Nigeria sect head dies in custody

Nigeria sect head dies in custody

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Mohammed Yusuf wanted to impose a strict version of Islamic law

The leader of an Islamic sect blamed for days of deadly violence in Nigeria has been killed in police custody, police officials have said.

Officials said Mohammed Yusuf was shot while trying to escape. They had announced his capture hours earlier.

Mr Yusuf led Boko Haram, which wants to overthrow the government and impose a strict version of Islamic law.

Hundreds of people have died in five days of clashes between his followers and security forces.

Mr Yusuf was held and later shot in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

A BBC reporter in the city was among journalists shown two films, one apparently showing Mr Yusuf making a confession; the other showing what appeared to be his body, riddled with bullets.

Militants led by Mr Yusuf have been blamed...
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