Radical Muslim sect claims north Nigeria attacks

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A newspaper says a radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria and has promised to launch new assaults.

The Daily Trust, the newspaper of record in Nigeria’s Muslim north, says Boko Haram spokesman Abul-Qaqa spoke to them Saturday and claimed the attacks that have killed at least 67 people in and around Damaturu and Maiduguri.

The spokesman told the newspaper: “We will continue attacking federal government formations until security forces stop their excesses on our members and vulnerable civilians.”

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege” in the local Hausa language, has waged an increasingly bloody sectarian fight against Nigeria’s weak central government.