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Nigerian Gunmen Kill a Former Deputy Prisons Controller

March 27, 2012

Gunmen in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno killed two people yesterday, including a former deputy controller of prisons in the state capital, Maiduguri, police said.

Abdullahi Bello was shot in front of his house with a friend, a spokesman for the police in Maiduguri, Samuel Tizhe, said today by phone.

Maiduguri has been the center of a violent campaign by the Islamist Boko Haram to impose Sharian law in Africa’s top oil producer.

The government blames Boko Haram, which draws inspiration from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, for a surge of violence in the mainly Muslim north and in Abuja, the capital, since 2009.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin,” claimed responsibility for multiple blasts and attacks in the city of Kano on Jan. 20 that killed at least 256 people, according to the Civil Rights Congress.

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