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Nigeria disregarded warnings over violent sect

 A hospital worker looks at a body that was dropped off outside a hospital during cleaning operations after fighting in  Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday,...
 A Nigerian troop walks past burnt out motorbikes at Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday, Aug  1, 2009. Banks and markets reopened in this northern Nigerian ...
 A suspected Islamist sect member captured by Nigerian troops as he lies next to a tree in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday, Aug  1, 2009. Banks and marke...
 A man walks past a burnt out car, foreground, with a burnt building, background, at Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday, Aug  1, 2009. Banks and markets reo...

Nigeria Violence

A hospital worker looks at a body that was dropped off outside a hospital during cleaning operations after fighting in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday,...

Nigeria Violence

A Nigerian troop walks past burnt out motorbikes at Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday, Aug 1, 2009. Banks and markets reopened in this northern Nigerian ...

Nigeria Violence

A suspected Islamist sect member captured by Nigerian troops as he lies next to a tree in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday, Aug 1, 2009. Banks and marke...

Nigeria Violence

A man walks past a burnt out car, foreground, with a burnt building, background, at Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday, Aug 1, 2009. Banks and markets reo...

Muslim clerics in northern Nigeria say authorities ignored dozens of their warnings about an Islamist sect that last week attacked police stations and government buildings in a bloodbath that killed more than 700 people.
Imam Ibrahim Ahmed Abdullahi says he and 50 other Muslim leaders repeatedly warned police, local authorities and state security services about the violent Boko Haram group.
The sect on July 26 by attacked a police station in Bauchi state. The violence spread to three other northern states. Nigerian authorities retaliated, attacking the group's headquarters in Maiduguri and killing about 100 people.
Sect leader Mohammed Yusuf was killed Thursday. Human rights groups are urging an investigation into the death.