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Islamist sect kills seven in latest Nigeria attack

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 30 Dec 2010 14:09 GMT
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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A radical Islamist sect attacked a police vehicle in northeastern Nigeria, killing seven people, the latest in a string of attacks by the group in the last week, the military said on Thursday.

A military spokesman said the vehicle was "burnt to ashes" in an attack by the Boko Haram group at a bus station in the Dala area of Maiduguri, one of two cities where churches were bombed on Christmas Eve. Eight people were wounded.

Boko Haram, which wants strict Islamic law imposed throughout Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the Christmas Eve bombings of churches in Maiduguri and Jos, and has been blamed for other attacks over the past week.

(Reporting by Ibrahim Mshelizza; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Peter Graff)

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