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Nigerian Forces Shoot Dead Three Suspected Islamist Militants

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April 24 (Bloomberg) -- Three suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram sect were shot dead by Nigerian military forces in the northeastern town of Maiduguri, a military official said.

The militants were killed in a shootout as they were fleeing the scene of robbery, Colonel Victor Ebhaleme, the field operations officer of the joint task force in Borno state, said in a phone interview yesterday.

“With the way we are cracking down on the Boko Haram terrorists, we strongly believe that their end is in sight,” he said. “Some of them have now resort to armed robbery and other forms of criminality, but we will surely fish them out.”

Authorities in Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, blame Boko Haram for a surge of attacks since 2009 against government buildings and security forces in the mainly Muslim north and Abuja, the capital. The group claimed responsibility for multiple blasts and attacks in the city of Kano on Jan. 20 that killed at least 256 people.

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

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

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