GOMBE, Nigeria — Aminu Usman sat facing his interrogators and answered questions thrown at him about his life as a Boko Haram terrorist. “We were told that we were in the service of God,” said Usman, 35, a laborer and father of five. “That if we die, we would go to paradise.”Usman explained his journey to militancy not in response to the threat of torture by Nigerian military captors but to sympathetic listeners hoping to change his life for the better.
ABUJA, Nigeria – An extremist group allied with the Islamic State released 82 young women it had held captive for more than three years, government officials said late Saturday. The Boko Haram group is still holding an estimated 100 young women hostage; they were kidnapped from a school in the town of Chibok in April 2014. The mass abductions sparked international outcry and prompted the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls.
ABUJA, Nigeria — Lawan Zannah rejoiced last October when Boko Haram militants released his daughter, Maryam, one of 276 girls abducted in 2014 from their school in northeastern Nigeria. But his joy was tempered by the fact his niece, Aisha, was not among the group freed. “I miss my niece," he said. Aisha is among two-thirds of the girls seized from Chibok three years ago Friday.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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