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42 dead in Nigeria attacks targeting ex-dictator, cleric

Military officers walk past the remains of a car after an explosion on July 23, 2014 in Kaduna, NigeriaTwo bombings in a key Nigerian city targeting a prominent cleric and a former head-of-state killed at least 42 people on Wednesday, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists. Officials ordered everyone off the streets and imposed an around-the-clock curfew to restore order in the targeted city of Kaduna, as rescue workers raced to care for the dozens of wounded. Police said the first attack was carried out by a suicide bomber on the convoy of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, a cleric who has fiercely criticised Boko Haram’s deadly five-year uprising. The blast which went off at about 12:30 pm (1130 GMT) killed at least 25 people, but Bauchi escaped unhurt, Kaduna state police chief Umar Shehu said.

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