Nigeria: Arms found during house-to-house search

Police in northern Nigeria say they've found arms in the house of a man believed to be a member of a radical Muslim sect.

Bauchi state police chief, Mohammed Abdulkadir Indabawa, said Friday that the police found a Kalashnikov rifle, two explosives, and a sword in the house of a suspected member of the radical Muslim suspect known as Boko Haram. The suspect fled, but Indabawa said police are intensifying their search for suspected sect members.

Police accuse Boko Haram members of a rash of recent targeted killings in northern Nigeria. Indabawa said as part of the police crackdown, they are also imposing a curfew.

Boko Haram means "Western education is sacrilege" in the Hausa language. Its members re-emerged recently after starting a July 2009 riot which led to a security crackdown that left 700 people dead.