At least 7 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria's capital
ABUJA, Nigeria - At least seven people were killed during an exchange of gunfire between Islamist sect Boko Haram and security agents in Nigeria's capital Abuja, the Nigerian Security Service Department said Friday.
Boko Haram members attacked security agents who tried to uncover an arms cache in a building behind the official quarters of Nigeria's legislative, in the Apo neighborhood of Abuja, state security service spokesperson Marylin Ogar said in a statement.
Several people were injured in the gunbattle, and 12 Boko Haram members were arrested.
The information about the arms cache was provided by two detained members of the sect, Kamal Abdullahi and Mohammed Adamu, during an interrogation, according to Ogar.
"No sooner had the team commenced digging for the arms, than they came under heavy gunfire attack by other Boko Haram elements within the area, which prompted immediate response from the security team," said Ogar.
"As a result, some persons were injured and twelve others have been arrested in connection with the incident, and are making useful statements," she added.
Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sinful," has been active in the Muslim north of the West African country, carrying out attacks aimed primarily at Christians.
Since 2009, more than 1,500 people have been killed in the violence.