13 killed in attacks in northeast Nigeria

January 7, 2012 - 6:36 AM

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Police say violence in two states in northeast Nigeria has killed 13 people amid a wave of attacks by a radical Muslim sect.

Police said Saturday the attacks occurred in Adamawa and Yobe states on Friday night.

In Adamawa, officials say gunmen suspected to belong to a radical sect known as Boko Haram killed eight worshippers at a church. In Yobe, a gun battle between the sect and police killed at least two people.

The attacks come after 20 Christians died during a town hall meeting in rural Adamawa state.

Authorities blamed the attacks on Boko Haram, a radical sect that wants to implement strict Shariah law across Nigeria, a multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people.