Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Africa http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:52:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 US airstrike kills senior al-Shahab commander in Somalia http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-kills-senior-al-shahab-commander-in-somalia-2730 http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-kills-senior-al-shahab-commander-in-somalia-2730#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:46:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31616 US airstrike kills senior al-Shahab commander in Somalia
According to reports, a senior al-Shabab commander was killed following a US airstrike in Somalia on Sunday. Security officials in Somali have confirmed that the target of the airstrike was Ahmed Mohamed Amey, who mastermined a wave of suicide attacks by the armed group. An intelligence official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Read the full article...]]>
US airstrike kills senior al-Shahab commander in Somalia

According to reports, a senior al-Shabab commander was killed following a US airstrike in Somalia on Sunday.

Security officials in Somali have confirmed that the target of the airstrike was Ahmed Mohamed Amey, who mastermined a wave of suicide attacks by the armed group.

An intelligence official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Amey was killed alongside his driver following airstrike.

A US official also confirmed to Reuter news agency that the airstrike was carried out in a remote area near Barawe, Somalia.

According to the security sources, Amey was close to al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, who since taking charge in 2008 has restyled the group as a global player in the al-Qaeda franchise.

The al-Shahab group which aims to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state, has carried out numerous attacks in a number of countries in its fundamentalist aims.

Al-Shahab claimed responsibility behind the deadly bokmbing in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 which left at least 74 people dead.

The group has also launched many smaller attacks against targets in Kenya, such as throwing hand grenades into nightclubs, restaurants and schools.

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies aged 95 http://www.khaama.com/former-south-african-president-nelson-mandela-dies-aged-95-2597 http://www.khaama.com/former-south-african-president-nelson-mandela-dies-aged-95-2597#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:57:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30347 Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies aged 95
Nelson Mandela, the global statesman who peacefully ended an era of white domination in his native South Africa, has died aged 95. The news of his passing was made in a statement made by South African President Jacob Zuma which was broadcast on national TV. He had suffered from a series of lung infections over Read the full article...]]>
Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela, the global statesman who peacefully ended an era of white domination in his native South Africa, has died aged 95.

The news of his passing was made in a statement made by South African President Jacob Zuma which was broadcast on national TV. He had suffered from a series of lung infections over the past two years

“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” said Mr Zuma, who praised the Mandela family for sacrificing so much “so that our people could be free”.

“Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who more than any other came to embody their sense of a common nation,” he said from Pretoria.

Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy and became an international icon of peace and reconciliation.

Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war. He was imprisoned in 1962 for nearly three decades over sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.

The official SAPA news agency reported early Friday that Mandela’s body had been moved to a military hospital in Pretoria. It’s expected to be embalmed in the next three to four days.

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Two Kenyan men marry same woman, sign ‘wife-sharing’ deal http://www.khaama.com/two-kenyan-men-marry-same-woman-sign-wife-sharing-deal-1805 http://www.khaama.com/two-kenyan-men-marry-same-woman-sign-wife-sharing-deal-1805#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:13:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28220 Two Kenyan men marry same woman, sign ‘wife-sharing’ deal
According to reports, two men in Kenya have signed an agreement to marry the same woman and the two vowed to never fight over the shared wife. The two men reportedly had affair with the woman for more than four years, and the deal was signed in coastal Mombasa. Community policing officer Adhalah Abdulrahmanon quoted Read the full article...]]>
Two Kenyan men marry same woman, sign ‘wife-sharing’ deal

According to reports, two men in Kenya have signed an agreement to marry the same woman and the two vowed to never fight over the shared wife.

The two men reportedly had affair with the woman for more than four years, and the deal was signed in coastal Mombasa.

Community policing officer Adhalah Abdulrahmanon quoted by News24 said, “I heard people fighting and went to check, but I was surprised to see two men fighting over a woman who is said to be a widow and a mother of twins. I tried solving the issue but they refused, each insisting he could not live without the woman,”

The officer further added that the agreement stated, “shifts in the house, respect for one another, and that if she gives birth they will both raise the child”.

He said, “We discussed everything and they agreed that even if the woman gives birth they will raise the child as their own since they have been taking care of the woman’s children together and paying her rent equally.”

The agreement was signed after the woman declined to make a choice, saying she could not live without either of the men.

One woman having more than one husband is almost unheard, despite Polygamous marriage, one man having more than wife is legal in Kenya and is widely practiced by various communities.

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Bare-breasted Tunisian Muslim feminist threatened to death http://www.khaama.com/bare-breasted-tunisian-muslim-feminist-threatened-to-death-1565 http://www.khaama.com/bare-breasted-tunisian-muslim-feminist-threatened-to-death-1565#comments Mon, 08 Apr 2013 05:39:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24964 Bare-breasted Tunisian Muslim feminist threatened to death
A 19-year-old Tunisian who bared her breasts to protest for women’s rights in a particularly bold act in a Muslim coutry led by moderate Islamist party, Ennahda that sparked demonstrations across the globe. Muslim hard-liners were taunted after the woman known only as Amina appeared in photos on Facebook last month with the words “My Read the full article...]]>
Bare-breasted Tunisian Muslim feminist threatened to death

A 19-year-old Tunisian who bared her breasts to protest for women’s rights in a particularly bold act in a Muslim coutry led by moderate Islamist party, Ennahda that sparked demonstrations across the globe.

