Nigeria army outpost attacked in northeast, 2 dead

Published January 18, 2012

| Associated Press

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Nigeria's military says gunmen from a radical Islamist sect attacked an army outpost in the country's northeast, killing two people.

The attack Wednesday morning occurred near Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and the spiritual home for the sect known as Boko Haram. A witness said a soldier and a hospital worker died in the attack.

Col. Victor Ebhaleme confirmed the attack, but declined to give further details.

These are just the latest killings blamed on the sect, which this year alone have been blamed for at least 76 deaths, according to an Associated Press count.

The sect has been waging an increasingly bloody sectarian battle against Nigeria's weak central government.

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