A spokesman claiming to represent Nigeria’s Boko Haram sect has outlined conditions for peace talks with the federal government. Demands include holding the talks in Saudi Arabia and having former military ruler and presidential aspirant General Muhammadu Buhari as a mediator. Coverage from the Guardian, This Day, Business Week, and News 24.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International released a new report, “Nigeria: Trapped in the Cycle of Violence,” on November 1, writing, “The brutal actions of Nigeria’s security forces in response to Boko Haram’s campaign of terror are making an already desperate situation even worse.”
Nigerian security forces reportedly killed thirty people in Maiduguri on Friday.
AP writes, “Weary from years of kidnappings, the inhabitants of Algeria’s rugged Kayblie mountains are finally turning against the al-Qaida fighters in their midst and helping security forces hunt them down. And that turnaround is giving Algeria its best chance yet to drive the terror network from its last Algerian stronghold.”
Nearly 400 people have been arrested in a major security operation in the Somali port city of Kismayo, officials there have told the BBC.
African Union troops, the Somali army and a pro-government militia gained control of the strategic port last month from al-Qaeda-aligned militants.
A militia spokesman told the BBC those arrested were believed to be supporters of the Islamist al-Shabab group.
Since al-Shabab’s withdrawal there have been frequent bombings in the city.
VOA: “Uganda is threatening to pull its troops from African peacekeeping missions, including the one in Somalia, because of a U.N. report that accuses Kampala of supporting Congolese rebels.”
IRIN on internally displaced people in Mogadishu.
Gambia has appointed its first female foreign minister, Susan Wafa-Ogoo.
Ethiopian Muslims continue their weekly Friday protests against alleged government interference in Muslim affairs.
IRIN writes that more flooding may occur in Niger.
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