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The United States deployed 80 military personnel to Chad on Wednesday to help find 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, as Nigeria probed its deadliest attack ever, two car bombings in the city of Jos, with the militant group the main suspect.

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You may have heard about the city of Jos, the capital of Plateau state in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, and wondered why it is a flashpoint of unspeakable violence On Jan 17, mobs killed about 400 residents of Jos The second round of attacks, on March 7, was even more vicious.

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Now, what was the interest of the Saudi authorities in keeping Yar’Adua, the president of a sovereign nation, incommunicado and out of his people’s reach for three months? And if the Saudi authorities had nothing to do with the president being out of reach, who kept him away from his officials and his people?Who kept Nigeria's President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, the leader of a sovereign nation, incommunicado and out of his people's reach for three months?

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On Sunday, hundreds of people were killed in three Nigerian villages near the city of Jos in a retaliatory massacre that might have been thwarted, according to a local governor, had the military paid attention to warning signs before it began and distress signals once it was under way.

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