11 sect members killed in shootout in Nigeria
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Last Updated: Monday, July 11, 2011, 12:52
Abuja: Eleven members of a radical Islamist sect have been killed in a shootout with security forces in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, Nigeria's military said.

The shootout on Saturday night followed an attack on soldiers by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

"Three soldiers were injured when suspected members of the sect threw an improvised bomb and shot at a patrol team," Colonel Victor Ebhaleme, spokesman of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF), said.

The JTF is aware that some members of the general public have prior information on attacks on security agencies and willingly allow their premises to be used for such acts without reporting to the security agencies, Ebhaleme said in a statement yesterday.

"The attack was successfully repelled...and 11 members of the sect were killed," he added.

Yesterday, at least three people were killed and several others injured in a bomb blast at a church in Suleja near Nigeria's capital Abuja.


First Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 12:52

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