing outside school which killed at least 48

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At least 48 people were killed and 79 wounded in an Islamic suicide bombing outside a school in northern Nigeria. The attacker was disguised as a student when he set off the explosion in a government boarding school in the town of Potiskum. “We suspect Boko Haram is behind the attack,” said police spokesman.

CNN  The explosion took place at 7:50 a.m. local time outside the principal’s office, where students had gathered for a daily speech. “We were waiting for our teachers to come and address us at the assembly ground when we heard a huge explosion,” student Adamu Ibrahim said.

Although no one‎ has claimed responsibility for the attack, Boko Haram is the prime suspect. The radical Islamic militant group has carried out deadly attacks on schools teaching Western curriculum. Boko Haram means ‘Western Education is Sin.’

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In February, Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 40 students when they opened fire and threw explosives in student hostels in a government boarding school in the town of Buni Yadi, in Yobe state. And last year, 42 students were killed when Boko Haram gunmen attacked dormitories with guns and explosives in a government boarding school near Potiskum.

The group’s five-year insurgency is aimed at establishing an Islamic state just like their brothers in ISIS‎.

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In a new video, Boko Haram’s leader said the 219 kidnapped schoolgirls who remain hostages of the Islamist group had converted to Islam and were married off. The group also denied Nigerian claims that a ceasefire had been agreed.

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France24  In a new video obtained by AFP, the Islamist group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, denied claims by Nigeria’s government that it had agreed to a ceasefire and apparently ruled out any future talks on the release of the girls. Some 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the remote northeast town of Chibok in Borno state in April, sending Boko Haram – whose five-year insurgency in northern Nigeria has claimed an estimated 13,000 lives – into the international spotlight.

The new video comes after a surprise announcement by the Nigerian military and presidency on October 17 that a deal had been reached with the militants to end hostilities and return the kidnapped children. There was immediate scepticism about both claims. Previous ceasefires have proved fruitless and there is little faith in the influence of the purported envoy to Boko Haram, Danladi Ahmadu.

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Violence – and fresh kidnappings – have continued unabated since the announcement, including a triple bombing of a bus station in the northern city of Gombe on Friday that killed at least eight.

Nigeria’s government maintains that talks are ongoing in the Chadian capital, Ndjamena. “We have not made ceasefire with anyone,” said Shekau, speaking in the local Hausa language and dressed in military fatigues with a black turban. Any such claims were a “lie”, he added.

“We did not negotiate with anyone … It’s a lie. It’s a lie. We will not negotiate. What is our business with negotiation? Allah said we should not,” he said, flanked by 15 of his armed fighters. He also said he did not know the Nigerian mediator Danladi.

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There was no indication of when or where the video was shot but it was obtained through the same channels as previous communications from the group. Shekau mentions the Chibok girls for the first time since a video obtained on May 5, when more than 100 of the girls were shown in a rural location dressed in the hijab and reciting verses from the Koran.

“Don’t you know the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls have converted to Islam? They have now memorised two chapters of the Koran,” he said. Shekau previously threatened to sell the girls and has also suggested he would be prepared to release them in exchange for Boko Haram prisoners.

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“We have married them off. They are in their marital homes,” he said, laughing.

Human Rights Watch said in a report published this week that Boko Haram was holding upwards of 500 women and young girls and that forced marriage was commonplace in the militant camps.

One former hostage said she saw some of the Chibok girls forced to cook and clean for other women and girls who had been chosen for “special treatment because of their beauty”.

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ANOTHER BEHEADING! This one a Nigerian Air Force Officer by Islamic terror group Boko Haram

This disturbing video (actual beheading part is blurred) has surfaced showing how some members of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, decapitated a Nigerian Air Force officer in Borno State and paraded his head in a jubilant display.

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The victim, who was extensively interrogated before his gruesome killing, identified himself as Umar Abubakar, disclosing that he was a member of Section 9 of the Nigerian armed forces engaged in counter-insurgency measures against Boko Haram.  In the video clip, the insurgents asked their victim to state his monthly pay to which he replied N40,000. The insurgents displayed their victim’s identity card, chanting that the world should know that Allah had given them an enemy.

“So you were sent to kill Boko Haram? And you are serving the state instead of Allah? We are members of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad and Allah has given us an infidel today,” one of the Islamist sect’s leaders said in the video.

Thinking that reprieve would come his way, the captured military operative proclaimed himself a Muslim of Jama’atu Izalal extraction, but the insurgents, who spoke Hausa mixed with Kanuri, dismissed his plea. Their leader said: “No amount of prayers will save you, we will judge you according to the Quran.”

To the chants of “Allahu Akbar” the insurgents decapitated the hapless officer. After beheading their victim, the terrorists held up his severed head in jubilation as one of them used a mobile phone to film the gory scene. The victim’s headless body can be seen on the ground in a pool of blood, his hands tied with a rope.

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