Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Al-Shabaab violence, drought amplify Somali hunger crisis

Terrorism | More than 40 percent of the country needs food aid, according to a UN report
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/21/16, 10:17 am

Five million Somalis need food, with children at the greatest risk of malnutrition, the United Nations said in a report released yesterday. The data comes amid ongoing famine conditions and continuous attacks from Somali-based extremist group al-Shabaab.

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Churchgoers among 18 killed in latest Boko Haram attacks

Terrorism | Three incidents target villagers, army convoy in northeast Nigeria
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/20/16, 10:14 am

Boko Haram fighters staged three separate attacks hours apart in northeastern Nigeria during the last two days, killing 18 people and proving the militant group’s resiliency amid ongoing efforts to eradicate it. 

The violence started on Sunday, when Boko Haram fighters on motorbikes ambushed people on their way back from church in Kwamjilari village, 19 miles east of Chibok. Survivors said eight people died in the attack. 

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Al-Shabaab kills senior Somali military official

Terrorism | Analysts warn terror attacks could increase ahead of country’s elections
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/19/16, 12:23 pm

A car bomb blast on Sunday killed a Somali military general and five of his bodyguards in the capital, Mogadishu, security officials confirmed.

Gen. Mohamed Roble Jimale Gobanle and his convoy had just left the military hospital and were heading toward the defense ministry when the suicide bomber detonated the explosive-filled car next to the general’s car, Captain Ali Nur said.

“The blast was very huge,” witness Abdi Hassan told Al Jazeera. “I saw smoke and fire overshadowing the whole area.”

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