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Nigeria imposes 24-hour curfew in restive northern city

A screengrab taken on March 5, 2013 from a video distributed to Nigerian journalists in the country's north in recent days through intermediaries and obtained by AFP reportedly shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, flanked by two armed and hooded fighters in an undisclosed place. "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM"

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Nigeria's military on Saturday imposed a round-the-clock curfew in parts of the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the home base of Boko Haram Islamists, as a massive offensive against the insurgents presses on across the region.

"In order to sustain special operations in the face of recent Boko Haram attacks, (a) 24-hour curfew is hereby imposed in the following wards" of Maiduguri, a military statement said, listing 12 neighbourhoods considered Boko Haram strongholds.

 

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