Nigeria: Government official killed at his home

AP News
Posted: Oct 23, 2010 8:43 AM
Nigeria: Government official killed at his home

A police commissioner says two gunmen who are suspected members of a feared Muslim sect have killed a local government official.

Bauchi state police commissioner Danlami Yar'Adua said that Mallam Tukur died after being shot in the body and head at his home Friday night. Yar'Adua said Saturday that no arrests have been made.

Authorities could not confirm if the gunmen were a part of the Boko Haram sect, but the murder carried the same characteristics of recent attacks blamed on the sect. In recent weeks, 13 officers have allegedly been shot dead by sect members.

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Followers of Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sacrilege" in Hausa, have emerged recently from hiding after their followers started a July 2009 riot, which led to a subsequent security crackdown that left 700 people dead.