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Nigeria Military Says Four Killed in Maiduguri Attacks

May 06, 2012

May 6 (Bloomberg)-- People believed to be members of a militant Nigerian Islamic sect yesterday killed four people and wounded 10, including two soldiers, in two attacks in Maiduguri, capital of the northeastern state of Borno, a military official said.

A trader was shot dead in the town’s Gamboru Market, while four women and two girls were injured in a bomb blast near the market yesterday, Lieutenant-Colonel Sagir Musa, spokesman for the Joint Task Force in Borno, said by phone today from Maiduguri.

In another attack, three were killed and four, including two soldiers, were wounded at a wedding ceremony in the town, Musa said.

Nigerian authorities blame Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group, for a spate of violence since last year targeting government buildings and security forces. The group claimed responsibility for blasts that struck eight government buildings in Kano on Jan. 20, killing at least 165.

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, is split between a mainly Muslim north and 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gbenga Akinbgule in Maiduguri, Nigeria via Abuja at 3294 Or dmbachu@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dulue Mbachu at dmbachu@bloomberg.net.


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