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Nigeria arrests dozens of Boko Haram suspects in Kano

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Published: 24th Jan 2012 19:49:18

Nigerian forces have arrested 158 suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram organisation in dawn raids in the northern city of Kano.

Boko Haram said it carried out a series of bombings in Kano on Friday in which at least 185 people died.

The group says it wants to overthrow the Nigerian government and impose Islamic law.

There were two casualties from the raids, carried out by the Nigerian Joint Military Task Force.

One resident of Kano said that a large number of security officers encircled a house where a Boko Haram suspect was believed to be hiding.

"They began shooting, and he fired back... This was followed by a barrage of gunfire by the security men," Mohammed Maikubi Bala told AFP news agency.

A man and his wife were killed in the raid, the agency quoted residents as saying.

Attacks by Boko Haram killed at least 500 people last year, according to campaign groups Amnesty and Human Rights Watch.

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