Police: Radical sect kills 3 in northeast Nigeria

AP News
Posted: Oct 03, 2011 12:30 PM
Police: Radical sect kills 3 in northeast Nigeria

Police in northeast Nigeria say suspected members of a radical sect have killed three people over the last few days.

Borno state police chief Simeone Midenda said two gunmen shot dead a tea seller and a bystander near a roadside tea shop Monday morning in Maiduguri, the city where the sect once had their main mosque.

Midenda said two gunmen also killed a pharmacist at his drug store in a Sunday night attack in the same neighborhood. He said the assailants did not steal any money.

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.

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