Monday, January 05, 2004

Nigerian insurrection

An "insurrection" by Islamic fanatics has been halted in Nigeria. The "militants" wanted to set up a Taliban-style government.

An insurrection by Islamic militants in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Yobe has been ended by the police and army, say local officials.

State Governor Bukar Ibrahim said many "Taleban-oriented radicals" seeking an Islamic state had been killed.

Reports suggest that at least one police officer also died.

The uprising began early last week when militants attacked police stations in a number of towns, burned buildings and stole large quantities of weapons.

At one state building they occupied, the militants pulled down the Nigerian flag and raised that of Aghanistan.

The violence reportedly ended at the weekend after hundreds of Nigerian soldiers were sent to Yobe state, which borders Niger.


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