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EndSARS protests: At least 49 people killed across Nigeria

– Advertisement – At least 49 people have been reported dead on Tuesday when ongoing protests against police brutalities in Nigeria turned bloody. The #EndSARS protests across Nigeria worsened on Tuesday with 43 protesters and six policemen losing their lives, local media reported. Protesters have been calling for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police. The decision to replace that unit with another one called the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) to carry out the duties handled by the Sars hasn’t been received well. Peaceful demonstrations…

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[Video]: Nigerian soldiers shoot at unarmed #EndSARS protesters

– Advertisement – Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday reportedly opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos State. Local media reported that there have been deaths and several protesters sustaining injuries during the shootout. The state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had declared a 24-hour curfew following alleged violence that greeted the #EndSARS protest in the state. Some of the protesters however claimed that the timing was short and refused to vacate the protest ground. Some protesters told journalists that they were sitting on the floor when soldiers began…

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Guinea: Tension high as army commander is killed ahead of poll

– Advertisement – The killing of a senior army officer in Guinea, Col Mamady Condé has heightened tension in the West African nation ahead of presidential election on Sunday. Col. Condé’s death is coming just two days before the crucial presidential election which is already characterized by protests. Local media reported that Armed men shot Col Condé dead on Friday at a military camp in Kindia, 130km (80 miles) north-east of the capital, Conakry. According to reports there was an attempted mutiny with soldiers seizing weapons to free some of…

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Mali: Detained former Prime Minister released

– Advertisement – The interim government of Mali has said that the country’s former prime minister, Boubou Cissé who was detained following August’s coup has now been released. Authorities have also announced the release of a dozen political and military figures arrested during the coup. A statement from the transitional government said the former detainees would remain available for any courts hearings if needed. The coup in August carried out by soldiers plunged Mali into a political crisis, forcing regional bloc Ecowas to impose sanctions. A transitional government has now…

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Ecowas lifts sanctions imposed on Mali

– Advertisement – The West African regional group, Ecowas has announced the lifting of sanctions imposed on Mali after soldiers toppled the government of ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Ecowas immediately imposed the sanctions on Mali in August when the coup was carried out by soldiers, a move that was meant to return Mali to a civilian rule. The sanctions on Mali included border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Mediation efforts were rolled out urging the soldiers to…

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Mali: Former diplomat Moctar Ouane named prime minister

– Advertisement – Mali’s transitional government leader, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou on Sunday named a new civilian prime minister. N’Daou appointed former foreign affairs minister of the country Moctar Ouane to the new role. Before serving in the role as Mali’s foreign minister between 2004 and 2011, he was Mali’s permanent representative to the UN from 1995 to 2002. Ouane also served as a diplomatic adviser to the west African regional bloc, Ecowas. Ecowas had said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country had an…

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Mali: 53 soldiers, one civilian killed in militant attack

At least 53 soldiers and one civilian were killed in Mali during an attack on an army post in the northern part of the country. Mali’s government said in a statement that the attack was one of the deadliest to take place in the country against its military in recent times. The attack was reported in Indelimane, Menaka region, on Friday although the army at the time gave a lower death toll. Government spokesman Yaya Sangare told Reuters on Saturday that “Heavily armed unidentified men attacked around noon. The attack…

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Burkinabe army outposts attacked, five killed

Militants have launched two attacks on military outposts in northern Burkina Faso, killing five people. The Burkinabe army said on Saturday that four soldiers and one police officer were killed in the attacks. A statement from the army said unidentified assailants attacked a military position in the town of Bahn and another in the village of Yense in the early hours of Saturday. It said the attacks happened “almost at the same moment,”  but added troops were able to retain control of their posts and repel the attackers. Burkina Faso…

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25 Malian soldiers killed in deadly jihadist attacks

Mali’s government has said that twenty-five of it’s soldiers have been killed in Monday’s deadly attacks carried out by jihadists in central part of the country. 60 more people are reportedly missing following the attack carried out on two army camps. In a statement the government said the death toll is among the highest suffered by Malian forces this year. Mali is still struggling to contain militant groups with links to al Qaeda or Islamic State constantly carrying out attacks across the Sahel. The government statement said “Among the ranks…

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Nigeria: Soldiers kill three policemen in deadly attack

Some unidentified soldiers in Nigeria have shot dead three police officers in a deadly attack. The soldiers also killed a civilian in the attack carried out along Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State. Local media reported that several other officers were also injured during the attack. The Police officer reportedly came under attack while taking a kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu, to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo. The Nigerian police Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that one Police Inspector, two Sergeants and a civilian died…

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