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Nigeria Says It Has Put Down Islamic Sect

Nigeria declared Saturday it had put down an armed uprising by an Islamic movement seeking to create a Muslim state in Africa’s most populous nation, after running battles that killed at least eight people. Two police officers and at least six of the militants died in five days of clashes in three towns in predominantly Islamic Yobe state, including the capital, Damaturu, said Ibrahim Jirigi, a state government spokesman. Details of the fighting in the remote northeastern region had been difficult to obtain. The uprising, by a largely university-based Nigerian student group preaching Islamic revolution, stood as one of the most concerted offensives in three years of Christian-Muslim violence since Yobe and 11 other northern states began instituting Islamic law, or Shariah. Full Story

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