Brother of slain Nigerian militant killed

Story highlights

  • Gunmen kill the brother of slain Islamic fundamentalist group leader
  • Babakura Fugu was the brother of Mohammad Yusuf, who died in 2009
  • Fugu had recently received a visit from a former Nigerian president
Gunmen killed the brother of the slain leader of Nigerian militant group Boko Haram in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a spokesman for the military said Monday.
Babakura Fugu died Saturday, two days a visit from former president Olusegun Obasanjo, said Lt. Col. Hassan Mohammed, spokesman for the Joint Task Force.
Military officials do not know who killed Fugu, according to Hassan.
Fugu was the brother of the former leader Mohammed Yusuf, who was in killed while in custody after widespread clashes between the military and Boko Haram in 2009.
It's unclear if Fugu was involved with Boko Haram.
Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the Aug. 26 bombing of United Nations offices in Abuja, claiming U.N. agencies were "the bastion of the global oppression of Muslims all over the world," according to a spokesman.
The car bombing killed 23 people and wounded more than 80.
Boko Haram wants strict Islamic law imposed in the Muslim-dominated northern half of Nigeria and opposes Western-style education.
Southern Nigeria is predominantly Christian.