Shootout between security forces, Islamic extremists rocks Nigerian capital
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - A shootout between Islamic extremists and Nigerian security forces rocked the nation's capital early on Friday, according to a Nigerian security official.
It is the first violence from the Islamic radicals of Boko Haram in Abuja this year and highlights Nigeria's continuing security problems from the extremists.
The shooting broke out early on Friday when a security team was searching for hidden weapons and it was fired upon by members of Boko Haram, said a statement issued on Friday by Ms Marilyn Ogar, deputy director of the Department of State Services. Boko Haram is the network of Islamic radicals blamed for violent attacks that have killed nearly 2,000 in Nigeria since 2011.
Two arrested members of Boko Haram had led a security team in Abuja to a site near the residential compound for legislators where they said arms were buried, said Ms Ogar.