Islamist Sect Kills 5 People in Northeast Nigeria

Associated Press/January 31, 2012

Maiduguri, Nigeria -- Police say suspected Islamic insurgents have killed five people in attacks on security targets in Nigeria's restive northeast.

The Borno state police spokesman said Tuesday that Boko Haram gunmen attacked an air force barracks, a police station and an army checkpoint Monday, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) north of the sect's stronghold in the city of Maiduguri.

Samuel Tizhe said the dead include a soldier, two policemen and two civilians.

An army official said a soldier was shot in the arm during the checkpoint attack.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that left at least 185 dead in northern Nigeria's largest city, Kano, earlier this month.

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