Nigeria's President Asks to Extend State of Emergency

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Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is asking legislators to extend the state of emergency in three northeastern states battling an Islamic uprising.

President Goodluck Jonathan made the request in letters presented to Nigeria's House of Representatives and the Senate in the capital, Abuja.

One of the states is Borno, the birth place of the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has killed hundreds of civilians and security forces in recent weeks.

The uprising poses the biggest threat in decades to the security of Nigeria. The country is divided between the mainly Christian south and the predominantly Muslim north.

Security forces deployed during the state of emergency have expelled extremists out of major urban areas, but are struggling to push them out of hideouts in forests and caves.

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