MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities say a clash between soldiers and youths in northeastern Nigeria over the arrest of suspected members of a radical Muslim sect has killed one person and wounded two.
Army Lt. Olumide Olukoya says fighting started Tuesday in Biu city in Borno state. He says a woman died from gunshot wounds in the clash after authorities arrested clerics and suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.
He says about 150 rioting youths later torched a government building and a Catholic church.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege” in the local Hausa language, is responsible for a rash of killings targeting security officers, local leaders and clerics in the area over the last year. They also claimed responsibility for a bombing at national police headquarters that killed two in June.