Nigeria's military says it killed three suspected members of a radical Islamist sect who wanted to burn down a public primary school in the country's violent northeast.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed said Monday that soldiers shot the suspected members of Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the sect's spiritual home. Mohammed said two others were arrested.
Gunshots could be heard throughout early Monday morning in Maiduguri.
The sect has set seven schools ablaze in Maiduguri over the last two weeks.
Boko Haram has been waging an increasingly bloody sectarian fight against weak Nigeria's central government over Muslim killings in the country, the desire to see Islamic law enacted and to free its detained members. The sect is blamed for killing more than 300 people this year.