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U.S. Says Boko Haram May Attack Nigerian City of Maiduguri

The U.S. is concerned the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram may try to attack a key city in the northeast of Africa’s biggest oil producer, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.

On Sept. 2, Boko Haram captured the northeastern town of Bama, about 72 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, a senator representing the region said. That came less than two weeks after the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, declared the town of Gwoza, also in Borno, a “caliphate under Islamic law.”