Nigerian youth leader killed in troubled northeast

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Posted: Mar 27, 2011 11:57 AM
Nigerian youth leader killed in troubled northeast

Police say that four suspected members of a radical Muslim sect shot and killed a political party leader in Nigeria's troubled northeast.

Borno state police commissioner, Mohammed Abubakar, said Sunday that a youth leader for the All Nigeria People's Party, was shot in the head and chest by men on motorcyles using two Kalashnikov rifles as he was returning from a campaign rally in Gwange.

Police blame a radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram for the attack, the latest in a rash of targeted killings that have left dozens dead since July.

Boko Haram was thought to be broken up in July 2009 after its leader was arrested and died in police custody.

The group whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language has previously attacked churches and engineered a massive prison break.