Police in northern Nigeria say they've arrested 152 suspected members of a radical Muslim sect that has been accused of a rash of targeted killings.

Borno state police chief Mohammed Abubakar said police continued to search house-to-house for suspects Monday in the city of Maiduguri.

He said police suspect the sect of killing 25 people in recent months. He said the victims include politicians, religious leaders and police officers.

Boko Haram means "Western education is sacrilege" in the Hausa language. The group's members have emerged recently from hiding after starting a July 2009 riot, which led to a security crackdown that left 700 people dead.