Radical sect suspected in Nigerian lawmaker death

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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 5:12 PM
Radical sect suspected in Nigerian lawmaker death

Suspected members of a radical Muslim sect in Nigeria shot and killed a state lawmaker Sunday, police said. It was the third killing in three days blamed on the Boko Haram group, which is known to often target political figures.

Three suspected sect members entered the Maiduguri home of Borno state Rep. Modu Bintube and shot him in the chest and head with Kalashnikovs, local police official Simeone Midenda said. No arrests have been made.

Boko Haram has carried out a string of assassinations, bombings and bank robberies in northern Nigeria in its campaign to implement strict Shariah law in Africa's most populous nation. It has claimed responsibility for the Aug. 26 suicide car bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Nigeria that killed 23 people and wounded 116.

The sect's name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language.

On Saturday night, suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot and killed the head of a local vigilante group that assists the police in Maiduguri, Midenda said. The group is also suspected in the Friday night killing of a policeman in Maiduguri.

Also Sunday, four people died after a blast rocked a police base in the town of Kwami just north of the state capital of Gombe, police said. Assistant Inspector General of Police John Moroke said one was a police officer and the three others were suspected bombers.

Gombe State police chief Arube Ghadi Abekunle said the base was evacuated because at least one bomb had not yet detonated.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said there were about 10 burning cars in the base after the blast set ablaze its armory and administrative section. The police said they did not immediately have suspects for the attack, though Boko Haram has attacked police stations in the past to seize weapons.