Nigeria arrests Islamist sect suspects after attack

By REUTERS
January 5, 2012 19:53

 
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MAIDUGURI - Two suspected Nigerian Islamist sect members were arrested on Thursday after an attack which killed two people, the military said, as authorities stepped up a crackdown on the increasingly violent group Boko Haram.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeast and two other regions in Nigeria on December 31, in an effort to contain the growing insurgency from Boko Haram, which wants sharia law more widely applied.

"We have arrested two of the Boko Haram members who killed a man and his son in Dala on Wednesday night. They left behind their handsets through which we were able to trace them," said Colonel Victor Ebhemele, operations officer of the joint task force operating in Borno state.

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