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Maiduguri

(mīdo͞o`gərē), town (1991 est. pop. 282,000), capital of Borno state, NE Nigeria. The city is an important industrial center engaged in food processing and aluminum, steel, asbestos, and cement production. Leather goods made from the hides of crocodiles caught in Lake Chad are a leading product of the town. Peanuts, cotton, and hides and skins produced in the area are exported. The city is a rail, road, and air transportation center serving NE Nigeria and parts of Niger and Chad. Maiduguri was founded near Yerwa in 1907 as a British military post. The city has been the scene of violence by Islamic militants. In July, 2009, some 700 died in fighting in the city between Boko Haram, an extremist sect, and government forces, and since 2010 the group has reemerged and terrorized the city, at times mounting attacks in attempts to seize control of Maiduguri.

Maiduguri

 

a city in Nigeria, administrative center of Borno State (until 1976, Northeast State). Population, 169,200 (1971). Maiduguri is a highway junction and has a railroad station. It is the trade and distribution center of an agricultural region (peanuts, pelts, skins); agricultural products are processed there. [15-636-3; updated]

Maiduguri

a city in NE Nigeria, capital of Bornu State; agricultural trade centre. Pop.: 828 000 (2005 est.)
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Nigerian authorities said the group's leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed in a shootout on Thursday by security forces as he attempted to flee his compound in Maiduguri.
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Maiduguri is the capital of Borno state and the focal point of an insurgency being waged by Boko Haram, a radical sect which wants to create an Islamic state in the north of Africa's most populous nation and top oil exporter.
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Nous sommes responsables des attaques de Maiduguri, Damaturu et Potiskum", a declare a l'AFP un homme se presentant comme un porte-parole de Boko Haram, Abu Kaka, qui s'exprime regulierement au nom du groupe.
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