Nigerian Militants Plan To Resume Attacks On Oil And Gas Industry

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From Al Jazeera:

Nigeria’s largest militant group has said it is to end its ceasefire and resume attacks against Africa’s biggest oil and gas industry.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) said the move to end the truce on on September 15 was in response to the government’s 60-day amnesty programme.

The government has invited fighter groups to hand in their weapons in return for cash, jobs and pardons under the scheme.

Mend, a loose coalition of militant groups in the Niger Delta, denounced the hundreds of rebels that have participated in the amnesty, which began two weeks ago.

“The ongoing amnesty programme by the government of Nigeria seems to have achieved separating those who still have the zeal to fight for our freedom from those who were in it for the money,” the group said in a statement.

Mend declared a two-month ceasefire in July to allow for peace talks, but said it was now suspending negotiations with the government.

Hundreds of militant group members surrendered their weapons, mortar bombs and gunboats on Saturday.

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