Exclusive: Nigeria starts mediated talks with Boko Haram: sources

Reuters News
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Posted: Mar 15, 2012 9:08 AM
Exclusive: Nigeria starts mediated talks with Boko Haram: sources

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's government has in the last week held its first indirect peace talks with Islamist sect Boko Haram, meeting mediators to discuss a possible ceasefire, political and diplomatic sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Two people close to Boko Haram have been carrying messages back and forth between the sect's self-proclaimed leader Abubakar Shekau and government officials, the sources, who asked not to be named, said.

(Reporting by Joe Brock; Editing by Tim Cocks and Toby Chopra)