Police: Radical sect kills 2 in northeast Nigeria

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2011 11:04 AM
Police: Radical sect kills 2 in northeast Nigeria

Police in northeast Nigeria say suspected members of a radical Muslim sect have killed a lawyer and an employee of the state emergency management agency.

Borno state police commissioner Simeone Midenda said Thursday that the attacks happened Wednesday night in Maiduguri, the city where the sect once had their main mosque.

Midenda said four gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifles killed the two men at their homes. No arrests have been made.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language, has carried out increasingly violent sectarian attacks over the last year.

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They claimed responsibility for the Aug. 26 car bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria that killed 23 people and wounded 116 others.