Muslim hard-liners were taunted after the woman known only as Amina appeared in photos on Facebook last month with the words “My body belongs to me” scrawled on her bare chest.

According to reports Ukraine-based group Femen, which stages bare-breasted protests for women’s and gay rights inspired Amina’s act. An International Topless Jihad day was also reoprtedly organize dby the group last Thursday in supoprt of Muslim women including Amina.

Amina received death threats and went into hiding prompting wild rumors over her whereaboutsincluding that she had been interned in a psychiatric hospital.

However she appeared in an interview broadcast Saturday with the French cable TV station Canal Plus in a village hours from the Tunisian capital where she’s been hiding.

Amina said that she must leave Tunisia and was afraid of her life and the lives of her family.

She also said that he doesn’t think it possible to return to school in Tunisia and wants to study journalism abroad.

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EU diplomats confirm 7 foreign hostages killed in Nigeria http://www.khaama.com/eu-diplomats-confirm-7-foreign-hostages-killed-in-nigeria-2261 http://www.khaama.com/eu-diplomats-confirm-7-foreign-hostages-killed-in-nigeria-2261#comments Sun, 10 Mar 2013 17:23:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24092 EU diplomats confirm 7 foreign hostages killed in Nigeria
European diplomats said Sunday that a claim by a Nigerian armed group it had killed seven foreign hostages appeared to be true and condemned the act as barbaric and cold-blooded. Both Britain and Italy said all seven of those taken from northern Bauchi state on Feb. 16 were killed by the group known as Ansaru. Read the full article...]]>
EU diplomats confirm 7 foreign hostages killed in Nigeria

European diplomats said Sunday that a claim by a Nigerian armed group it had killed seven foreign hostages appeared to be true and condemned the act as barbaric and cold-blooded.

Both Britain and Italy said all seven of those taken from northern Bauchi state on Feb. 16 were killed by the group known as Ansaru. Greece also confirmed one of its citizens was killed, while Lebanese authorities did not immediately comment.

“This was an act of cold-blooded murder, which I condemn in the strongest terms,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement announcing that a British construction worker was among the dead.

Photographs of the dead hostages, who were kidnapped from Setraco, a Lebanese construction company in the northern state of Bauchi last month, are understood to have been posted on an Islamist website by the group.

Nigeria police last month said the hostages were four Lebanese, one Briton, a Greek citizen and an Italian. A company official later said the Middle Eastern hostages included two Lebanese and two Syrians.

While Nigerian authorities have yet to comment publicly about Ansaru’s claim, it comes as the nation’s security forces remain unable to stop the guerrilla campaign of bombings, shootings and kidnappings across the country’s north.

Ansaru has previously claimed responsibility for the December kidnapping of a French citizen near the border with Niger and for an attack on a prison in Abuja in November.

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UN peacekeeper opens fire on comrades in Darfur, 4 killed http://www.khaama.com/un-peacekeeper-opens-fire-on-comrades-in-darfur-4-killed-21591 http://www.khaama.com/un-peacekeeper-opens-fire-on-comrades-in-darfur-4-killed-21591#comments Sat, 22 Dec 2012 07:51:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=21591 UN peacekeeper opens fire on comrades in Darfur, 4 killed
A peacekeeper serving with the joint U.N.-African Union force in Darfur opened fire on fellow peacekeepers, killing four and injuring one, the United Nations said Friday. “I confirm that four of the UNAMID peacekeepers were killed and one of them was injured due to gunshots fired by one of the peacekeepers,” Aicha Elbasri of the Read the full article...]]>
UN peacekeeper opens fire on comrades in Darfur, 4 killed

A peacekeeper serving with the joint U.N.-African Union force in Darfur opened fire on fellow peacekeepers, killing four and injuring one, the United Nations said Friday.

“I confirm that four of the UNAMID peacekeepers were killed and one of them was injured due to gunshots fired by one of the peacekeepers,” Aicha Elbasri of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur told AFP.

The dead included “the one that fired the gunshots,” she said, adding that the incident took place on Thursday at a UNAMID base in Mukjar, West Darfur.

“The mission is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident,” Elbasri said.

She did not disclose the nationalities of those involved or what had happened to the perpetrator.

In the meantime Kieran Dwyer, spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping force, said the peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, is investigating the shooting.

He said there were no further details of the so-called “blue-on-blue” incident that took place Thursday at a peacekeeping site in Mukjar in West Darfur. It was unclear whether the peacekeeper who opened fire was alive, dead or injured.

UNAMID was established in July 2007 and given a key mandate of protecting civilians in Darfur, but it also contributes to security for those providing humanitarian aid, verifying agreements, political reconciliation efforts and promoting human rights. It currently has about 16,500 troops and military observers and over 5,000 international police.

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At least 34 killed following gunmen attack in Nigeria http://www.khaama.com/at-least-34-killed-following-gunmen-attack-in-nigeria-865 http://www.khaama.com/at-least-34-killed-following-gunmen-attack-in-nigeria-865#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 10:49:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=14576 At least 34 killed following gunmen attack in Nigeria
An attack on a cattle market in northeastern Nigeria by gunmen armed with explosives has left at least 34 dead and the toll is likely to climb, an emergency source said on Thursday. The fighting late Wednesday happened in Potiskum, a town in Nigeria’s Yobe state. A Nigerian official quoted by AFP said, “Thirty-four bodies Read the full article...]]>
At least 34 killed following gunmen attack in Nigeria

An attack on a cattle market in northeastern Nigeria by gunmen armed with explosives has left at least 34 dead and the toll is likely to climb, an emergency source said on Thursday.

