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Killing and Preaching, Nigerian Militants Carve Out 'Caliphate'

First comes the killing, then the preaching. Islamist Boko Haram militants carrying automatic rifles and machetes roar into northeast Nigerian towns or hamlets in columns of pickup trucks and motorbikes and fire at all adult men they see. They often finish them off with knives. When they have hoisted their black flag inscribed with Koranic verses over government offices or the local emir's palace, they tell the surviving women they will marry them and “live in peace,” according to...

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