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Boko Haram Faces Backlash in Nigeria

MIN READFeb 9, 2012 | 13:42 GMT

The Bompai police barracks in Kano, Nigeria, on Jan. 24

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Boko Haram, northern Nigeria's main Islamist militant group, recently attempted to expand westward from its core territory of Borno state. In this process, it encountered a key ethno-sectarian divide and faced a backlash from rival Muslim groups. As Boko Haram changes its focus to contain dissent, the central government will have an opportunity to weaken the group....

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