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Fighting between Boko Haram Islamists and Nigerian security rages on

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Violence continues to rage across the northern half of Nigeria today, leaving scores dead as members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram clash with the Nigerian military.

Boko Haram – whose name translates to “western education is a sin” – has become increasingly brazen in its attacks against Nigerian security forces since the group bombed a UN building in Abuja in late August, claiming 23 lives. In response, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sent the Nigerian Army and Air Force to the country’s north, where they have been clashing with Boko Haram following a failed cease-fire.

Over the past week, Boko Haram has stepped up its campaign against the government as well as the people, threatening to send areas of northern Nigeria into a state of war.

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