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Suspected Islamists Among Four Killed in Nigeria, Army Says

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March 22 (Bloomberg) -- At least four people, including two suspected Islamist militants, were killed in separate incidents in northeastern Nigeria over the past two days, the military said.

Suspected Boko Haram members shot dead two people yesterday in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, Hassan Mohammed, a spokesman for the military task force in charge of security in the region, said by phone from Maiduguri. The military killed two suspected Boko Haram members after they opened fire on a patrol vehicle on March 20, he said.

“There was no casualty on the side of the Joint Task Force,” Mohammed said.

Authorities in Africa’s top oil producer blame Boko Haram, which draws inspiration from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, for a surge of violence in the mainly Muslim north and Abuja, the capital, in which more than 1,000 people have died since 2009.

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

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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