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Four Cameroon police killed by suspected separatist bomb -govt

(Reuters) – Cameroon’s government said on Sunday that separatists in its restive English-speaking region had detonated an improvised explosive device that killed four police and wounded six. “The government condemns in the strongest terms this criminal act, perpetrated by armed bandits and terrorists with no faith or law,” the statement said. It also said the attack occurred along a road near the district of Eyumojock in the south west of the country late on Saturday. There was no immediate reaction or claim of responsibility from any separatist group. What began…

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Armed gang kills at least 34 in northwest Nigeria, police say

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) – An armed gang killed at least 34 people in attacks on villages in northwest Nigeria, police said on Sunday, part of a wave of violence the government has blamed on bandits. Hundreds of people have died in the northwest region this year, adding to security problems in a country already struggling with Islamist insurgencies in the northeast and a brutal conflict between farmers and herders in central states. The armed gang came to unprotected villages in the northwestern state of Zamfara on Friday night, killing 34…

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Al Shabaab kill 16 in Kenya and Somalia blasts

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Somali militants killed eight Kenyan police with a roadside bomb near the border between the two countries on Saturday, officials said, while another eight died in a bombing the same group carried out in the Somali capital. Both attacks were claimed by Somali Islamist insurgents, who also kidnapped three Kenyan police reservists on Friday from the same area, in Wajir district in northeast Kenya. Kenyan military forces have occupied part of southern Somalia along the border since 2011. The Kenyans, along with allied Somali militia, wrested control…

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Roadside bomb kills Kenyan police near Somali border

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A roadside bomb hit a vehicle patrolling near Kenya’s border with Somalia on Saturday, killing several of the 11 police officers onboard, the police spokesman said. Charles Owino told Reuters that he was still awaiting exact casualty figures. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Somali Islamist insurgents carry out frequent attacks on Kenyan security forces. Somali al Shabaab insurgents claimed responsibility on Friday for kidnapping three Kenyan police reservists from Wajir, in northeast Kenya near the Somali border. “Last night, we captured a village…

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Islamic State says it killed 20 Nigerian soldiers -statement

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Islamic State’s West African branch claimed responsibility for an attack on a Nigerian army base in northeastern Borno state and said its fighters had killed 20 soldiers. The assault, which raised questions about government claims to have almost defeated the insurgents, took place in the town of Kareto on Wednesday. The barracks were burnt and a tank destroyed, Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) said in a statement published on the SITE Intelligence website. Security sources had said earlier that the base, home to the from…

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Blackwater founder expands operations in Congo

DAKAR (Reuters) – A company run by private security firm Blackwater’s founder Erik Prince has registered a subsidiary in Democratic Republic of Congo with a mandate to extract minerals and timber and conduct financial operations, corporate filings show. Prince, who renamed Blackwater and sold it in 2010 after several of its employees were indicted on unlawful killing charges in connection with their work as U.S. government contractors during the Iraq War, has run Hong Kong-based Frontier Services Group (FSG) since 2014. FSG has close ties to the state-owned Chinese investment…

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Boko Haram attack on Cameroon island kills 24

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Around 300 suspected Boko Haram militants swarmed onto an island on Lake Chad in Cameroon’s far north on Sunday and killed 24 people, including 16 Cameroonian soldiers stationed at military outposts, officials said on Wednesday. The death toll in the district of Darak, about 1,000 km (600 miles) from the capital Yaounde, is one of the worst atrocities carried out by Boko Haram in Cameroon in years, a military source said. The assailants arrived in boats and attacked the island’s eight military outposts, Darak mayor Ali Ramat…

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Gunmen attack two ethnic Dogon villages in central Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Gunmen are attacking two ethnic Dogon villages in central Mali, a local official said on Wednesday, less than 50 km away from the site of a similar attack in which dozens were killed at the end of last week. “Unidentified armed men on motorcycles are surrounding the village and firing at people,” mayor of the targeted Bankass district Moulaye Guindo said via telephone, adding that the attack was still ongoing in the villages of Ogoboro and Nomopere Bomba. Guindo said there were people wounded who had been…

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Ghana forces rescue two kidnapped Canadian women -statement

ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana forces have rescued two Canadian women who were kidnapped last week outside their hostel in Ghana’s second city of Kumasi, the Ghanaian government said in a statement on Wednesday. The women, aged 19 and 20, were volunteers for charity Youth Challenge International. Kidnappings were rare in Ghana until a spate of abductions late last year, most of them for ransom. They are more common in other parts of West Africa, especially Nigeria. An Indian national was kidnapped and rescued in Kumasi last month, local media reported.…

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Migrants stranded in boat off Tunisia as authorities say centres overcrowded

TUNIS (Reuters) – A rescue boat carrying around 75 migrants, most of them from Bangladesh, has been stuck off Tunisia for 12 days after authorities refused to let them disembark, the Red Crescent said on Tuesday. The Egyptian boat rescued the migrants in Tunisian waters, but authorities in the governorate of Medinine say its migrant centres are too overcrowded to allow them to come ashore, leaving the vessel 25 km from the coastal city of Zarzis. A government source said the migrants had refused food and medical aid and were demanding…

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