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A clip from a yahoo news story.....


"The situation is under control," Yar'Adua said

But people around Maiduguri railway station area, a stronghold of the sect, said they were kept up all night by running gunbattles.

From dawn, people started streaming out, carrying bundles of belongings and cooking pots and braziers.

Sporadic bursts of gunfire erupted there Wednesday morning.

Also Wednesday morning, journalists saw several bodies of alleged militants sprawled outside the main police headquarters, where hundreds of people have sought safety. Others are camping at two military barracks.

The sect's compound has been cordoned off since Monday by police and soldiers reinforced Tuesday by elite troops under the command of Maj. Gen Saleh Maina.

On Tuesday, Maina launched a mortar attack on the sect's sprawling compound, which is believed to stretch for about four kilometers.

"The shelling of the strongholds of the religious sect, mosques and operational point must be precise and swift to prevent further loss of life and property in this state," Maina said.

Smoke billowed from the area after his forces attacked.

Authorities imposed curfews Tuesday night and security forces poured onto the streets.


Some of the countries in this region have very well trained and hungry soldiers, ready for war.

I'm stoked to watch some tribal warfare. (well not really tribal, but still cool)

But really, 140 million people? add another 20 million that are unregistered and live in the bush, plus a few more and you got 170 million. Who is the main supplier of arms to Nigeria? They using Chinese goods?

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