Suspected Islamist Militants Kill 85 in Nigeria

Suspected Islamist militants have killed at least 85 people in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses and officials said on Sunday. At least 46 people were killed in twin bombings in the city of Maiduguri on Saturday evening and another 39 were shot dead by dozens of gunmen in a farming village 30 miles away. The attacks will put more pressur on President Goodluck Jonathan's year-long military campaign to end the Islamist sect Boko Haram's four-and-a-half-year-old insurgency. The army had some success in confining it to remote rural areas in recent months, but Saturday's blasts in a densely populated market area in Maiduguri will be seen as a setback.

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