Spokesman: Nigeria army kills 8 insurgents, stops 3 bombs

By REUTERS
February 20, 2012 18:05

 
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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigeria's military killed eight Islamist insurgents who attacked a market in the volatile northeastern city of Maiduguri on Monday, and deactivated three bombs in controlled explosions, the spokesman for the joint military taskforce (JTF) there said.

The Maiduguri-based sect Boko Haram is waging an increasingly violent insurgency against the Nigerian government, striking beyond its northeastern heartland to hit targets across the north and in the capital, Abuja.

"The JTF has killed eight BH (Boko Haram) members this afternoon who attacked and wounded three civilians at the Baga Road market," Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Mohammed told Reuters by telephone. "The sect members were engaged ... in a shootout."

The sect, which wants sharia law more widely applied across Africa's most populous nation, has become increasingly sophisticated and deadly in its methods in the last six months, often setting off multiple bombs in succession or following them up with shooting sprees.

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