Nearly one in five suicide bombers used by the terror group Boko Haram, is a child, with more than half of them being girls, according to a UN report
Unicef said the number of Boko Haram suicide bombings had increased from 32 in 2014 to 151 in 2015.
Boko Haram, facing the heat of a military onslaught in Nigeria, has in the past year stepped up cross-border attacks in Niger, Chad and Cameroon
Brutal weekend attacks on three villages by Boko Haram Islamists in the restive northeast of Nigeria have left 30 dead and 20 others wounded
At least seven civilians were killed Friday in a suicide attack in Kolofata, northern Cameroon, a region where Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists are highly active, local officials said.
A bomb attack on a packed market in northeastern Nigeria bearing the hallmarks of Boko Haram killed around 50 people on Tuesday, sources said.
Nigeria said on Sunday it had carried out air strikes in the northeast of the country to repel an attack by Boko Haram and had killed a "large number" of the Islamist extremists.
Chad reintroduced the death penalty just six months after its abolition Thursday, as legislators passed a stringent anti-terror bill in the face of a spate of deadly Boko Haram attacks.
Chadian dictator Hissene Habre went on trial on Monday in Senegal, a quarter of a century after his blood-soaked reign came to an end, in a prosecution seen as a test case for African justice.
At least 11 people were killed when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up near an army camp in troubled northern Cameroon in an attack blamed on Boko Haram Islamists.
Three women wearing explosive vests blew up near Maiduguri in an apparent failed suicide bombing attack against Nigeria's beleaguered northeastern city
Islamist group Boko Haram has vowed to make voting impossible in Nigeria's upcoming election after a spate of deadly attacks in the country's violence-wracked northeast.
Five African nations have pledged to deploy 8,700 troops, police and civilians as part of a regional effort to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram militants.
Chad said it inflicted heavy losses on Nigeria's Boko Haram, killing "over 200" Islamist militants in a border town that it wrested from the rebels in a ground offensive.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed a massive attack on the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and threatened Niger, Chad and Cameroon in a video published online.
Boko Haram is no longer a local terror group. It is clearly operating as an al Qaeda operation" in central Africa, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said while speaking at a summit hosted by French President Hollande in Paris yesterday.
Jordan takes over the UN Security Council presidency on Wednesday, the first day of its two-year stint on a 15-nation body struggling to cope with conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali and elsewhere.
Chad, Saudi Arabia and Lithuania have never served on the UN's most powerful body while Nigeria and Chile have both been on the council four times previously.