The fighting late Wednesday happened in Potiskum, a town in Nigeria’s Yobe state.

A Nigerian official quoted by AFP said, “Thirty-four bodies were deposited at the hospital.” He said the toll was likely to be more than 50 dead because families were also burying relatives’ bodies without bringing them to the hospital.

Police confirmed the attack happened but said they had no details.

The attack does not appear to be the work of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, which is waging an increasingly violent sectarian fight against Nigeria’s weak central government. Cattle raids remain common across the north, as herdsmen lead teams across the arid plains.

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Somali and AU troops attack al-Shahab bases in Mogadishu http://www.khaama.com/somali-and-au-troops-attack-al-shahab-bases-in-mogadishu-786 http://www.khaama.com/somali-and-au-troops-attack-al-shahab-bases-in-mogadishu-786#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:59:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=12031 Somali and AU troops attack al-Shahab bases in Mogadishu
According to Somali government officials, African Union-backed Somali government troops attacked hardline Shebab insurgent positions at dawn on Friday in the war-torn capital of Mogadishu. African Union force’s Maj Gen Fred Mugisha said, “This operation is necessary to consolidate the security of Mogadishu.” The African Union Mission in Somalia said the operation launched early Friday Read the full article...]]>
Somali and AU troops attack al-Shahab bases in Mogadishu

According to Somali government officials, African Union-backed Somali government troops attacked hardline Shebab insurgent positions at dawn on Friday in the war-torn capital of Mogadishu.

African Union force’s Maj Gen Fred Mugisha said, “This operation is necessary to consolidate the security of Mogadishu.”

The African Union Mission in Somalia said the operation launched early Friday is meant to clear al-Shabab fighters from the northern fringes of the Somali capital, from where the militants have been able to stage several recent attacks.

An artillery barrage first poured down on a northeast district — which AU forces claim was already largely abandoned by civilians — before tanks and ground troops moved into the area.

Somali military commander Abdulahi Ali Anod said, “The operations will continue until we get rid of the terrorist remnants, who are now on the run.”

AU and government forces took control of most of Mogadishu last year.

But correspondents says al-Shabab fighters were able to launch attacks in the city from their Maslah base.

The move comes two weeks after AMISOM troops delivered a major defeat to al-Shabab, forcing the fighters out of Baidoa, the country’s third largest city, which was considered an important rebel stronghold.

Extremist Shebab gunmen have been fighting to topple the weak Western-backed Somali government in Mogadishu, where the administration survives under the protection of the 10,000-strong AU force.

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More than 100 prisoners freed in Nigeria jailbreak http://www.khaama.com/more-than-100-prisoners-freed-in-nigeria-jailbreak-665 http://www.khaama.com/more-than-100-prisoners-freed-in-nigeria-jailbreak-665#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:16:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=11447 More than 100 prisoners freed in Nigeria jailbreak
At least 119 prisoners were freed from a jail in Nigeria after unknown gunmen stormed the jail using bombs and heavy gunfire. According to Nigerian officials, the incident took place in Kogi state on Wednesday evening after armed men killed a prison officer during the attack. The officials further added, the prisoners were not high-profile Read the full article...]]>
More than 100 prisoners freed in Nigeria jailbreak

At least 119 prisoners were freed from a jail in Nigeria after unknown gunmen stormed the jail using bombs and heavy gunfire.

According to Nigerian officials, the incident took place in Kogi state on Wednesday evening after armed men killed a prison officer during the attack.

The officials further added, the prisoners were not high-profile detainees and were awaiting trial.

A Nigerian police official speaking on the condition of anonymity said, around 20 armed insurgents stormed the jail on motorbikes.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident but the officials doubt that the radical Islamic group, Boko Haram was behind the attack.

Boko Haram has been involved behind some of the deadliest attacks in Nigeria, including a massive attack on a prisoner in northern Bauchi state in 2010.

Around 700 prisoners with most of them Boko Haram prisoners were freed during the attack in 2010.

Recently Boko Haram has carried out a number of deadly attacks in northern regions of Nigeria where a series of bombings were carried out on police stations at the northern city of Kano.

However a Nigerian Prisons Service Hadijha Aminu quoted by BBC said that officials did not suspect Boko Haram in the latest jailbreak in Koton-Karifi south of the capital Abuja.

She said that there were no high-profile prisoners – no lifers among the detainees.

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Gunmen kill 40 people in Warrap state of South Sudan http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kill-40-people-in-warrap-state-of-south-sudan-527 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kill-40-people-in-warrap-state-of-south-sudan-527#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:22:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=10801 Gunmen kill 40 people in Warrap state of South Sudan
According to South Sudan government officials, at least least 40 people have been killed by armed gunmen in a cattle raid in South Sudan. South Sudan on Monday accused its former foes in the Khartoum government of arming gunmen who killed over 40 people in a cattle raid, as the UN warned tensions between the Read the full article...]]>
Gunmen kill 40 people in Warrap state of South Sudan

According to South Sudan government officials, at least least 40 people have been killed by armed gunmen in a cattle raid in South Sudan.

South Sudan on Monday accused its former foes in the Khartoum government of arming gunmen who killed over 40 people in a cattle raid, as the UN warned tensions between the two sides risks regional peace.

