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January 28, 2012 3:00 am

Islamists Continue Killings in Nigeria, Close to 200 Dead in Last Week

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Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck. Photo: wiki commons.

CNN – Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck has suddenly shifted his attitude toward the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, as violence spreads across northern Nigeria.

A week ago, Jonathan warned the group had infiltrated the government and security forces and vowed (again) to stamp it out. But in an interview with Reuters news agency Thursday he said that if Boko Haram identified itself and stated clear demands the government was ready for dialogue. He also acknowledged that military action alone would not stop Boko Haram; and northern Nigeria needed economic development.

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