3 Killed, UN Peacekeeper Wounded in East DR Congo: Sources
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by Staff Writer With AFP
2d ago
A Romanian “mercenary” and two Congolese soldiers were killed and a UN peacekeeper wounded in three separate incidents in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, several sources said on Sunday. A security official in the east of the country told AFP on condition of anonymity that a private military contractor was killed and three others wounded on Saturday by a missile strike on a Congolese army base around 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Goma. The origin of the strike was not confirmed. The capital of North Kivu has been surrounded to the north and west by the Rwandan army and M23 rebels for s ..read more
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Islamic State-Linked Rebels in East DR Congo Kill Dozens: Local Authorities
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by Staff Writer With AFP
4d ago
An attack blamed on Islamic State-linked rebels has left dozens of people dead in eastern DR Congo’s Beni region, local authorities said on Thursday. Colonel Alain Kiwewa Mitela, a local official in Lubero territory where the overnight attack struck, told AFP that 42 bodies had been found. It brings to nearly 150 the number of people killed since the start of the month by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), according to figures from local authorities and civil groups. A civil society leader, Seba Paluku, told AFP there were 41 bodies including some that were “tied up” and “decapitate ..read more
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Nigeria Gunmen Kill 26, Kidnap Dozens
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by Staff Writer With AFP
1w ago
Gunmen from criminal gangs killed 26 people, including four policemen, and kidnapped dozens more in a raid on a northwestern Nigerian village, the latest in a spate of attacks, police and a local official said. Katsina is one of several states in northwestern and central Nigeria terrorized by heavily armed gangs, who carry out mass abductions for ransom as well as burning and looting homes. The gangs, who maintain camps in a huge forest straddling Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, and Niger states, have also undertaken large-scale kidnappings of pupils from schools in recent years. The criminals — ref ..read more
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Nigerian Army to Receive More Tactical Vehicles for Counter-Terrorism Ops
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by Joe Saballa
1w ago
The Nigerian Army will soon receive an additional fleet of tactical armored vehicles to boost its capability in combating various security challenges. The vehicles, a reverse-engineered version of China’s Dong Feng CSK-131 Mengshi armored vehicle, will be supplied by one of Abuja’s top defense firms, Equipment and Protective Applications International Limited (EPAIL). They will feature a remotely-operated weapons system to provide maximum safety to soldiers during shooting. Nigeria has experienced serious security challenges, such as the Boko Haram insurgency and farmer-herder clashes. Last mo ..read more
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Armed Conflicts in 2023 Highest Since End of WWII: Study
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by Staff Writer With AFP
1w ago
More armed conflicts took place worldwide in 2023 than any other year since the end of the Second World War, according to a Norwegian study published Monday. Last year saw 59 conflicts of which 28 were in Africa, the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) showed. But the number of countries which experienced conflicts declined from 39 in 2022 to 34. The number of deaths in combat also halved to around 122,000 over the previous year, according to data collected by Sweden’s Uppsala University from NGOs and international organisations. That number remained nonetheless the third highest since 198 ..read more
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Somalia Says 5 Soldiers Killed in Battle That Killed 50 Jihadists
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by Staff Writer With AFP
1w ago
Somalia’s government said five of its soldiers died in a battle in which they killed nearly 50 fighters from the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab Saturday, about 350 kilometres (215 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu. Government troops and supporting militia forces got word of an attack planned by Al-Shabaab in Ceeldheer, in the Galgadud region, set an ambush and “destroyed” them, said a statement. Their forces killed at least 47 members of the militant group while losing five soldiers in the battle, said the authorities. They said airstrikes were also carried out against the Al-Shab ..read more
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Sudan Activists Say About ‘40 Dead’ in Shelling Near Khartoum
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by Staff Writer With AFP
1w ago
Pro-democracy activists in Sudan reported Friday that about 40 people were killed in “violent artillery fire” carried out the previous day by paramilitary forces on Omdurman, Khartoum’s twin city. “So far, the death toll is estimated at 40 civilians and there are more than 50 injured, some seriously,” the Karari Resistance Committee said in a statement posted on social media, blaming the shelling on the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, or RSF. “There is still no precise count of the number of victims in Omdurman,” said the organization, one of hundreds of similar grassroots pro-democracy gro ..read more
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Sudan Committee Says ‘Up to 100’ Killed in Village Attack
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by Staff Writer With AFP
1w ago
A paramilitary attack on a central Sudan village has killed “up to 100” people, a local pro-democracy activists’ committee said Thursday. The Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which have been at war with the regular army since April 2023, attacked the village of Wad al-Noura in al-Jazira state “in two waves” with heavy artillery on Wednesday, said the Madani Resistance Committee. They said the feared paramilitaries “invaded the village,” causing widespread displacement and dozens of casualties. “Up to 100 people were killed,” said the committee, one of hundreds of similar grassroots groups across Su ..read more
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Gunmen Kill Seven Benin Soldiers in Attack: Army Source
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by Staff Writer With AFP
2w ago
Gunmen killed seven Benin soldiers in an attack in the north of the country in Pendjari National Park, an army source and a security source said on Wednesday. The sources did not identify the gunmen but the attack on Tuesday was the latest in a border area where Benin faces growing spillover from a jihadist conflicts in the Sahel and where criminal gangs and smugglers also operate. “The information about the loss of seven of our compatriots is confirmed,” an army source said when asked about the attack. Another security source also confirmed the attack. No group immediately claimed responsibil ..read more
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DR Congo Rebels Kill South African Soldier, Wound 13
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by Staff Writer With AFP
2w ago
One South African soldier died, and 13 more were wounded in a battle with M23 rebels in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said Friday. South African troops have been deployed in the country as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) force helping the government put down a rebellion. There have been several clashes between the force and the M23, the latest on Thursday at Sake, a town 25 kilometers (14 miles) west of Goma in restive North Kivu province. The South African Defence Headquarters said a “battle ensued between M23 and our forces” in which “13 membe ..read more
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