Islamist group calls ceasefire in Nigeria

Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:23 AM

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A man identifying himself as a commander of the Islamist sect Boko Haram has announced a cease-fire agreement with security forces in northeastern Nigeria.

Sheikh Muhammed Abdulazeez said in addition to the cease-fire in Borno State, the government has promised to release some jailed sect members, Nigeria's Leadership Newspapers reported Tuesday.

Abdulazeez released a statement calling on "all those who identify themselves with us and our cause to, from today, lay down their arms."

The statement went on to explain that Boko Haram has met with Borno State government on two occasions and was embracing "the peace of dialogue."

"People should know that, henceforth, we should not be held responsible for a single bloodshed," he said.

It was unclear whether Abdulazeez was speaking for sect leader Abubakar Shekau.

Borno State government hailed the truce announcement as a welcome development.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kim Jong Un had terrapin farm manager executed, says source
More than 80 percent of North Korean defectors are women, says report
North Korea requests medical aid from U.N. agencies
Encroaching sea levels endanger Pakistan's Indus Delta
Kenyan bishop warns Obama against pro-gay policy