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June 7 (Bloomberg) -- At least five people were killed when three blasts went off today in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, including one at the state government secretariat, a police spokesman said.
“Five people have been confirmed dead and 14 are seriously wounded,” a Borno state police spokesman, Lawal Abdullahi, said by phone from the city.
In a separate incident, a gunman in the city suspected to be an Islamic militant shot dead Ibrahim Mohammed, a Muslim cleric, late yesterday at his home, Abdullahi said.
Authorities in Nigeria’s north have blamed a radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, which draws inspiration from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, for a spate of bomb attacks and killings targeting government officials and the security forces.
Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer and most populous country, is roughly split between a mainly Muslim north and a predominantly Christian south. More than 14,000 people died in ethnic and religious clashes in the West African nation between 1999 and 2009, according to the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.
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