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Nigeria shuts sports bars in effort to stop World Cup attacks

YOLA: Soldiers in a Nigerian state at the heart of an Islamist revolt have shut down all venues preparing to screen live World Cup matches, hoping to stave off the kind of attacks that have killed more than 20 people in the past two weeks. Nigeria has seen an increasingly bold series of attacks over the past five years by the Islamist militants called Boko Haram, including the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in April. Since then, militants have set off a car bomb that killed 18 people watching a game on television…