Islamist Violence in northeast Nigeria sparks fears

“Suspected members of a hardline Muslim sect have killed three people in a van blast near a military checkpoint in northeast Nigeria, an official said.

An explosive went off under the van late on Monday as its driver slowed down at a military and police checkpoint in the city of Maiduguri, Major General Jack Nwachukwu Nwaogbo, the commander of the Joint Military Taskforce, said on Tuesday.

Authorities blamed the attack, which killed the driver and two passengers, on Boko Haram, which seeks a wider application of Islamic law across Africa’s most populous nation.

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