Police say two soldiers and a child are dead after members of a radical Muslim sect ambushed them in a city in northeast Nigeria.
Local police commissioner Simeon Midenda said Saturday that the attack happened Friday night in Maiduguri, the spiritual home for the sect known as Boko Haram. Witnesses said the sect members shot at a military patrol in the city, and one of the stray rounds killed a 9-year-old.
No one has been arrested over the killings.
Boko Haram is also being blamed for bombings and gunfights Nov. 4 that left more than 100 people dead in Damaturu, a town 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Maiduguri.
The group has been carrying out a campaign of attacks for more than a year. Boko Haram wants the strict implementation of Islamic Shariah law across the country's north.