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Nigerian Security Forces Kill Senior Boko Haram Leaders

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Two leaders of the radical Islamic group Boko Haram were killed in Nigeria Monday Septemper 17th in the northern city of Kano. Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for attacks against Chritians since beginning its campaign of terror in 2009 including a series of bomb attackes on Churches accross Nigeria on Christmas Day. At least 42 people were killed in that series of attacks. 

9/17/2012 Nigeria (RTTNews) - Two senior members of the radical Boko Haram Islamic sect have been killed by Nigerian security forces in a shoot-out near the northern city of Kano, media reports citing unnamed officials said Monday.

The clash which resulted in the death of the two Boko Haram leaders, including its main spokesman Abu Qaqa, and the capture of two other sect members reportedly occurred on the outskirts of Kano. The militant group is yet to comment on the military's claims.

The verification of Abu Qaqa's death would be difficult as the name is most likely a pseudonym. The other sect leader killed in the shoot-out is said to be the group's representative for the central-northern Kogi state.

Notably, the Nigerian military had claimed in March that its troops had captured Abu Qaqa, who regularly signs emails sent to the media on behalf of the group, but later turned out to be just another sect member.

Nigeria's northern regions are predominantly Muslim, with the South being dominated by Christians. The Boko Haram sect is based in the mainly Muslim north and campaigns against Western education, which it considers as anti-Islamic.

The group wants strict enforcement of Islamic laws in Nigeria after overthrowing the current government. It is estimated that more than 1,400 people have been killed in Nigeria since the terror outfit began its campaign of violence in 2009.

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Earlier this year, the sect had claimed responsibility for a series of bomb blasts that killed at least 185 people in the northern city of Kano in January. The sect had also carried out a series of bomb attacks on churches across Nigeria on Christmas Day, killing at least 42 people.

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