updated 12/29/2009 7:11:55 AM ET 2009-12-29T12:11:55

At least 35 people died in a clash among Islamic militants in northern Nigeria, an official said Tuesday.

Bauchi state police spokesman Mohammed Barau said violence erupted Monday when members of the Kata Kalo sect accused each other of making their leader gravely ill.

He said violence spilled into the street and sect members attacked a military unit. Barau corrected earlier official statements that the arrest of the sect leader prompted the clash.

Officials said the militants were armed with spears and arrows.

Barau said at least one soldier died in the violence, as well as two bystanders. He said the fighting had stopped.

In July, fighting sparked by another Islamist sect in Bauchi began a wave of violence that left more than 700 dead.

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