ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – Authorities say security forces in Nigeria have raided a suspected bomb factory for a radical Islamist sect south of the nation’s capital.
Maj. Gen. Alphonsus Chukwu told journalists that Saturday’s raid killed a soldier and a member of the State Security Service, Nigeria’s secret police. Chukwu said Saturday that nine suspected members of the radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram also were killed in the attack on a home in Okene in Nigeria’s Kogi state.
Kogi state recently saw a prison break engineered by the sect.
Boko Haram is waging an increasingly bloody fight against Nigeria’s weak central government. Violence blamed on the sect has killed more than 370 people this year alone, according to an Associated Press count.
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