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At least 82 dead in Boko Haram-style suicide bombings - international news digest

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Published 24/07/2014 | 02:30

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Workers pick items at the scene of a bombing in Kaduna. At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two suicide bombings in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna, one aimed at opposition leader and ex-president Muhammadu Buhari and another at a moderate Muslim cleric about to lead a crowd in prayer. Photo credit: REUTERS/Stringer
Workers pick items at the scene of a bombing in Kaduna. At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two suicide bombings in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna, one aimed at opposition leader and ex-president Muhammadu Buhari and another at a moderate Muslim cleric about to lead a crowd in prayer. Photo credit: REUTERS/Stringer

At least 82 people were killed yesterday in two bombings in the Nigerian city of Kaduna which targeted opposition leader and former president Muhammadu Buhari and a moderate Muslim cleric about to lead a crowd in prayer at a busy market.

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The attacks bore the hallmarks of Islamist group Boko Haram but may have been linked to politics ahead of 2015's elections.

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