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DAKAR, 28 May 2009 (IRIN) – Thousands of people are displaced in the Niger Delta region after the military stormed the area in pursuit of militants it said had attacked government troops. The move comes two months after President Umaru Yar’Adua said he would consider amnesty for some militants. Yar’Adua and his predecessors have battled for years with the local groups – perpetrators of regular violent attacks and kidnappings – who say they are fighting for the people’s rights in the oil-rich region.
IRIN highlights some of the events leading up to the latest clashes. view full text