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Nigerian Military Kills Five Suspected Islamists in Attack

September 01, 2012

Nigeria’s military said it killed five suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram militant group yesterday after they attacked a military patrol vehicle in Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern Borno state.

“A fuel-propelled improvised explosive device was used by the terrorists during the attack, which resulted in fires that burnt some houses in the area,” Sagir Musa, a spokesman for the military joint task force in the state, said today in an e- mailed statement. “Two soldiers and a teenager sustained injury in the encounter.”

Authorities in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with more than 160 million people, blame Boko Haram, which means “Western education is a sin” in the local Hausa language, for a surge in attacks in the mainly Muslim north and the capital, Abuja, in which hundreds of people have died this year.

The Islamic sect has carried out a series of bombings and attacks since 2009 in what it says is a campaign to establish an Islamic state in the country.

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

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


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