In the meantime some reports suggest as many as 100 people could have been killed in the attack on a camp in Warrap state.

nterior Minister Alison Manani Magaya said, “a militia group from Unity state penetrated into Warrap state… and attacked people in a cattle camp, killing over 40.”

Tensions remain high since South Sudan seceded peacefully from Sudan in July after decades of war.

A Warrap state official quoted by Paris-based Sudan Tribune newspapaer said, villages belonging to the Luac Jang ethnic group in Tong East county came under attack early on Saturday.

In the meantime Madot Dut Deng, speaker of the state assembly, said he had been told by officials that more than 76 people had been killed, with several unaccounted for.

Interior Minister Alison Manani Magaya quoted by AFP news agency said, “This militia group was armed by the government of Khartoum. The number of wounded is still not clear, but they took a lot of cattle with them.”

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Gunmen attack police station in Nigeria’s Kano city http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attack-police-station-in-nigerias-kano-city-526 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attack-police-station-in-nigerias-kano-city-526#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:00:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=10797 Gunmen attack police station in Nigeria’s Kano city
According to Nigerian polic officials, at least two civilians have died in an overnight attack on a police post in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. In the meantime residents said, gunmen pened fire on a police station in Nigeria’s flashpoint city of Kano at dawn Monday, setting off a gun battle with police. The Read the full article...]]>
Gunmen attack police station in Nigeria’s Kano city

According to Nigerian polic officials, at least two civilians have died in an overnight attack on a police post in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.

In the meantime residents said, gunmen pened fire on a police station in Nigeria’s flashpoint city of Kano at dawn Monday, setting off a gun battle with police.

The gunmen are suspected to be Islamist militants from Boko Haram, which recently carried out multiple bomb attacks in Kano, killing 185 people.

Kano state and its capital city of 10 million people have been under siege by gunmen from Boko Haram, which wants to impose sharia law across Nigeria.

Boko Haram, a movement loosely modeled on the Afghan Taliban whose name translates as “Western education is sinful”, has been behind almost daily killings in its home base in the largely Muslim northeast. Its violence has spread west into other parts of the north and the capital Abuja since last year.

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Concerns over militias and secret detention in Libya http://www.khaama.com/concerns-over-militias-and-secret-detention-in-libya-222 http://www.khaama.com/concerns-over-militias-and-secret-detention-in-libya-222#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 06:00:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=10595 Concerns over militias and secret detention in Libya
Libyan militias are out of control and holding thousands of people in secret detention centres, while the weak interim government struggles to assert its authority, the UN has heard. Ian Martin, the UN special envoy to Libya on Wednesday raised growing fears over ‘revolutionary brigades’ in Libya accused of causing a surge in post-Gaddafi unrest Read the full article...]]>
Concerns over militias and secret detention in Libya

Libyan militias are out of control and holding thousands of people in secret detention centres, while the weak interim government struggles to assert its authority, the UN has heard.

Ian Martin, the UN special envoy to Libya on Wednesday raised growing fears over ‘revolutionary brigades’ in Libya accused of causing a surge in post-Gaddafi unrest and holding thousands of people in secret detention centres.

The Security Council was told recent violence in Tripoli, Bani Walid and Benghazi highlighted the problem.

More than 8,000 pro-Gaddafi supporters are being held by militia groups, amid reports of torture, UN officials said.

He told the Council that the revolutionary brigades were running out of control in the north African nation, noting that they were continuing to hold detainees from the country’s civil war in secret detention centers and subjecting them to torture.

Nevertheless, he said, it highlighted the challenge of reconciling the former leader’s supporters and the rebels that had defeated them.

He described that legacy as “weak, at times absent, state institutions, coupled with the long absence of political parties and civil society organisations, which render the country’s transition more difficult”.

Mr Martin said some steps had been taken towards demobilising ex-combatants.

But UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said Nato should disclose what measures it took to avoid civilian deaths in the airstrikes it carried out before the downfall of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi last year.

Ms Pillay and the UN special representative in Libya, Ian Martin, expressed concern about the revolutionary brigades that fought Gaddafi’s troops but have not been brought under control by the interim government.

She urged the authorities to take control of these informal jails, review the cases, and deal with the prisoners in a legal framework.

Libyan Defence Minister Osama al-Juwali, who has been negotiating with militiamen in Bani Walid, told reporters on Wednesday that the situation was stable.

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More than 100 killed in Nigeria coordinated bombings http://www.khaama.com/more-than-100-killed-in-nigeria-coordinated-bombings-492 http://www.khaama.com/more-than-100-killed-in-nigeria-coordinated-bombings-492#comments Sun, 22 Jan 2012 07:52:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=10408 More than 100 killed in Nigeria coordinated bombings
According to security officials, more than 100 people were killed in co-ordinated attacks by Islamist militants in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday. The attackers in Kano on Friday evening struck eight government security buildings, the national police said, including the regional police headquarters, two local police stations, the local headquarters of the Read the full article...]]>
More than 100 killed in Nigeria coordinated bombings

According to security officials, more than 100 people were killed in co-ordinated attacks by Islamist militants in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday.

The attackers in Kano on Friday evening struck eight government security buildings, the national police said, including the regional police headquarters, two local police stations, the local headquarters of the State Security Service, the home of a police official and the state police command headquarters.

Hospitals are struggling to deal with the numbers of killed and injured.

Boko Haram militants said they carried out the attacks, which would be their bloodiest assault to date.

