Three bomb blasts, gunfire rock northeast Nigeria

November 4, 2011 17:33


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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Three bomb blasts and gunfire shook the Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Friday, where an Islamist sect is engaged in a campaign of violence against local authorities, witnesses and military sources said.

One blast was at the El-Kanemi College of Islamic Theology around the time of Friday prayers.

A local security source said it was not yet clear if there were any casualties.

Nigeria's northeast has suffered almost daily shootings and frequent bombings in the past months, attacks blamed on militant Islamist sect Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden", usually targeting public and religious figures.

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