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3 die in attack on Nigerian customs office

Associated Press / June 28, 2011

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Suspected members of a radical Muslim sect attacked a customs office yesterday in northeast Nigeria, killing at least three people in a brazen daylight assault highlighting the continuing insecurity of the oil-rich nation.

Authorities quickly blamed a group known locally as Boko Haram, which was also blamed for an attack Sunday night that left at least 25 people dead at beer parlors in Nigeria’s Muslim north. The group wants strict Sharia law implemented across the region.

Yesterday’s attack hit the customs office as officials inside held a meeting, said Major General Jack Okechukwu Nwaogbo, commander of a task force targeting Boko Haram. The assault included bomb blasts and gunfire and killed three people outside the building, he said. At least two customs officials were wounded.

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