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Radical Muslim sect kills Nigerian prison official

08-10-2011 14:30 BJT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Authorities say two suspected members of a radical Muslim sect in northeastern Nigeria shot and killed a senior prison official and a school teacher.

Prison comptroller Usman Maina Kaina said Tuesday the attackers from the Boko Haram sect shot the two people in the span of an hour Monday night in the besieged city of Maiduguri, near Nigeria's border with Cameroon, Chad and Niger. No arrests have been made in the attacks.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language, is responsible for a rash of killings targeting security officers, local leaders and clerics in the area over the last year. They have also claimed responsibility for a bombing at the nation's police headquarters that killed two in June.

 

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: China Daily

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