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Nigerian troops kill 10 insurgents after air strike: army
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Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Sept 11, 2013

Yemen's Hadi reinstates officers in south
Sanaa (AFP) Sept 11, 2013 - Yemen's president issued a decree on Wednesday reinstating around 800 senior army officers and police who had been retired after the 1994 civil war.

The official Saba news agency said President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced four decrees restoring almost 600 officers, including generals, and more than 200 officers in the ranks of the interior ministry and police.

The measure, applied retroactively on wages and pensions, had been eagerly awaited in southern Yemen where separatist sentiment has remained strong since unification in 1990.

It comes amid an ongoing national dialogue on a new Yemeni constitution ahead of elections in February, after a political transition following the 2011 uprising that forced out longtime president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Among the demands of the southerners is the compensation of around 70,000 soldiers and officials dismissed or retired early after the north crushed a southern bid for independence in 1994.

In the national dialogue, southern delegates are demanding a federal state consisting of north and south Yemen, while northerners are proposing more than two entities, according to sources close to the talks.

The minister said he hoped the dialogue would end as scheduled on September 18, adding that if necessary the talks would be extended by one week.

The dialogue, part of a UN-brokered power transfer deal, is aimed at drafting a new constitution and preparing for the February 2014 elections.

Nigerian troops launched an air strike and later killed 10 suspected members of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in a clash in the country's restive northeast, the military said Wednesday.

The military said troops clashed with "fleeing Boko Haram terrorists" late Tuesday following the destruction of two alleged Boko Haram camps in the Konduga area of Borno state.

Details were unclear on the air strike and other aspects of the raid. Nigeria's military has previously used air power since launching an offensive in May aiming to end Boko Haram's four-year insurgency.

The clash followed an "air strike and subsequent destruction of two Boko Haram terrorist camps at Mada, Konduga local government area of Borno state," Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said in a statement.

It occurred on the road as troops were travelling to the town of Biu and "had an encounter with fleeing Boko Haram terrorists," it said.

"Ten terrorists lost their lives and some ammunition, including four AK-47 rifles, five AK-47 magazines and 250 rounds of assorted ammunition, were recovered," the statement said.

"Ten motorcycles belonging to the sect members were destroyed in the air and land raid."

Boko Haram's insurgency has left more than 3,600 people dead since 2009, including killings by the security forces, who have been accused of major abuses.

Konduga has been the scene of previous violence. On August 10 and 11, suspected Boko Haram members stormed a mosque in Konduga and shot dead 44 worshippers as well as 12 other people in a nearby village.

Much of the recent violence attributed to Boko Haram is said to have occurred in revenge over residents forming vigilante groups to help the military track down insurgents.

It also appears to have shifted from cities to more remote areas of the northeast.


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