Army: Sect kills 2 soldiers in northeast Nigeria

An army general says suspected members of a radical Muslim sect shot two soldiers to death and injured another manning a checkpoint in northeast Nigeria.

Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Ndaliman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the shooting happened Sunday morning in the rural village of Biu, 118 miles (190 kilometers) south of the city of Maiduguri. Ndaliman said two members of the Boko Haram sect opened fire on the soldiers from a motorcycle.

Later that night, Ndaliman said the soldier died after leaving his post protecting a Christian church in Maiduguri.

Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language, has attacked churches and engineered a massive prison break in recent months.