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Goodness Adams, a 10-month baby, who survived Monday’s bomb explosion is carried by her aunt, Grace Sabo, in an ambulance at Asokoro hospital, Abuja, to be taken to be reunited with her mother at the Wuse hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The baby, lost in the chaos of the bus station bomb blast in Nigeria’s capital is to be reunited Wednesday with her critically wounded mother, a Nigerian newspaper reported. Goodness, is being cared for at the hospital where it was presumed her mother was among the 75 dead victims of Monday’s explosion, reported The Daily Trust. But family members found the mother, Gloria Adams, in another hospital, and her aunt has arranged the reunion. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Goodness Adams, a 10-month baby, who survived Monday’s bomb explosion is carried by her aunt, Grace Sabo, in an ambulance at Asokoro hospital, Abuja, to be taken to be reunited with her mother at the Wuse hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The baby, lost in the chaos of the bus station bomb blast in Nigeria’s capital is to be reunited Wednesday with her critically wounded mother, a Nigerian newspaper reported. Goodness, is being cared for at the hospital where it was presumed her mother was among the 75 dead victims of Monday’s explosion, reported The Daily Trust. But family members found the mother, Gloria Adams, in another hospital, and her aunt has arranged the reunion. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

An unidentified paramedic checks on Goodness Adams, left, a 10-month baby, who survived Monday’s bomb explosion as she is carried by her aunt, Grace Sabo, in an ambulance at Asokoro hospital , Abuja, to be taken to be reunited with her mother at the Wuse hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The baby, lost in the chaos of the bus station bomb blast in Nigeria’s capital is to be reunited Wednesday with her critically wounded mother, a Nigerian newspaper reported. Goodness, is being cared for at the hospital where it was presumed her mother was among the 75 dead victims of Monday’s explosion, reported The Daily Trust. But family members found the mother, Gloria Adams, in another hospital, and her aunt has arranged the reunion. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Goodness Adams, a 10-month baby, victim of Monday’s bomb explosion, sits in an ambulance at Asokoro hospital to be taken to be reunited with her mother at the Wuse hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The baby, lost in the chaos of the bus station bomb blast in Nigeria’s capital is to be reunited Wednesday with her critically wounded mother, a Nigerian newspaper reported. Goodness, is being cared for at the hospital where it was presumed her mother was among the 75 dead victims of Monday’s explosion, reported The Daily Trust. But family members found the mother, Gloria Adams, in another hospital. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Goodness Adams, a 10-month baby, victim of Monday’s bomb explosion, sits in an ambulance at Asokoro hospital to be taken to be reunited with her mother at the Wuse hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The baby, lost in the chaos of the bus station bomb blast in Nigeria’s capital is to be reunited Wednesday with her critically wounded mother, a Nigerian newspaper reported. Goodness, is being cared for at the hospital where it was presumed her mother was among the 75 dead victims of Monday’s explosion, reported The Daily Trust. But family members found the mother, Gloria Adams, in another hospital. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Goodness Adams, left, a 10-month baby, who survived Monday’s bomb explosion is carried by her aunt, Grace Sabo, in an ambulance at Asokoro hospital , Abuja, to be taken to be reunited with her mother at the Wuse hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The baby, lost in the chaos of the bus station bomb blast in Nigeria’s capital is to be reunited Wednesday with her critically wounded mother, a Nigerian newspaper reported. Goodness, is being cared for at the hospital where it was presumed her mother was among the 75 dead victims of Monday’s explosion, reported The Daily Trust. But family members found the mother, Gloria Adams, in another hospital, and her aunt has arranged the reunion. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the military said all but eight of more than 100 teenage students kidnapped on Tuesday are free.

The unprecedented string of attacks, which started with a massive explosion in the capital that killed at least 75 people, has many questioning the ability of Nigeria’s military to contain the 5-year-old Islamic uprising. It has killed more than 1,500 people this year alone, compared to an estimated 3,600 between 2010 and 2013.

“Once again, the sophisticated methods of the bombers and insurgents, the audacity of their open attacks and the devastating stealth with which they operate … calls into question the strategy of the Nigerian security forces and their commitment to the fight,” The Guardian newspaper of Nigeria said in an editorial Wednesday.

“As Nigeria bleeds all over, a more heart-rending phenomenon is the politicization of the insurgency,” the independent and authoritative newspaper said. “The ruling elite seems conscienceless enough to be exploiting the crisis, in symbols and in substance.”

Just last week the emir of embattled Gwoza district had appealed to the government to “save our souls,” saying his people are being attacked daily.

By Tuesday, one of his local monarchs was dead.

“They simply walked right into the palace of the monarch and shot him in his bedroom, and on their way out they also shot his guard before fleeing,” said local politician Hyeldi Bwala.

Wednesday morning, gunmen attacked the village of Wala, in Gwoza

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