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article imageIslamic sect militants sentenced to life imprisonment in Nigeria

By Samuel Okocha     Jul 9, 2013 in World
Four alleged members of the Islamist Boko Haram group have received lifetime sentences over bomb attacks that left 19 people dead.
"These are the heaviest sentences given to any Boko Haram suspects, the BBC reported Tuesday, " They were found guilty of masterminding and carrying out attacks on an electoral commission office and a church last year."
According to the BBC, the convicted men were found guilty of planning and carrying out the April 9, 2012, attack on the electoral commission in Suleja, the Niger state capital. Sixteen people were killed in that attack while a second one on a church left three people dead in July 2012.
Attacks, ceasefire and banning of Boko Haram
Boko Haram, fighting for an Islamic state, is blamed for a series of deadly attacks targeted at civilians across northern and central Nigeria. More than 2000 people have been killed since its insurgency in 2009.
A few days ago, 22 students of a boarding school were killed in a Sunday attack by suspected Islamists in Yobe, one of three north-eastern states where a state of emergency was declared on 14 May.
On Monday, the Nigerian Government announced the signing of ceasefire deal with the Islamic sect, Boko Haram. The group confirmed the ceasefire.
Last month, Nigeria outlawed Boko Haram, as part of measures to curb terrorist acts and the British Government has supported that effort with its decision to designate the sect a terrorist organization.
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