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Some villages reopened to displaced residents

KANO — Villagers displaced by Muslim militants can return safely to their homes in central Nigeria, the army said this week, after mopping up operations against the Islamic gunmen.

Authorities in Plateau state, a hotbed of violence between Christian and Muslim ethnic groups, said members of the mainly Muslim Fulani group carried out July 7-8 raids on several Christian villages and a funeral.

Herdsmen from the Fulani ethnic group said last week that the army had confined them to squalid camps ahead of a planned campaign to root out gunmen accused of killing more than 100 residents of five villages.

“The Fulani from four of the five villages vacated for military operations have been asked to go back to their homes following the completion of our operations in the area,” said Capt. Salihu Mustapha, military spokesman in Plateau.

Residents of a fifth village will remain in camps while security forces continue their campaign, he added.

South Africa

Baboons out of control in Cape Town

JOHANNESBURG — A renowned American primates expert says baboons are “out of control” on Africa’s southernmost tip because animal rights supporters have thwarted efforts to keep them in check.

Kenya-based U.S. anthropologist Shirley Strum said this week that herds of baboons are roaming freely in parts of urban Cape Town and surrounding districts. Some even sleep on the roofs of buildings.

In an open letter to a Cape Times newspaper, Ms. Strum said after visiting the Cape peninsula that she believes it already may be too late for fencing or other control measures to succeed.

Ms. Strum, who also is a professor at the University of California San Diego, said the baboons are raiding homes and restaurants, using their typical “ingenuity and adaptability.”

•From wire dispatches and staff reports