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New York Times
News about Nigeria, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
Updated: 5 hours 34 min ago
Claims that the ship was boarded last week by separatists are probably a cover to lend legitimacy to a kidnapping for ransom, a maritime security expert said.
Nigerian separatists threatened to blow up a merchant ship if the authorities do not release a separatist leader seeking the independence of Biafra.
At least 50 people, including children, were killed by gunmen and suicide bombers in a series of raids on villages outside the city of Maiduguri, officials said.
Members of the sect, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, have said that as many as 800 people were killed during the clashes in December.
At least 12 people were killed when explosives were detonated in the northern town of Chibok, where Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 girls almost two years ago.