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The deadliest toll in the uprising came March 14 when Boko Haram attacked the main military barracks in the northeast, Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, and freed hundreds of detainees. Amnesty International said more than 600 people were killed, most of them unarmed detainees gunned down by soldiers.
Last week, Boko Haram suspects detained at the State Security Service headquarters in Abuja, next door to the presidential villa, staged a failed jailbreak in which it is suspected that they had outside help. The agency said 21 detainees were killed and two agents wounded in a shootout that lasted more than two hours.
In a warning emailed to U.S. citizens after Monday’s blast, the U.S. State Department urged avoiding locations where large crowds gather such as churches, mosques and markets, as well as hotels and malls frequented by foreigners.
Faul reported from Lagos, Nigeria. Associated Press writers Matthew Lee in Washington and Greg Keller in Paris contributed to this report.
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