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Witnesses: Boko Haram militants seizing villages in northeastern Nigeria

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Boko Haram militants are taking over villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing and terrorizing civilians and political leaders, witnesses say, as the Islamic fighters make a comeback from a year-long military offensive aimed at crushing them.

Nigeria’s military has insisted that the big influx of troops and a year-old state of emergency in three states that gives them the power to detain suspects, take over buildings and lock down any area has the extremists on the run. But…

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