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Nigeria Journalists Targeted By Radical Sect

AP  |  Posted: 04/28/2012 10:39 am Updated: 04/28/2012 10:50 am

ISHERI, Nigeria (AP) — A radical Islamist sect in Nigeria is threatening the nation's journalists, many of whom already face threats and bribes.

The sect known as Boko Haram claimed a suicide car bombing Thursday at the offices of the influential newspaper ThisDay in Nigeria's capital Abuja and an attack on an office the publication shared with others in the city of Kaduna. Those attacks killed at least seven people.

The sect later issued a statement via an Internet publication saying it would "hit the media hard." That's a major threat by a group known to have killed at least two journalists already in its ongoing sectarian battle with Nigeria's weak central government.

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Filed by Rebecca Shapiro  |