LAGOS, Nigeria — The main militant group in the oil-rich Niger Delta called off its cease-fire with the government this morning, dealing a potential death blow to a presidential amnesty program aimed at ending violence that has crippled production in the West African nation.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta issued a statement saying it would no longer abide by the unconditional Oct. 25 cease-fire President Umaru Yar'Adua had negotiated with the group. The militants warned oil producers with pipelines and personnel working in the creeks and swamps of the Delta that it would wage an "an all-out onslaught" against them.
Bodies, heads found in western Mexico
MORELIA, Mexico — Authorities found the decapitated bodies of six men Friday in the western Mexico state of Michoacan, a hot spot of drug violence where armed men later ambushed a federal police patrol, killing five officers and wounding seven.
State prosecutors said in a statement that six bodies and severed heads were discovered at the entrance to the Michoacan town of Acahuato. The victims had not been identified.
Later Friday, state Public Safety Secretary Minerva Bautista said a group of at least a dozen armed men attacked a federal police convoy, opening fire on the vehicles from a highway overpass near the city of Maravatio. Two of the wounded officers were reported in serious condition.
Michoacan is the cradle of La Familia cartel, which authorities blame for a string of recent beheadings and the killings of police and soldiers.