Posted: Sep 20, 2013 7:14 AM
Updated: Sep 20, 2013 7:15 AM
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) A Nigerian security official says Islamic extremists attacked a security team in the nation's capital.
Marilyn Ogar, Deputy Director of the Department of State Services, said Friday that a security team was searching for hidden weapons when it was fired upon by members of Boko Haram, the Islamic radicals blamed for violent attacks that have killed thousands in Nigeria in recent years.
Ogar said that two arrested members of Boko Haram led a security team to a site where they said arms were buried.
She said some people were injured but did not say there were any deaths. She said 12 people were arrested. The shootout occurred near the residential compound for legislators.
Boko Haram's violence occurs mostly in Nigeria's northern areas and incidents are rare in the capital.