Nigeria should open talks with Islamist sect: report


Nigeria needs to open dialogue and negotiate with a radical Islamist sect behind a series of deadly bombings in Africa’s most populous nation, a presidential committee report said.

The Boko Haram sect has been blamed for near daily shootings in Nigeria’s remote northeast and has taken responsibility for bombings in the capital Abuja, including a suicide blast at U.N. headquarters last month which killed 23 people, Reuters reports.

President Goodluck Jonathan launched the seven-man committee to look into the unrest in the northeast in August, prior to the U.N. blast.