MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Wiping grease onto his T-shirt outside his bicycle
repair shack, Baba Gana points to a bomb blast site across the street
and explains why this northeastern Nigerian town has sympathy for
radical Islamists who terrorize its inhabitants.
Nervous soldiers crouch behind sandbag bunkers and man dozens of
checkpoints along the streets of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state,
which sits at the base of the rocky Sahel where Africa’s most populous
nation borders Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
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