Police: Nigeria radical Muslim sect wounds 3

December 29, 2010 13:52

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Members of a radical Muslim sect have wounded three people, police in northeastern Nigeria said Wednesday.

The Borno state police spokesman said that members of the radical Muslim sect Boko Haram had shot a retired senior police officer and two civilians in the city of Maiduguri Tuesday.The group was also blamed for two Christmas Eve attacks on churches that killed six people.

In a statement attributed to the group, Boko Haram also claimed responsibility for Christmas Eve bomb blasts in a city about 320 miles (520 kilometers) away that left at least 32 dead.

Boko Haram was thought to be vanquished in 2009 after Nigeria's military crushed its mosque and its leader died in police custody. But now, a year later, members have stepped up attacks.

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