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Bodies of missing policemen in Nigeria found

Security agents Tuesday found 11 bodies of policemen declared missing at the weekend in Nigeria's southern Bayelsa state, police and army spokesmen said. One officer remains unaccounted for. State police spokesman Alex Akhigbe told AFP that the bodies were taken to a morgue in the state capital Yenagoa. Witnesses said some of the bodies recovered along the creeks and waterways of the oil-rich state were burnt beyond recognition, mutilated and stripped of their uniforms and rifles.

Nigeria police: 12 missing after delta attack

Militants in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta ambushed a group of police officers as they sat stranded in a boat in the region's winding creeks, leaving at least 12 "missing" in the most serious attack in months in a region vital to the country's finances, a police spokesman said Saturday.It remains unclear who carried out the attack Friday near the village of Azuzama in Bayelsa state, though a major militant group only days earlier threatened it would resume attacks following the arrest and imprisonment of its leader in South Africa.

Nigerian militants ambush police boat in oil-producing Niger Delta region, leaving 12 officers missing and presumed dead, security officials say

Nigerian militants have ambushed a police boat in the oil-producing Niger Delta region, leaving 12 officers missing and presumed dead, security officials said today.The ambush came days after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the main delta militant group prior to a 2009 amnesty, threatened to restart attacks in retaliation for the jailing of leader Henry Okah by a South African court.Police Commissioner Kingsley Omire said the ambush was carried out by militants once loyal to Kile Selky Torughedi, who headed MEND's southern wing, but denied there w

Nigeria Delta militants kill 12 police in boat ambush

By Tife Owolabi YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian militants have ambushed a police boat in the oil-producing Niger Delta region, killing 12 police officers, authorities said on Sunday. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the main delta militant group before a 2009 amnesty, claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, staged shortly after it had threatened to resume its campaign of violence.

Gunmen ambush police boat in Nigeria oil region

By Tife Owolabi YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian militants have ambushed a police boat in the oil-producing Niger Delta region, leaving 12 officers missing and presumed dead, security officials said on Sunday. The ambush came days after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the main delta militant group prior to a 2009 amnesty, threatened to restart attacks in retaliation for the jailing of leader Henry Okah by a South African court.

Militant group MEND statement claims Nigeria oil region attack

A statement on Sunday purporting to be from the main militant group in Nigeria's oil-producing region, MEND, claimed an attack on security forces, alleging at least 15 officers were killed. It was however not possible to determine if the statement was authentic. Police have previously claimed that recent violence in the Niger Delta was not linked to the group, which has been mostly inactive in the years since a 2009 amnesty deal.

Ambush on police in Nigeria oil region leaves 12 missing

Attackers have ambushed and opened fire on a police boat in the oil-producing region of southern Nigeria, leaving 12 police officers missing, authorities said on Saturday. The attack on Friday came after a purported statement from the main militant group in the Niger Delta region, MEND, threatened to resume attacks over the conviction of alleged leader Henry Okah in South Africa.

S.Africa court jails Nigerian for 24 years over bombings

A South African court on Tuesday jailed Nigerian national Henry Okah for 24 years after he was convicted of 13 terrorism charges over deadly twin bomb attacks in Abuja in 2010. Twelve people were killed in the attacks as Nigeria was celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence. The state argued that Okah showed little remorse during the trial, and that his intentions in the bombings were to "obtain maximum casualties." "Effectively, the accused (Okah) is therefore sentenced to 24 years imprisonment," said Judge Neels Claassen at the Johannesburg court.

S.Africa court jails Nigerian for 24 years over bombings

A South African court on Tuesday jailed Nigerian national Henry Okah for 24 years after he was convicted of 13 terrorism charges over deadly twin bomb attacks in Abuja in 2010. Twelve people were killed in the attacks as Nigeria was celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence. The state argued that Okah showed little remorse during the trial, and that his intentions in the bombings were to "obtain maximum casualties." "Effectively, the accused (Okah) is therefore sentenced to 24 years imprisonment," said Judge Neels Claassen at the Johannesburg court.

South Africa jails Nigerian militant for 24 years

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African court sentenced suspected former Niger Delta rebel leader Henry Okah to 24 years in jail on Tuesday for masterminding two deadly car bombings in the Nigerian capital in 2010, officials said. The bombs killed at least 10 people during Independence Day celebrations in Abuja. Okah was convicted in January on 13 counts, including conspiracy to commit terrorism and detonating explosives.
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