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Nigerian Sect Leader Killed in Police Custody

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Posted on Jul 30, 2009
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According to Nigerian officials, Boko Haram leader Mohammed Yusuf was shot dead hours after his capture on Thursday—one of hundreds killed over five days of fighting between members of the Islamic group and local police forces.

BBC:

A BBC reporter in the city was among journalists shown two films, one apparently showing Mr Yusuf making a confession; the other showing what appeared to be his body, riddled with bullets.

“Mohammed Yusuf was killed by security forces in a shootout while trying to escape,” the regional police assistant inspector-general, Moses Anegbode, told Nigerian television.

A spokesman for the state governor was also quoted as saying that Mr Yusuf had been trying to escape.

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Rebels Yell!'s avatar

By Rebels Yell!, August 3, 2009 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

Yusuf’s death is an extremely worrying development and could spark further bloody violence on the streets of Nigeria.Furthermore, in the aftermath of the turmoil, there has been widespread condemnation by Nigerian Human Rights organisations regarding the level of force deployed by Nigerian troops.
Only time will tell if the Nigerian governments actions will pay dividends…....

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