Lagos - Police say joint security forces engaged Islamic
extremists in a five-hour gun battle that killed one suspect in Sokoto city in
It's apparently the first report in a year of activity in
Sokoto by suspected members of the Boko Haram.
The city is home to the Sultan of Sokoto, the pre-eminent
leader of Nigeria's tens of millions of Muslims who preaches against extremism.
Deputy police superintendent Almustapha Sani told AP on
Friday that one suspect was arrested and five women and six children living
with the militants were "rescued”.
He said the shootout began before dawn on Thursday and
lasted hours because security forces were afraid of killing civilians.