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Nigerian News: Army to deploy more troops to North East

A Nigerian military spokesman says more soldiers could be stationed in the nation’s troubled northeast, a region where a feared Muslim sect has committed a series of targeted killings.

Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, the Nigerian Army’s Chief of Staff, told journalists Monday that the security forces had identified a series of “black spots” where more soldiers could hunt for members of the Boko Haram sect. However, any additional deployment depends on the Borno state governor approving it.

Followers of Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in Hausa, went into hiding after a July 2009 riot, which they began, and a subsequent security crackdown that left 700 people dead. They attacked a federal prison last month and freed 750 inmates.