Nigerian Rebel Leader Dies in Police Custody

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2009 3:40 PM CDT
Nigerian Rebel Leader Dies in Police Custody
Bodies lie n front of police headquarters following clashes with police Monday in Maiduguri, Nigeria.   (AP Photo)

The leader of an uprising set on introducing Islamic law in Nigeria died in custody today, the BBC reports. Mohammed Yusuf was captured in his in-laws’ goat pen in Maiduguri—and was later seen standing and with no visible injuries by a Reuters reporter. “He has been killed,” a police spokesman said. “You can come and see his body at the state police command headquarters.” (More Nigeria stories.)

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