3 Aug 2009

Casualty numbers differ in Nigeria

5:58 am on 3 August 2009

There are conflicting reports from Nigeria on the number of people who died during recent clashes between security forces and members of an Islamic sect.

The fighting ended on Thursday when the sect leader, Mohamed Yusuf, 39, was killed by police.

The military says 700 people were killed, while the Red Cross and police say 600 died. An earlier tally by the army of victims of the unrest put the figure at 400.

Meanwhile, more members of the Boko Haram sect have been arrested in house-to-house searches across northern Nigeria.

Colonel Ben Ahanotu said sect members don't surrender and keep fighting until they are killed.