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Suspected Islamic extremists kill 4 in Nigeria

Wednesday - 4/10/2013, 10:50am  ET

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Officials say suspected Islamic extremists shot and killed four people involved in education programs in northeast Nigeria, including a man in charge of a program to feed poor students.

The killings happened Monday on the outskirts of Bama in Borno state, a region long under attack by a radical Islamic extremist network known as Boko Haram. Authorities say the four were killed as they tried to flee the gunmen.

A military spokesman confirmed Tuesday the incident took place, while other state officials said they would attend a burial for the dead planned for Tuesday.

Boko Haram and other Islamic extremists have been waging a guerrilla campaign of shootings and bombings across northern Nigeria. The violence has killed at least 169 people this year alone, according to an Associated Press count.


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