Police: Sect kills healer in restive N. Nigeria

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Posted: Mar 18, 2011 1:07 PM

Nigerian police say members of a radical Muslim sect shot dead a local healer who sold them an ineffective remedy in the country's troubled northeast.

The Borno State police chief said Friday that four men on a motorbike shot Mallam Dahiru at his shrine in the city of Maiduguri on Thursday evening.

Mohammed Abubakar said Dahiru died from gunshot wounds to the head and stomach.

He says Dahiru sold a brew to members a radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram, claiming it would make them invincible. He says they took revenge when they found they had been deceived.

The police blame the group for a rash of motorcycle-mounted attacks which have left more than a dozen police officers and soldiers dead since July.