A radical Muslim sect operating in the northeast has shot dead another prominent cleric from the region, the latest in a string of targeted assassinations terrifying the area.
Police say 65-year-old Liman Bana died Friday night after being shot while walking home from conducting prayers at the main mosque in Ngala, Maiduguri.
Borno state police spokesman, Abubakar Kabiru, said Saturday the gunmen rode away on a motorcycle and sped across the border after the attack.
Kabiru blamed the attack on a group known locally as Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in the local Hausa language. The group is responsible for a rash of killings in the area over the last year.