From Al Jazeera:
Nigerian police have detained hundreds of people belonging to an Islamic community in the state of Niger.
The arrests on Saturday came weeks after a radical sect killed almost 800 people in the north of the country.
About 1,500 police officers backed by reinforcements from the capital, Abuja, had surrounded the compound of the Darul Islam community on the edge of the town of Mokwa early on Saturday, said Mike Zuokumor, Niger state police chief.
"We received a series of reports about the activities of the sect from neighbouring communities, the local government and the emirate [traditional leader]," Zuokumor said.
"Some of them were expressing apprehension concerning the activities of the group and it is our duty to ensure law and order among the citizens of the state."
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