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42 die as ‘Taliban’ sect, police clash in Nigeria

42 die as ‘Taliban’ sect, police clash in Nigeria
AFP
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First Published: Sun, Jul 26 2009. 07 45 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Jul 26 2009. 07 45 PM IST
Kano (Nigeria): Forty-two people were killed on Sunday in clashes between police and members of a radical sect in Nigeria that is inspired by the Taliban in Afghanistan, a hospital source said.
“We have received a total of 42 bodies,” Awwal Isa, a nurse at Bauchi Specialist Hospital in the northern city of Bauchi where the violence took place, told AFP by telephone.
They were victims of “fighting between security personnel and members of the Taliban,” he said, alluding to the sect founded in Nigeria in 2004 with a mission to set up a strict Islamic state in Nigeria.
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First Published: Sun, Jul 26 2009. 07 45 PM IST