Nigerian police arrest suspected fundamentalists

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 20:47

Abuja: Nigeria`s secret police have arrested
100 suspected members of Islamic fundamentalist sect Boko
Haram which has claimed responsibility for several killings
and bombings in the northern part of the nation and the
capital city.

The suspected members were arrested in six states in
north-east and north-west of the country - Borno, Bauchi,
Kaduna, Kano, Yobe and Adamawa, State Security Service
spokesperson Maryin Ogar said.

"President Jonathan had decided to use carrot and stick
approach on suspects of Boko Haram, the service would not go
contrary to such strategy and that is why the arrested
suspects of the fundamental Islamic sect would not be
prosecuted," Ogar said.

Bomb blasts and shootings have become almost a daily
occurrence in the oil-rich African nation that concluded its
general election in April followed by an inauguration on May
29.

On Sunday, a blast at a bar near a police barrack in
northern town of Maiduguri killed five persons and left 10
others injured.

The same day suspected sect members killed a local
government chairman Mustapha Baale in his house at old Borno.

On Saturday, the assailants killed two brothers and
another person in Maiduguri during a house to house search for
Christians.

Boko Haram sect believes that western education is a sin
and wants to bring Islamic Sharia rule in the country of 150
million people whose population is shared equally among
Muslims and Christians.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 20:47

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