In this image taken with a mobile phone a Nigeria soldier walks past a burnout house and motorbikes following an attack by suspected Islamic extremists in Kawuri, Maiduguri, Nigeria, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)
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A Muslim cleric who had previously criticised Boko Haram has been shot dead with his wife and child in northern Nigeria, locals and his family said on Sunday.Unknown gunmen opened fire on Adam Albani's car at about 10:30 pm (2130 GMT) on Saturday in the city of Zaria, as he drove home from teaching a theology class. Zaria, which is predominantly Muslim, developed as a city in the 15th century and is one of the oldest in northern Nigeria, priding itself on a reputation as a centre for Islamic and Western scholarship.Thousands of people have been killed since 2009 in attacks blamed on Boko Haram, which want to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.
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