Onize Ohikere

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

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Gunmen kill nuns, 12 others in Yemeni retirement home massacre

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/04/16, 02:00 pm

Gunmen killed 16 people, including four Indian nuns, in an attack on a retirement home in Yemen’s southern city of Aden earlier today.

Yemeni security officials said the gunmen handcuffed all the victims before shooting them in the head. Local authorities took the dead to a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders.

The retirement home housed about 80 residents and is run by Missionaries of Charity, the religious order established by Mother Theresa in 1950.

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French forces take down al-Qaeda commander in Mali

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/03/16, 02:36 pm

French forces in Mali killed a Spanish al-Qaeda commander earlier this week, striking a blow to the extremists terrorizing North Africa. But experts warn military victories alone will not be enough to defeat the ideologically driven group.

“The death of Abu al-Nur al-Andalusi happened during an attack by French forces on a meeting of al-Qaeda members in northern Mali,” Spanish intelligence firm AICS told Reuters.

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Associated Press/Photo by Lekan Oyekanmi, File

Boko Haram fighters starve to the point of surrender

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/02/16, 12:20 pm

Dozens of starving Boko Haram fighters and supporters have surrendered to local authorities, according to the Nigerian military, highlighting its success in blocking the terror group’s food supply routes.

A senior military officer said 76 people, including women and children, turned themselves in to local authorities in the town of Gwoza in Borno State. The detainees revealed more fighters want to surrender. Authorities are currently holding them at the military headquarters in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria.

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