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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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Schools suspended in Sudan after soldiers killed students

Schools have been suspended in Sudan following outrage among students after the murder of five of their colleagues on Monday. Sudan’s authorities ordered all schools nationwide to suspend classes indefinitely as protests and agitations emerge among students. The military council’s directive noted that doors of schools should remain closed on Wednesday, the state news agency said. “Orders have been given to governors of all states to shut kindergartens, primary and high schools from tomorrow (Wednesday) until further notice,” the official Suna news agency reported. The order for the closure of…

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Sudan: Unending crisis as soldiers kill students

All seems calming in Sudan but that was just not to happen after soldiers tried breaking up protesters on Monday resulting in deaths. There has been a huge outrage in the north African country with protesters demanding immediate transfer of power to a civilian regime. It follows the killing of five protesters in North Kordofan state.  At least four of those killed were secondary school students. The Sudan Professional’s Association has blamed the ruling military council for the deaths. There are indications there could be more protests in the coming…

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Ghana: Soldiers force journalist to weed as punishment

A Ghanaian journalist was this week forced by some military officers to weed for an hour as punishment. Mr James Harry Obeng, according to state newspaper, Ghanaian Times alleged that he was manhandled by the soldiers at Michelle Camp, near the capital, Accra for no reason. The journalist has now reported the case to the country’s Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). According to Mr Obeng the soldiers made him weed for one hour before asking him to go. He alleges that the incident occurred during a controversy…

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Sudan: Soldiers to face charges over deadly crackdown

Sudan’s military leadership on Saturday revealed that eight senior military officers will face charges over the deadly crackdown on protesters in June. These soldiers are to be charged with crimes against humanity for their roles in the death of some protesters on June 3. Investigations have been probing the killings for weeks. Government prosecutors told a news conference on Saturday that at least 87 people died in the capital, Khartoum. Not all were happy with the findings from the prosecutors though with some disputing the actual death toll. But Fath al-Rahman…

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