Nigerian police arrest suspected fundamentalists
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 05, 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.


First Published: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 20:47

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