The group has said it wants to overthrow the national government and install an Islamic state.

A Boko Haram spokesman, Abul Qaqa, told journalists that it had carried out the attacks because the authorities had refused to release group members arrested in Kano.

The attacks late on Friday prompted the government to announce a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the city of more than 10 million people, the country’s second biggest.

President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been criticised for failing to act quickly and decisively enough against Boko Haram, said the killers would face “the full wrath of the law.”

The full extent of the violence was still emerging on Saturday, with varying reports of the number killed.

The Associated Press, citing an official at Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital in Kano, said at least 143 people had been killed.

Meanwhile, an official at the city’s main morgue told Agence France-Presse that it had collected 162 bodies and that others were continuing to arrive.

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Multiple explosions kills at least 7 in Nigeria http://www.khaama.com/multiple-explosions-kills-at-least-7-in-nigeria-475 http://www.khaama.com/multiple-explosions-kills-at-least-7-in-nigeria-475#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2012 05:40:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=10336 Multiple explosions kills at least 7 in Nigeria
At least seven people were killed in a string of bomb blasts on Friday in Nigeria’s second city Kano and the authorities imposed a curfew across the city, which has been plagued by an insurgency led by the Islamist sect Boko Haram. The Nigerian authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Kano after co-ordinated bomb Read the full article...]]>
Multiple explosions kills at least 7 in Nigeria

At least seven people were killed in a string of bomb blasts on Friday in Nigeria’s second city Kano and the authorities imposed a curfew across the city, which has been plagued by an insurgency led by the Islamist sect Boko Haram.

The Nigerian authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Kano after co-ordinated bomb attacks in the northern Nigerian city.

According to security officials, heavy gunfire was heard after militants targeted police stations and the regional police head quarter.

The Islamic militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility behind the attacks.

In a statement on Friday, police said that “seven casualties have been confirmed from different locations of the attacks” in Nigeria’s second biggest city.

The statement further added, four police stations around the city, the headquarters of the State Security Service, as well as passport and immigration offices were targeted.

Boko Haram became active around 2003 and is concentrated in the northern states of Yobe, Kano, Bauchi, Borno and Kaduna.

Boko Haram is an indigenous Salafist group which only turned itself into a Salafist Jihadist group in 2009. It propagates a version of Islam that not only forbids any interaction with the Western World but it is also against the traditional Muslim establishment and the government of Nigeria.

The group publicly extols its ideology despite the fact that its founder and former leader Muhammad Yusuf was himself a highly educated man who lived a lavish life and drove a Mercedes Benz.

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Militants kill at least 20 people in north-east Nigeria http://www.khaama.com/militants-kill-at-least-20-people-in-north-east-nigeria-357 http://www.khaama.com/militants-kill-at-least-20-people-in-north-east-nigeria-357#comments Sat, 07 Jan 2012 05:01:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=9795 Militants kill at least 20 people in north-east Nigeria
According to Nigerian police officials, at least 20 people were killed after Gunmen from a radical Muslim sect attacked a town hall in rural northeast Nigeria. The officials said, the incident took place on Friday afternoon while the people were gathering for a meeting of a Christian ethnic group. A local police commissioner Ade T. Read the full article...]]>
Militants kill at least 20 people in north-east Nigeria

According to Nigerian police officials, at least 20 people were killed after Gunmen from a radical Muslim sect attacked a town hall in rural northeast Nigeria.

The officials said, the incident took place on Friday afternoon while the people were gathering for a meeting of a Christian ethnic group.

A local police commissioner Ade T. Shinaba said, the attack occurred in Mubi in Adamawa state as Igbo traders held a meeting before opening up their shops for business.

There were also reports of a deadly attack in Adamawa’s capital, Yola.

The Islamist Boko Haram group said it had carried out the attack in Mubi and another in Gombe on Thursday night in which at least six people died.

On Thursday evening, gunmen stormed a church in the northeastern city of Gombe and opened fire as worshippers were praying, killing six people, including the pastor’s wife.

The attacks come as a three-day ultimatum issued by a purported spokesman for an Islamist group Boko Haram, for Christians to leave the north.

Boko Haram is accused by the government of killing at least 510 people last year alone, according to an AP news agency count.

The group also claimed they were behind an attack that killed at least 42 people in a Christmas Day bombing of a Catholic church near Abuja, as well as a suicide car bombing targeting the UN headquarters in the capital that killed 25 people and wounded more than 100.

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At Least 50 Killed in Nigerian ethnic clashes http://www.khaama.com/at-least-50-killed-in-ethnic-clash-in-nigeria%e2%80%8e-300 http://www.khaama.com/at-least-50-killed-in-ethnic-clash-in-nigeria%e2%80%8e-300#comments Sun, 01 Jan 2012 05:41:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=9534 At Least 50 Killed in Nigerian ethnic clashes
Sunday, January 01, 2012 – According to Nigerian governmental officials, at least 50 people have been killed in eastern Nigeria in clashes between rival ethnic groups. A spokesman for the Ebonyi state government said, the violence in the state of Ebonyi took place between the Ezza and Ezilo peoples due to a land dispute. bonyi Read the full article...]]>
At Least 50 Killed in Nigerian ethnic clashes

Sunday, January 01, 2012 – According to Nigerian governmental officials, at least 50 people have been killed in eastern Nigeria in clashes between rival ethnic groups.

