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Nigeria's secret police said on Sunday that 21 detainees died during an attempted escape from custody at its headquarters, with unconfirmed reports that Boko Haram militants were involved.Marilyn Ogar, spokeswoman for the Department of State Services (DSS) -- Nigeria's domestic intelligence agency -- said only that detainees had died during the attempt.The attempted break-out, especially if Boko Haram suspects were involved, will do little to instil confidence in the government's security operations.Nigeria's military was brought in to secure the area surrounding the headquarters, which is known locally as Yellow House, and conduct searches.A number of Nigerian newspaper websites and users of social media claimed that the detainees were Boko Haram suspects but did not quote sources.The DSS had on March 3 paraded seven suspected Boko Haram members arrested on suspicion of killing a prominent Muslim cleric who had criticised the group before the media at their headquarters.
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