Officials: Nigeria sect clashes kill at least 68

December 24, 2011 16:44

KANO, Nigeria - Gun battles between Nigerian security forces and an Islamist sect killed at least 68 people in two days of fighting in northern Nigeria, authorities and hospital sources said on Saturday.

Militant group Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic sharia law across the country, has been blamed for scores of shootings and bombings in the north, including a spate of attacks in the past few weeks.

Nigeria's army killed more than 50 members of the sect during fighting on Thursday and Friday in the northeastern city of Damaturu, the force's chief of staff Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika said in comments published in local media.

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