Onize Ohikere

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

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Multinational force boots Boko Haram from last Borno town

Nigeria | Despite territorial losses, the extremist group continues to launch sporadic attacks in the region
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/29/16, 09:14 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—The multinational task force combating Boko Haram said yesterday it has taken back the last town held captive by the militant group in the state where its insurgency began.

Boko Haram captured the Borno town of Damasak in October 2014. Joint task force spokesman Col. Mohammed Dole said more than 30 Nigerian soldiers have died in previous attempts to recapture the town. The force this time received air support from the team’s member states.

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South Sudanese troops assault civilians during conflict

South Sudan | UN peacekeepers accused of standing by while women are raped and killed
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/28/16, 08:53 am

Witnesses and civilian leaders have accused South Sudanese soldiers of raping dozens of women and girls who sought refuge earlier this month from renewed fighting in the country’s ongoing civil conflict.

Reports described several assaults that occurred close to a UN camp in the capital, Juba, where many women and girls took shelter. Other incidents happened in other parts of Juba when people began to leave the camp in search of food as the conflict subsided.

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Associated Press/Photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh

Al-Shabaab kills 13 in attack on African Union base

Terrorism | Terror group steps up bombing campaign as it loses territory
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/26/16, 02:40 pm

Two suicide bombers early this morning killed at least 13 people, including seven guards, when they detonated car bombs outside the African Union’s (AU) main peacekeeping base in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Somali police chief Mohamed Shiekh Hassan confirmed in a press conference that the blasts happened near the AU base, which is close to the Mogadishu airport. The explosions shattered windows at the airport and temporarily halted flights, police confirmed.

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