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Five aides killed after gunmen attack Nigerian senator’s convoy

Five aides killed after gunmen attack Nigerian senator’s convoy

TIFE OWOLABI GUNMEN in Nigeria killed five aides including security personnel during an attack on the convoy of a Nigerian senator in southeastern Anambra state on Sunday evening, the senator's spokesman said. Senator Ifeanyi Ubah's convoy was attacked in Enugwu-Ukwu, a community in the Njikoka local government area of Anambra but he escaped without injuries because he was travelling in a bullet-proof vehicle, spokesman Kameh Ogbonna told Reuters. Ogbonna said he was in the same car with Ubah at the time of the attack, which he described as an assassination attempt. Police said they were investigating the incident and would…
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Gunmen kill more than 40 people in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region – residents

Gunmen kill more than 40 people in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region – residents

GUNMEN killed at least 42 people in Ethiopia's Oromiya region, two residents who buried the bodies in mass graves said, the latest killings in the country's most populous region where escalating violence has left hundreds dead. The latest attack by an armed group against local residents occurred on Tuesday, they said, in the Amuru district, around 370 km (230 miles) west of the capital Addis Ababa. They said the victims were all Oromos and described the attackers as members of a volunteer militia known as Fano, mostly composed of ethnic Amharas. Clashes between the Oromo and Amhara, Ethiopia's two largest…
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Palestinians fire on bus with Israeli troops in West Bank, 6 hurt

Palestinians fire on bus with Israeli troops in West Bank, 6 hurt

PALESTINIANS fired on an Israeli bus on a desert highway in the occupied West Bank, Israeli military authorities and medics said, wounding five soldiers and the driver in an attack that suggested violence may be spiralling anew. The incident, in which authorities said two suspected gunmen were detained as they tried to escape, took place within driving distance of Jenin and Nablus, Palestinian cities that have seen months of intensive and often lethal Israeli security sweeps. Witnesses said Palestinians in a car overtook the bus, spraying it with bullets and, when it came to a halt, tried to torch it.…
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Gunmen kidnap scores at Nigerian mosque

Gunmen kidnap scores at Nigerian mosque

GUNMEN kidnapped dozens of worshippers attending Friday afternoon prayers at a mosque in Nigeria's northwestern state of Zamfara, police and witnesses said. Armed gangs are rife across Nigeria's northwest where they rob or kidnap for ransom, and violence has been increasing, where thinly stretched security forces often fail to stop the attacks. Mohammed Shehu, Zamfara police spokesman said an unknown number of worshippers had been abducted from Jumu'at central mosque in Zugu town, Bukkuyum local government area. Zugu is 170 km (106 miles) west of Zamfara state capital Gusau. "The Zamfara state police command in collaboration with military and vigilantes…
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Gunmen in Nigeria kidnap four Catholic nuns on highway

Gunmen in Nigeria kidnap four Catholic nuns on highway

GUNMEN abducted four Catholic nuns on a highway in Nigeria's oil-producing Imo state in the southeast, a local convent said, in the latest sign of widespread insecurity making road travel unsafe. Armed gangs have been kidnapping people, including priests, for ransom from villages and on highways mainly in the northwest and the practice has spread to other parts of the country, increasing insecurity in Africa's most populous nation. Zita Ihedoro, secretary general of Sisters of Jesus, the Saviour Generalate, said the four were abducted while travelling from Rivers state to Imo for a thanksgiving mass on Sunday. "We implore for…
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Police hunt gunmen who fired 137 rounds in Soweto bar shooting

Police hunt gunmen who fired 137 rounds in Soweto bar shooting

NQOBILE DLUDLA POLICE are hunting for five attackers who burst into a bar in Soweto, South Africa and killed 15 customers in a hail of at least 137 bullets over the weekend, the police minister said. Nine other people were wounded in the raid in the early hours of Sunday morning that followed closely on two other shootings in a surge of violence that shocked a nation with one of the world's highest murder rates. "It was such a brutality," Police Minister Bheki Cele told a crowd gathered at the scene in Soweto's Orlando East neighbourhood. "These people really came…
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Gunmen kill 19 people in ‘random’ bar shootings in South Africa

Gunmen kill 19 people in ‘random’ bar shootings in South Africa

GUNMEN killed 19 people in two apparently random shootings within hours of each other at taverns in South Africa, police said, reinforcing the country's bleak status as a global centre for murder. Attackers armed with rifles and pistols opened fire in the Orlando East bar in the township of Soweto in the early hours of Sunday, killing 15 people and wounding nine, police said. "You can see by the way the bullet cartridges are cast around that they were just shooting randomly," said Elias Mawela, police commissioner for Gauteng province. Sololo Mjoli's two sons, Sthembiso, 34, Luyanda, 18, and were…
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At least 30 Nigerian soldiers killed in ambush after mine attack

At least 30 Nigerian soldiers killed in ambush after mine attack

AT least 30 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush after gunmen attacked a mine in the Shiroro area of Niger state earlier this week, three sources said. The troops were among security forces deployed to search for mine workers, including four Chinese nationals, said to have been kidnapped during the attack on Wednesday. Emmanuel Umar, the commissioner for state security in northwestern Niger, initially said an unknown number of people had been killed during the mine attack in Ajata Aboki village. When the security forces responded to the attack, the gunmen ambushed them and opened fire, killing 30 soldiers…
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Gunmen kill eight, kidnap 38 in Nigeria church attacks

Gunmen kill eight, kidnap 38 in Nigeria church attacks

Gunmen killed eight people and kidnapped 38 others in an attack on two churches in the northern state of Kaduna on Sunday, an official from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said, weeks after a similar deadly attack in the southwest. The attack occurred during the morning service of a Catholic and Baptist church on Sunday, Reverend Danlami Gajere, CAN chairman for Kasuwan Magani ward in Kaduna state, told Reuters by phone. The state police spokesperson and Kaduna's commissioner for internal security did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Two weeks ago, gunmen wielding AK-47 rifles and explosives…
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Gunmen free 11 passengers from Nigerian train attack

Gunmen free 11 passengers from Nigerian train attack

GUNMEN have released 11 passengers who were abducted during a train attack in northern Nigeria at the end of March, a government minister said, though dozens of others are thought to remain in captivity. Gbemisola Saraki, the minister of state for transportation, said in a statement late on Saturday that the government was working to ensure all the kidnapped passengers were released. The freed passengers were taken to a hospital in Abuja. Saraki did not say how and where they were released, or if a ransom was paid. Armed gangs, known locally as bandits, blew up the track on the…
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