x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Militants to resume attacks in delta region

Nigerian militants will end a two-week-old ceasefire because of Britain's pledge to back the government in the country's main oil region.

A leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says his militant group will resume attacks in Nigeria's oil-rich river delta region.
A leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says his militant group will resume attacks in Nigeria's oil-rich river delta region.

ABUJA, Nigeria // Nigeria's main militant group says it is abandoning a two-week-old ceasefire because of Britain's pledge to back the Nigerian government in the country's main oil region. A leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta told The Associated Press that the group will resume attacks in Nigeria's oil-rich river delta region as of midnight on Saturday ? bringing to an end the two-week ceasefire. He spoke anonymously to avoid capture by the authorities. The leader said they were calling off the ceasefire because of the British prime minister Gordon Brown's promise at the G8 summit in Japan to support the Nigerian government in its efforts to end violence in the oil-producing region.

*AP