A spokesman for the Ebonyi state government said, the violence in the state of Ebonyi took place between the Ezza and Ezilo peoples due to a land dispute.

bonyi state spokesman Onyekachi Eni told Reuters News Agency, “Up to 60 people died in the violence. It is difficult to give the exact figure because when we visited Ezilo community, which was the scene of the incident today … villagers were still bringing out corpses.”

He also said, dozens of riot policemen have been deployed to the two communities to restore law and order.

Violent disputes over land are common in Africa’s most populous country because the majority of its 160 million people are farmers living in rural areas with few authorities to arbitrate disputes.

This comes as President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday declared a state of emergency in parts of the country following the attacks from Boko Haram, including one on Christmas Day in Abuja which killed dozens of people.

However, there was no suggestion it had anything to do with wider security problems in the country stemming from a violent Islamist insurgency that set off a wave of deadly bombs on Christmas Day.

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International community condemn deadly Nigeria bombings http://www.khaama.com/international-community-condemn-deadly-nigeria-bombings-231 http://www.khaama.com/international-community-condemn-deadly-nigeria-bombings-231#comments Mon, 26 Dec 2011 04:36:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=9204 International community condemn deadly Nigeria bombings
Monday, December 26, 2011 – Terror attacks across Nigeria by a radical Muslim sect killed at least 40 people, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass. The shadowy group from Nigeria’s Muslim north, blamed for dozens of bombings and shootings in recent years, said it was responsible Read the full article...]]>
International community condemn deadly Nigeria bombings

Monday, December 26, 2011 – Terror attacks across Nigeria by a radical Muslim sect killed at least 40 people, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass.

The shadowy group from Nigeria’s Muslim north, blamed for dozens of bombings and shootings in recent years, said it was responsible for a string of blasts, three of them in churches, including one that killed at least 35 people at a packed Christmas service on the outskirts of the capital Abuja.

The second blast was aimed at a church in the central city of Jos, capital of Plateau state while in the third incident, a suspected suicide-bomber rammed a car into the entrance of the State Security Service building in the northeastern city of Damaturu, a spokesman for the military task force in charge of security in the region, said by phone from Maiduguri.

The Boko Haram, a group that draws inspiration from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, claimed responsibility for the Abuja church attack, the Abuja-based Trust newspaper reported, citing a spokesman for the group, Abu Qaqa. The claim couldn’t be independently verified.

Authorities on Sunday acknowledged they could not bring enough emergency medical personnel to care for the wounded outside St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla near Nigeria’s capital.

There has been widespread condemnation in the international community of a series of Christmas Day bomb attacks in Nigeria that killed almost 40 people.

The White House said the attacks were “senseless violence” and the UK foreign secretary called them “cowardly”.

Spokesman Jay Carney said: “We condemn this senseless violence and tragic loss of life on Christmas Day. We offer our sincere condolences to the Nigerian people and especially those who lost family and loved ones.”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed “solidarity in [Nigeria's] fight against terrorism”, while German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said: “Even on Christmas Day, the world is not spared from cowardice and the fear of terrorism.”

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “These are cowardly attacks on families gathered in peace and prayer to celebrate a day which symbolises harmony and goodwill towards others. I offer my condolences to the bereaved and injured.”

Nigeria’s 160 million people are split roughly evenly between Christians and Muslims, who for the most part live side by side in peace, but their cohabitation in the “Middle Belt” has sometimes been a source of tensions over land and influence.

Jos in particular has seen many hundreds killed in periodic outbreaks of vicious ethnic and sectarian violence.

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Explosion targets Catholic Church in Nigerian capital http://www.khaama.com/explosion-targets-a-church-in-nigerian-capital-224 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-targets-a-church-in-nigerian-capital-224#comments Sun, 25 Dec 2011 09:30:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=9171 Explosion targets Catholic Church in Nigerian capital
Sunday, December 25, 2011 – An explosion rocked the capital of Nigeria targeting a Catholic Church killing at least 10 worshippers and inuring dozens of other. The Nigerian officials said, the incident took place after a bomb ripped through ST Theresa Church in Madalla as the worshipper gathered for the Christmas ceremony. The precise number of dead Read the full article...]]>
Explosion targets Catholic Church in Nigerian capital

Sunday, December 25, 2011 – An explosion rocked the capital of Nigeria targeting a Catholic Church killing at least 10 worshippers and inuring dozens of other.

The Nigerian officials said, the incident took place after a bomb ripped through ST Theresa Church in Madalla as the worshipper gathered for the Christmas ceremony.

The precise number of dead and wounded in the blast was not immediately available.

National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Yushau Shuaib and a local police spokesman, Richard Oguche confirming the incident said that the blast happened Sunday morning as the church held services marking Christmas.

Nigeria has faced a string of recent bombings and attacks by a radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram. The sect is responsible for at least 465 killings this year alone, according to an Associated Press count.

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Key Sudan rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim killed http://www.khaama.com/key-sudan-rebel-leader-khalil-ibrahim-killed-220 http://www.khaama.com/key-sudan-rebel-leader-khalil-ibrahim-killed-220#comments Sun, 25 Dec 2011 06:20:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=9156 Key Sudan rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim killed
Sunday, December 25, 2011 – According to Sudan military officials, a key rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim from the region was killed by Sudan’s army three days after anti-government forces said they had begun advancing on the capital Khartoum. The army statement, carried by the official SUNA news agency, says Ibrahim was killed early on Sunday Read the full article...]]>
Key Sudan rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim killed

Sunday, December 25, 2011 – According to Sudan military officials, a key rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim from the region was killed by Sudan’s army three days after anti-government forces said they had begun advancing on the capital Khartoum.

