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Car Bomb Explodes in Nigerian Northeast City of Maiduguri

Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Suspected Nigerian Islamist militants detonated a car bomb in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, leaving an unknown number of dead and seriously injured, military spokesman Colonel Muhammad Dole said.

The authorities couldn’t immediately provide details on casualties, who were taken to the hospital, Dole said by phone from the Borno state capital today. One suspect was arrested, he said. At least 10 people died, Kabiru Ibrahim, whose phone-repair shop was close the blast, said by phone.

The bomb was detonated by suspected members of the Boko Haram group, Dole said. The movement, whose name means “Western education is a sin” in the Hausa language, has carried out a violent campaign since 2009 to impose Islamic law in Africa’s top oil producer.

In May, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where the group is most active.

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

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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