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Soldier Injured in Incident With North Nigeria Islamic Militants

January 08, 2012

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- A Nigerian soldier was injured in a firefight between military forces and suspected members of Islamic militant group, Boko Haram, in a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, according to the field operations officer of the military joint task force in the area.

“Gunmen opened fire on a patrol vehicle and our men had to defend themselves and we have arrested some of the suspects,” Victor Ebhaleme said by phone today. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is a sin,” says it’s fighting to establish Islamic law in the entire country.

--With assistance from Chris Kay in Abuja. Editors: Rachel Graham, Mike Harrison

To contact the reporter on this story: Gbenga Akingbule in Maiduguri at gakingbule@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dick Schumacher at dschumacher@bloomberg.net


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