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Suspected Islamist Militants Kill 20 in Nigerian Market Attack

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May 26 (Bloomberg) -- Suspected members of Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram killed at least 20 people in an attack on a market in northeastern Nigeria on May 24, a spokesman for a vigilante group said.

The assault occurred at Kamuyya, about 545 kilometers (339 miles) northeast of the capital, Abuja, Mohammed Gava said in a phone interview yesterday.

The attackers threw bombs into the market before “shooting at every possible target,” he said. “Twenty villagers were killed inside Kamuyya Market.”

Boko Haram, which Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has described as the al-Qaeda of West Africa, has killed thousands of people, mainly in the north of the country, in its five-year campaign to impose Shariah law on the continent’s biggest oil-producer. It kidnapped almost 300 girls from a school in Borno on April 14, an act that provoked global outrage and an international effort to find the girls.

Nigerian authorities have been criticized for failing to combat Boko Haram, even after repeated assertions by the military over the past year that it is beating the insurgents.

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

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net Paul Richardson, Shaji Mathew

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