STRATFORD A Nigerian military official said approximately 700 people were killed in recent fighting between a radical Islamist sect and police in the northern city of Maiduguri, the Associated Press reported Aug. 1. The death toll previously was thought to be approximately 300. The total death toll in northern Nigeria is unknown. The military official said mass burials have started, and that the sect’s compound is one of the burial sites. Banks and markets have reopened in Maiduguri, but sporadic fighting continues.