Police: Radical Sect Kills 3 In Northeast Nigeria

By Salon Staff

Published January 8, 2012 3:18PM (EST)

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Police say gunmen who are suspected members of a radical Muslim sect have killed three people on an attack on a tea shop in northeast Nigeria.

Meanwhile, gunfire could be heard Sunday in a market in Maiduguri, the spiritual home of the sect known locally as Boko Haram.

The tea shop attack occurred Saturday night in Biu in Borno state. Local police spokesman Simeon Midenda confirmed the attack. Midenda could not be immediately reached regarding Sunday's attack in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

At least 49 people have been killed in recent days by Boko Haram, which is carrying out an increasingly bloody sectarian assault against Nigeria's weak central government.

Salon Staff

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