Muslim sect raids police armory in NE Nigeria

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Posted: Jul 07, 2011 9:31 AM
Muslim sect raids police armory in NE Nigeria

Police say members of a feared Muslim sect have raided a police armory in Nigeria's restive northeast.

Bauchi State police spokesman Mohammad Barau said Thursday police are taking stock a day after gunmen attacked the police station that houses the armory. There were no casualties.

Police are supposed to take daily arms inventories, but weapons often go missing.

Barau blames a sect locally known as Boko Haram. The group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in northern Nigeria and threatened last month _ in unverified statements _ to escalate violence.

The sect seeks the strict implementation of Shariah law in northern Nigeria and the prosecution of top officials blamed for the 2009 death of its leader.