WORLD IN BRIEF: 3 policemen investigated in Ecuador revolt

3 policemen investigated in Ecuador revolt

QUITO, Ecuador — Three police colonels were under arrest Saturday for failing to prevent a massive protest by their subordinates against President Rafael Correa that spun out of control, claiming at least five lives.

Prosecutor Gonzalo Marco Freire told The Associated Press that the three were being investigated for negligence.

Another official in the prosecutor’s office, who was not authorized to provide the information by name, said the colonels were also under investigation for possible crimes including attempted assassination.

Freire said the three, who turned themselves in Friday night, ‘‘should have known what their subordinates were doing.’’

Bin Laden softens tone in audiotape

CAIRO — Softening his tone, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden issued a humanitarian appeal on Saturday urging Muslim governments to do more to help Pakistan’s flood victims and expressing worry about climate change. It was his second purported audiotape in as many days.

The less aggressive approach contrasted with al-Qaida’s previous calls for a violent response in what experts said could be a ‘‘good cop, bad cop’’ ploy to exploit anger over the flooding and rally support for the terror network.

Bin Laden, who is believed to be hiding in the lawless border area that separates the two countries, said governments of Muslim nations have not done enough to help Pakistanis hit by devastating floods that killed hundreds and affected about 20 million people this summer.

Ex-militant leader arrested over bombings

LAGOS, Nigeria — South African authorities have arrested an ex-leader of a militant group that claimed responsibility for a dual car bombing that killed 12 people in Nigeria, a Nigerian secret police spokeswoman said Saturday.

The arrest of Henry Okah, a former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, came as Nigeria’s secretive State Security Service acknowledged it received a warning about the impending attack long before the bombs exploded Friday.

Nonetheless, the militant group was still able to detonate the explosives.