Sect unleashes multiple attacks in NE Nigeria city

AP News
Posted: Jun 19, 2012 6:48 AM
Sect unleashes multiple attacks in NE Nigeria city

Nigerian police say suspected radical sect members launched multiple attacks in a northeastern city just days after they committed a trio of deadly church attacks in a northern state.

Yobe State police chief Patrick Egbuniwe said Tuesday that Boko Haram members started attacking police and military institutions late Monday in Damaturu. Resident Fatima Garba says at least two schools were burned.

Last November, the Islamist sect claimed responsibility for bombings and shootings that left more than 100 dead in and around Damaturu.

The sect claimed responsibility for three church attacks in Kaduna state on Sunday. On Tuesday, a relief agency official involved in rescue efforts said at least 70 people died in those attacks and in reprisal killings. The previous death toll was 50. He spoke anonymously as he said he was not authorized to speak to journalists.