The army statement, carried by the official SUNA news agency, says Ibrahim was killed early on Sunday in North Kordufan state, at Wad Banda, a town 440 miles (700 kilometers) west of the capital Khartoum.

Khalil Ibrahim is known as the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement in conflict-torn Darfur. Earlier this year, he returned from exile in Libya after the fall of Col Gaddafi’s regime.

Ibrahim had headed the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the most heavily armed group in the Darfur region, which the government had accused of being being behind earlier attacks.

According to the United Nations at least 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur since 2003 when fighting broke out between non-Arab rebels and the Arab-dominated Khartoum regime.

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Police arrest Islamic militant leader in Nigeria http://www.khaama.com/police-arrest-islamic-militant-leader-in-nigeria-230 http://www.khaama.com/police-arrest-islamic-militant-leader-in-nigeria-230#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:01:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=8926 Police arrest Islamic militant leader in Nigeria
Monday, December 19, 2011 – According to Nigerian security officials, police forces arrested one of the leaders of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram following a shoot-out in the northern city of Kano. The officials further added, the leader was Mohammad Hamza Aliyu was detained while he was struggling to flee the city following armed Read the full article...]]>
Police arrest Islamic militant leader in Nigeria

Monday, December 19, 2011 – According to Nigerian security officials, police forces arrested one of the leaders of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram following a shoot-out in the northern city of Kano.

The officials further added, the leader was Mohammad Hamza Aliyu was detained while he was struggling to flee the city following armed clashes outside of his residential place.

Ibrahim Idrees, chief of the Kano state police said, at least police officers and four militants were killed during the armed clashes.

Boko Haram is a Nigerian Islamist group that seeks the imposition of Shariah law throughout the whole of Nigeria.

The group’s official name is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which in Arabic means “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”.

It became known internationally following sectarian violence in Nigeria in 2009 and has staged numerous attacks across northern and central Nigeria.

The group also claimed responsibility behind the deadly bomb attack at the UN headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. At least 23 people were killed during the incident.

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US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visits Libya http://www.khaama.com/us-defense-secretary-leon-panetta-visits-tripoli-169 http://www.khaama.com/us-defense-secretary-leon-panetta-visits-tripoli-169#comments Sat, 17 Dec 2011 11:02:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=8878 US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visits Libya
Saturday, December 17, 2011 – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Tripoli Saturday to assess the progress and meet its new government. He is going to hold talks with Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim al-Keib and Defence Minister Osama al-Juwali. Panetta will meet with members of the transitional government in Tripoli, and make an Read the full article...]]>
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visits Libya

Saturday, December 17, 2011 – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Tripoli Saturday to assess the progress and meet its new government. He is going to hold talks with Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim al-Keib and Defence Minister Osama al-Juwali.

Panetta will meet with members of the transitional government in Tripoli, and make an emotional visit to what historians believe is the gravesite of 13 U.S. sailors killed in 1804.

His visit to Tripoli is followed by UN decision on Friday to lift sanctions on Libya’s central bank and its investments subsidiary.

In the meantime, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta emphasized for the control of the militias involved behind the overthrow of the Gadhafi and said, US will give more time to the Libyans before determining how help the fledgling government.

Before landing in Tripoli Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said that he was optimistic that the people of Libya are ultimately going to able to succeed in putting a democracy together.

Ahead of Mr. Panetta’s visit, Washington announced it had lifted sanctions the U.S. imposed in February to close funding for the Qaddafi regime. The U.S. blocked an estimated $37 billion in Libyan assets, according to an Associated Press report, and a White House statement said Friday’s action “unfreezes all government and central bank funds within U.S. jurisdiction, with limited exceptions.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement that Friday’s action would unfreeze all government and Central Bank funds within U.S. jurisdiction. Assets in the U.S. of the Gadhafi family and former Gadhafi regime members remain frozen.

The United States froze assets of the Libyan government and then-leader Moammar Gadhafi and four of his sons in February, shortly after shuttering the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli and evacuating staff. The move came amid escalating violence in Libya as Gadhafi sought to crush a rebellion against his rule.

The country’s interim leaders had repeatedly appealed for the assets to be released, in order to pay the wages of public sector workers and re-build state institutions.

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Al Qaeda militants break jail in Yemen http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-militants-break-jail-in-yemen-130 http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-militants-break-jail-in-yemen-130#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:53:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=8684 Al Qaeda militants break jail in Yemen
Monday, December 12, 2011 – According to Yemen security officials, at least fifteen al-Qaeda militants have broken out of a prison in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. A prison officer said at least 15 convicts escaped through an up to 130 feet long tunnel, which took the inmates from under the western side of Read the full article...]]>
Al Qaeda militants break jail in Yemen

Monday, December 12, 2011 – According to Yemen security officials, at least fifteen al-Qaeda militants have broken out of a prison in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.

A prison officer said at least 15 convicts escaped through an up to 130 feet long tunnel, which took the inmates from under the western side of the Aden prison to near a petrol station outside the prison walls.

This comes as al-Qaeda fighters raided the central jail in the southern city Mukalla, freeing dozens of prisoners in the month of June while in 2003, 11 al Qaeda militants convicted for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 American sailors and injured 39 others, escaped from the Aden prison.

