Abuja: Suspected militants of Nigeria's radical group Boko Haram have killed nine construction workers in the country's northern city of Maiduguri, the anti-terrorism military unit said.
The nine workers were working at the Shehu of Borno Central Mosque when they were attacked by suspected members of the sect early yesterday, Lt Col Sagir Musa, spokesman of Joint Task Force (JTF) said in a statement.
Musa said that when the JTF troops rushed to the area they saw the dead bodies, which they then deposited at the mortuary of the Borno State Specialist Hospital.
No arrest has yet been made, even as efforts to apprehend the culprits have been intensified.
The sect which detests Western education, plans to establish an Islamic caliphate independent of the Nigerian state.
It has killed hundreds of people in suicide attacks, bombings and drive-by shootings in northern Nigeria since it started insurgency in 2009.
First Published: Tuesday, July 03, 2012, 10:39