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2 killed, primary school bombed in northern Nigeria

Channels Television  
Updated March 23, 2012

Authorities say suspected members of a radical Islamist sect have shot and killed an Islamic cleric and another man, while also planting a bomb at a local primary school in northeast Nigeria.

The military said the bomb detonated early Friday morning before pupils arrived at the school in Maiduguri, the spiritual home of the sect known as Boko Haram. No one was wounded in the blast.

Borno state police spokesman Samuel Tizhie said the cleric and a shoe cobbler died in the city in a Thursday night shooting blamed on the sect.

Boko Haram has been targeting government institutions, police and military formations in the country but lately turned their attention to conventional schools, an institution it condemns and terms a sacrilege.