Yemen’s army has been fighting heavy gun battles with al-Qaeda militants in different parts of Yemen with most intense fighting between the army and al-Qaeda is in the city of Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province, where militants control much of the city.

Investigations into these breakouts and subsequent trials showed that some prison security officers were involved in helping the convicts flee and several officers have been jailed.

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Libya celebrates arrest of Gaddafi’s son http://www.khaama.com/7778-403 http://www.khaama.com/7778-403#comments Sun, 20 Nov 2011 04:44:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=7778 Libya celebrates arrest of Gaddafi’s son
Sunday, November 20, 2011 – Libya’s interim government on Saturday announced the arrest of Saif al-Islam, Moamar Gaddafi’s son and heir apparent the last key member of Moamar Gaddafi’s family to be captured or killed, a month after Moamar Gaddafi was killed by the revolutionary forces. According to reports, Saif al-Islam was captured near the southern Read the full article...]]>
Libya celebrates arrest of Gaddafi’s son

Sunday, November 20, 2011 – Libya’s interim government on Saturday announced the arrest of Saif al-Islam, Moamar Gaddafi’s son and heir apparent the last key member of Moamar Gaddafi’s family to be captured or killed, a month after Moamar Gaddafi was killed by the revolutionary forces.

According to reports, Saif al-Islam was captured near the southern town of Obari as two bodyguards tried to smuggle him into neighbouring Niger.

Libyan officials said, Saif al-Islam and several bodyguards, but no other senior figures from the ousted administration, had been taken by fighters based in the western mountain town of Zintan.

Such insistence on factional power is at the heart of international concerns about Libya’s future. And after Colonel Qaddafi’s capture and killing at the hands of militiamen a month ago, his son’s case will be an important test of Libya’s commitment to the rule of law.

On Saturday, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court said he would head to Libya in the next few days to discuss how and where Mr. Qaddafi would be tried. “We are coordinating with the Justice Ministry to ensure that any solution is in accordance with the law,” said the prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

In the meantime, Libyan Leaders in Zintan promised that they would protect Mr. Qaddafi and that justice would take its course.

A member of the Zintan revolutionary movement’s political committee said, “We are arranging a very safe place for him. The people of Zintan want to leave a good impression for the world and treat Seif according to human rights and according to Islamic values.”

Saif al-Islam’s capture leaves only former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi wanted by the ICC, which indicted the two men along with Gaddafi in June for unleashing a campaign of murder and torture to suppress the uprising that broke out in mid-February. Protests inspired by the so-called Arab Spring sweeping the region soon escalated into a civil war, with NATO launching airstrikes under a UN-mandate to protect civilians.

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UN compound explosion kills 18 in Nigeria http://www.khaama.com/un-compound-explosion-kills-18-in-nigeria http://www.khaama.com/un-compound-explosion-kills-18-in-nigeria#comments Sat, 27 Aug 2011 05:42:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=5722 UN compound explosion kills 18 in Nigeria
Saturday, August 27, 2011 – At least 18 people were killed after a suicide bomb blast rocked the UN compound in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday, blowing out much of the building and marking a sharp escalation in a wave of attacks. The incident took place after a suspect forced his way through two Read the full article...]]>
UN compound explosion kills 18 in Nigeria

Saturday, August 27, 2011 – At least 18 people were killed after a suicide bomb blast rocked the UN compound in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday, blowing out much of the building and marking a sharp escalation in a wave of attacks.

The incident took place after a suspect forced his way through two security gates and rammed the car into the building.

Rescue workers were scrambled to help those left inside after the floors were blown out.

AFP quoted a man claiming to be a spokesman for the Nigerian sect known as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call, and threatened further violence. The veracity of his claims could not be confirmed.

The man who identified himself as Abu Darda said in the call, “Through the wisdom of Allah, we have launched the attack with absolute precision.”

The man further added,  “The attack was carefully scripted and executed. We have said it several times that the UN is one of our prime targets.”

Boko Haram has been blamed for scores of bombings in recent months in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer.

Such attacks, however, have not targeted international organisations, and Friday’s bomb marked a new level of audaciousness.

Police commissioner for the Federal Capital Territory, Mike Zuokumor said, “So far, we have 18 dead.”

Meanwhile, a radio report said, at least 60 wounded were being treated at the national hospital.

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Plane crash in Venezuela kills six http://www.khaama.com/plane-crash-in-venezuela-kills-six http://www.khaama.com/plane-crash-in-venezuela-kills-six#comments Wed, 23 Feb 2011 05:08:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=2124 Plane crash in Venezuela kills six
CARACAS: Six people were killed when their small plane crashed in Venezuela’s Tachira state, the transportation ministry said on Wednesday. “The six people who were aboard a Cessna 340 A, with tag YV 2402, which crashed near the town of San Pedro del Rio, Tachira, all died,” the ministry said in a statement. All six Read the full article...]]>
Plane crash in Venezuela kills six
CARACAS: Six people were killed when their small plane crashed in Venezuela’s Tachira state, the transportation ministry said on Wednesday.

“The six people who were aboard a Cessna 340 A, with tag YV 2402, which crashed near the town of San Pedro del Rio, Tachira, all died,” the ministry said in a statement. All six bodies were recovered.

The plane had taken off from El Vigia airfield, in Merida state, en route to Santo Domingo, in Tachira.

Authorities were investigating to determine the cause of the crash.

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