Nigerian Rebel Leader Dies in Police Custody

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