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Boko Haram reloaded as new sect Kala Kato clash with police in bauchi

Deaths as police and sect clash in Bauchi, Nigeria

At least 20 people are thought to have died in clashes between security forces and members of a religious sect in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi.
Some eyewitnesses said as many as 37 people had been killed.

The fighting came after local people told authorities they were alarmed by open-air preaching by the religious sect, which is known as Kala Kato.
Such preaching was banned in the state after an uprising by another sect, Boko Haram, earlier this year.
Hundreds of people were killed in the subsequent fighting across northern Nigeria.
The BBC's Caroline Duffield reports from Lagos that Kala Kato is a non-conformist Muslim sect made up of poor tradesmen, labourers and other working people.

Some residents in Zango, just south of the city of Bauchi, have said that in recent days the mood of their preaching had become aggressive.
The violence there began on Sunday morning. After some initial shooting the security forces retreated, before returning in greater numbers.

Members of the group had armed themselves with machetes and cutlasses, and appeared ready to fight armed police and soldiers, she adds.
A spokesman for the Bauchi state governor said the local military had been deployed, though other accounts spoke of a feared police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The Associated Press news agency cited Bauchi state official Mohammed Maigari as saying sect members had gone on the rampage to demand the release of their leader.
The sect leader had been arrested in connection with the killings of several Boko Haram members, AP reported.

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Comment by Moses K Tawose on December 29, 2009 at 1:55pm
Education is important and those imparting it must well trained to know the rudimentary of how to. This is paramount for their students to form an opinion of their actions. Its just ignorance what is passed on to their students were the reason giving rise to all this stupid act we're witnessing. Muslim religion is not violence is a religion of accommodation of others to have a change of heart to worshiping a true God called Allah.
This has been hijacked by the self made teachers teaching lies and giving rise to all this sporadic violence that has been and that is taken place today. The same can be said of the christian fate too which like to claim superiority for their belief over other christian or religion. Until we realize that we're different and unique being nothing can be done to find that peace we have been promised that is accepting each other for whom we're. Accommodation is the bottom line.....................!!!



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