Military: Nigeria sect kills on-duty soldier

AP News
Posted: Nov 03, 2011 12:01 PM
Military: Nigeria sect kills on-duty soldier

A military spokesman says a radical Muslim sect in Nigeria's northeast has shot and killed an on-duty soldier charged with guarding a market.

Lt. Col. Hassan Mohammed said Thursday that the soldier was fatally shot after he walked away from his post late Wednesday night to talk to civilians nearby.

Mohammed said a suspected member of the Boko Haram sect pulled a Kalashnikov rifle from his robes and opened fire, hitting the soldier in his chest and head.

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No arrest had been made in the killing Thursday.

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a string of assassinations and bombings in northern Nigeria in its campaign to implement strict Shariah law in Africa's most populous nation.