Nigeria police kill alleged sect sponsor, 5 others

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Posted: Feb 28, 2011 8:42 AM
Nigeria police kill alleged sect sponsor, 5 others

Police say they've killed a man suspected of funding a radical Muslim sect responsible for dozens of recent killings in northern Nigeria.

The Borno State police chief told The Associated Press on Monday that authorities had killed Salifu Damaturu, who was believed to be a financier of the radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram.

Mohammed Abubakar said Damaturu and five others were fatally shot Feb. 20 after they engaged police in a gun battle.

Abubakar said the man who led police there had confessed to getting money from Damaturu to buy arms from neighboring Chad and Cameroon.

Police accuse Boko Haram of a rash of motorcycle-mounted attacks that have left dozens dead since July.