15 ARRESTED OVER MALABO ATTACK


Nigeria’s main militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), has denied involvement in the gun battle.President Teodoro Obiang Nguema – who has ruled since 1979 after toppling his uncle in a coup – was reportedly not in his official residence at the time of the attack.

State TV showed what appeared to be bullet marks and smashed windows at the presidential palace and a body, which was said to belong to one of the attackers, wearing a black headband and carrying a machete. “Fifteen assailants have been arrested, one was killed in the heart of the presidential palace and several have been injured,” the announcement on state radio said.

Several other attackers had been killed, state radio said, when their boats were destroyed before they reached Malabo, on the island of Bioko off West Africa’s coast, about 200km (125 miles) from the Nigerian oil city of Port Harcourt.State media attempted to pin blame for the attack on Mend.

The militants, who say they are fighting for a fairer distribution of wealth from Nigerian oil, have usually confined operations to southern Nigeria and its offshore oil installations.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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