Nigerian Police Arrest 100 Suspected Islamic Radicals

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria's state security service says it has arrested more than 100 alleged members of a northern-based Islamic militant group, including some key leaders.

Security officials did not name the group, but the Boko Haram group has claimed responsibility for deadly violence in six northern states, including assassinations and attacks on police stations. The attacks include last month's bombing of the headquarters of the national police in the capital, Abuja.

Boko Haram's name means “Western education is sinful” in the Hausa language. It wants to spread strict Islamic law across northern Nigeria.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has offered to hold talks with the group, but Boko Haram has so far refused.

Police in the northern city Nigerian of Maiduguri are searching for whoever was behind a series of shootings and bombings that killed 10 people Sunday.

No one has claimed responsibility, but police suspect Boko Haram.