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2 Soldiers, 6 Others Die in Fresh Bauchi Violence of Nigeria

Published on Tuesday 29th December 2009

At least eight people were killed in Bauchi today as another Islamic religious sect, Kalo-Kato struck in Zango area throwing the state capital into pandemonium. The sect was demanding the release of its leader said to have been arrested by security agents.

Among those reported killed were two soldiers and two security operatives who were among those deployed to quell the uprising as well as four children said to have been burnt when their house was torched by the rampaging Kalo-Kato sect members.

The rampaging sect members dominated by youngsters of between 10 and 15 years torched some houses and attacked anyone who dared to stand in their way. The sect is said to be claiming link to the Maitasine sect of the 1980s.

Boko Haram members and their leader, Mohammed Yusuf . The sect was responsible for the orgy of violence in some northern states in July.

A resident of the area said they sensed trouble when the preacher of the sect during today's morning prayers started denouncing other Islamic sects as infidels and condemning the action against the Boko Haram sect members when according to him, "they were preaching the truth."

An eyewitness, Kamal said the sect members descended on a listener who challenged the preachers before they went wild attacking anyone in sight and burning houses.

Speaking to Vanguard on phone, Special Assistant to Governor Isa Yuguda on Media Affairs, Sanusi Mohammed said the situation has been brought under control.

"The problem was caused by some religious extremists fighting among themselves. It was not an inter-religious thing and it happened in Zango area and did not spread beyond there because government reacted promptly to bring it under control.

"The situation is now calm and we have been calling on people not to panic or start relocating to barracks as is usually the case when things like this happen", he said.

Spokesman of the Bauchi State Police Command, Mohammed Barau also told journalists that the situation was under control and that a combined team of regular and anti-riot policemen have been deployed to the area.

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