DOZENS of people have been killed after members of a sect that is inspired by the Taliban in Afghanistan on Monday staged three coordinated attacks in northern Nigeria, taking the total killed in two days of violence to 150, reports BBC. A BBC reporter counted 100 bodies, mostly of Taliban sect, near the police headquarters in Maiduguri, Borno State, where hundreds are fleeing their homes. Witnesses told the BBC a gunbattle raged for hours in Potiskum, Yobe State and a police station was set on fire. Some of the fighters follow a preacher who campaigns against Western schools. The preacher, Mohammed Yusuf, says Western education is against Islamic teaching. There has also been an attack in Wudil, some 20km from Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria. A curfew is in force in Bauchi, the scene of Sundays violence. Fighters chanting God is great attacked the Potiskum police station at about 0215 local time (0115 GMT) - the same time as the raid was launched in Maiduguri. The police station and neighbouring buildings in Potiskum had been razed to the ground, eyewitnesses said. There were unconfirmed reports of more deaths in Maiduguri, as well as a jailbreak in the town. In Wudil, three people were killed and more than 33 arrested. The senior police officer in Wudil has been wounded. Security is said to have been beefed up in Plateau State, to the south of Bauchi, where hundreds were killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians last year. The security forces have confirmed Mondays attacks but have not released any casualty figures. AFP adds: Taliban sect members torched a police headquarters, a church and a customs office in northern Nigeria, residents said Monday, as police put the death toll in weekend religious clashes at 65. Five policemen have been killed, one police station burnt and 60 Taliban killed, police Inspector-General Ogbonna Onovo told reporters, referring to a Nigerian sect styled on Afghanistans Taliban. He said the death toll related to clashes in the neighbouring states of Bauchi and Yobe, adding that new fighting was raging in nearby Borno state. They (militants) are out there in Maiduguri (Borno) now, battling with the police, Nigerias police chief told a news conference in the capital Abuja. Residents of Gamboru-Ngala in Borno state said heavily armed members of the sect stormed the town and went on the rampage, burning a police headquarters, a church and a customs post in the early hours of Monday. One resident, Shafiu Mohammed, said sect members had overpowered police and customs officers in the town, on the border with Cameroon. The operation took them two hours. They left around 2:00 am (0100 GMT) without facing any resistance, Mohammed told AFP by telephone. Police gave no details of casualties in the attack, but Mohammed said the armed men burned a customs officer to death and slit the throat of an engineer working at the customs complex. The fighting broke out Sunday in Bauchi state when police hit back at fighters after they attacked a police station at dawn. A gunbattle ensued, with the death toll there put at 39. There were further clashes in Yobe state, Onovo told the news conference.