Radical sect kills prison guard in north Nigeria

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Posted: Oct 14, 2011 11:25 AM
Radical sect kills prison guard in north Nigeria

A prison official says suspected members of a radical Muslim sect shot and killed a prison guard in a northeast Nigeria city beset by assassinations carried out by the group.

Prison comptroller Usman Kaina Maina said two gunmen with the Boko Haram sect shot the guard Thursday night at his home in Maiduguri. Maina said the guard, who suffered several bullet wounds to the chest and head, died Friday morning.

The Boko Haram sect has carried out a string of assassinations and bombings in northern Nigeria in its campaign to implement strict Shariah law in Africa's most populous nation.

The sect claimed responsibility for the Aug. 26 suicide car bombing at the United Nations headquarters in the country that killed 23 people and wounded 116 others.