The Federal government says it has started informal talks with Boko Haram to try to end deadly attacks by the militant Islamist group. Presidential spokesman Ruben Abati said the dialogue was through third parties, without giving further details. The group’s main faction had earlier ruled out peace talks. Boko Haram, which wants to create an Islamic state, is accused of killing hundreds of people and targeting churches and other targets. “The form of the dialogue is that backroom channels are being used to reach across with the sole objective of understanding what exactly the grievances of these persons are, what exactly can be done to resolve the crises,” Reuben Abati said.