- - Wednesday, September 26, 2012


KANO — Nigeria’s military said it killed a senior Boko Haram leader and arrested 156 suspected members of the group during a weekend raid in northeastern Adamawa state.

“In the three-day operation, the town was placed under 24-hour curfew, which enabled soldiers to comb the nooks and corners,” said Lt. Saleh Mohammed Buba, military spokesman in Adamawa.

“A total of 156 suspects were rounded up in raids of suspected [Boko Haram] hideouts. A sect commander known as Abubakar Yola who went by the alias Abu Jihad was shot dead in a shootout while trying to flee,” he added.

The operation was carried out in the town of Mubi, not far from the city of Maiduguri in neighboring Borno state, which is considered the base of the Islamist group that is blamed for killing more than 1,400 people in Nigeria since 2010.

Lt. Buba said about 300 explosive devices were discovered in what he described as an armory, where about two dozen AK-47 assault rifles also were being stored.

The military has claimed a series of successes against the group during weekend operations in several cities in the northeast, the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency.

However, previous such raids have failed to stop Boko Haram and resulted in accusations of major abuses by soldiers.


City officials urge all to flush together

HARARE — Bulawayo city officials are urging all residents to join the “big flush” to help Zimbabwe’s second city clear toilet waste that has accumulated in sewers during days of water outages.

Bulawayo city spokeswoman Nesisa Mpofu said residents are asked to flush their toilets simultaneously at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. She said residents can flush at other times, too.

Many householders mistakenly thought they could only flush on Mondays and Thursdays. Ms. Mpofu said the city does not want toilets to be stagnant for days.

Zibusiso Dube, spokesman for Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association, said his group welcomed any plan to reduce the number of sewer bursts in the city of more than 1 million people.


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