6 October 2015 16:05
Nigeria’s Takfiri Boko Haram militants have attacked a Chadian base near the border, killing 11 soldiers and injuring over a dozen others.
“This surprise attack claimed the lives of 11 soldiers and wounded 13 (and) 17 Boko Haram fighters were killed,” said a Chadian security source on Tuesday.
“Boko Haram members attacked our positions at 4:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) in Kaiga Ngouboua,...
5 October 2015 21:06
September's violent clashes in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, have left more than 60 people dead and 300 others injured, an official says.
"The latest toll from the violence established by hospital sources is 61 dead and 300 hurt," said a statement on Monday by the Minister of Public Safety Dominique Said Panguindji.
Earlier estimates had reckoned the death toll...
3 October 2015 18:28
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has issued an order for an increase in the number of regional states, a move which could threaten a power-sharing deal between the government and rebels signed in August.
The presidential decree, broadcast on state radio, increases to 28 the current number of states, which 10.
Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said, "The government has ordered there...
3 October 2015 9:53
Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants have captured two towns in central Somalia, taking advantage of the absence of either Somali or African Union forces in the area.
“Amara and Ba’adwayn are now under full control of al-Shabab,” said a senior regional official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the DPA reported.
Local militias had also fled the area, further facilitating the capture of the territories...
2 October 2015 21:37
Suspected members of the Takfiri Boko Haram militant group have reportedly killed nearly a dozen people during a fresh wave of attacks on three villages in Nigeria’s volatile northeastern state of Adamawa.
Local officials said Friday that the attacks that were carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants claimed the lives of 11 people in the villages of Bitiku, Kubu and...
2 October 2015 17:01
The leader of Burkina Faso’s recent short-lived coup is now in police custody, sources in the West African country say.
Sources in Burkina Faso’s interim government said Thursday that General Gilbert Diendere, who staged a week-long coup last month, has been handed over to police officials in the main gendarmerie camp in the capital, Ouagadougou.
“General Diendere and his accomplices will answer...
1 October 2015 7:53
Human rights group Amnesty International says at least 1,600 people have been killed in attacks carried out by Boko Haram militants since the start of June.
Amnesty said in a statement on Wednesday that the deaths occurred in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, where security forces are engaged in operations against the Takfiri militants.
The group added that at least 3,500 civilians...
29 September 2015 23:00
A major airport is shut in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou as soldiers lock down an area around the barracks of an elite unit involved in a short-lived coup after they refused to disarm.
An unnamed senior official told AFP news agency said on Tuesday that Ouagadougou's international flights were cancelled as army surrounded the camp of Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) responsible for the September 17...
28 September 2015 23:09
Britain is to send more than 300 troops to Somalia and possibly South Sudan to train soldiers and boost security in the region, Downing Street said Monday.
The deployment is meant to counter instability in the region and will be carried out in coordination with UN peacekeeping missions.
The British troops will provide medical, logistical, and engineering support and combat training, the...
26 September 2015 12:00
Nigeria’s military says more than 200 members of the Takfiri Boko Haram militant group have surrendered during the battle for the northeastern town of Banki.
The military said the members of Boko Haram gave themselves up Friday as Nigerian forces regained control of the border town, from where the militants had been carrying out attacks on Cameroon territory.
Nigerian army spokesman Sani Usman...
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