Published: Aug 25, 2011 7:30 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 25, 2011 7:39 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Police say a radical Muslim sect has killed 12 people in a brazen daylight attack in northeast Nigeria that saw members bomb a police station and rob two banks.
    
Adamawa state police commissioner A.T. Shinaba said the attack happened Thursday. Shinaba said members of the feared Boko Haram sect first attacked the police station, killing four officers and a soldier on duty.
    
The commissioner said sect members then robbed two local banks, killing seven bank employees.
    
Shinaba blamed the attack on Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language. The group is responsible for a rash of killings in the area over the last year.

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