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Nigerian rights body ends probe into abortion allegations against military

Nigerian rights body ends probe into abortion allegations against military

NIGERIA'S human rights commission said on Tuesday it had concluded hearings into an investigation of a Reuters report that the military ran a secret abortion programme in its fight against Islamist insurgents in the northeast. The Nigerian military has previously said that the report was not true. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which is appointed by the government, established a special panel in February 2023 to investigate the allegations and has been conducting hearings in the capital Abuja and in northeastern Borno state. NHRC said the hearings had ended, with Borno's attorney general and the military addressing the panel on Tuesday. The commission…
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Suspected insurgents kidnap 50 people in northeast Nigeria

Suspected insurgents kidnap 50 people in northeast Nigeria

Suspected Islamist insurgents kidnapped 50 people, mostly women, in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and a resident said, the latest mass abduction by fighters who have waged an insurgency for more than a decade. Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters have mainly operated in Borno state in the northeast, targeting security forces and civilians, in the process killing and displacing tens of thousands of people. Advertisement · Scroll to continue The latest incident took place on Monday in the remote Gamboru area, which shares a border with Chad and Cameroon, said an official of the…
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US determined to remain strong security partner for Nigeria

US determined to remain strong security partner for Nigeria

SECRETARY of State Antony Blinken said the United States is determined to remain a strong security partner for Nigeria, whose military is backed by the U.S., Britain and other allies in a long war against Islamist insurgents. Blinken also discussed challenges to democracy and security in the region during his meeting on Tuesday with Nigerian President Bola Tinubu in a visit that comes after last year's coup in neighbouring Niger, one of a series of coups or attempted power grabs over the past few years in West and Central Africa. "The United States is determined to be and remain a…
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Nigerians flee Islamist insurgent attack

Nigerians flee Islamist insurgent attack

GOVERNMENT troops and several hundred residents have been forced to flee after Islamist insurgents overran a town in northeast Nigeria in an attack claimed by Islamic State, security sources have said. The assault on Marte, which lies on Lake Chad in Borno state, came just two months after residents driven from their homes by Islamist attacks had returned to the town under a government programme. It underscores the precarious security situation in northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) are active, and the difficulties the government faces as it tries to return people displaced by…
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Fighting in Moz gas town rages for 2nd day

Fighting in Moz gas town rages for 2nd day

HELICOPTER gunships exchanged fire with suspected Islamist insurgents as fighting raged for a second day around a gas hub town in northern Mozambique, a security source and a diplomat said. The government said security forces were working to restore order in Palma, which is adjacent to gas projects worth $60 billion led by companies including Total after it came under a three-pronged attack on Wednesday. The attack, in a province that has since 2017 been targeted by Islamist insurgents with links to Islamic State, began hours after the French oil major said it would resume work on the project after…
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Insurgents seize Mozambique port in gas-rich region, local media say

Insurgents seize Mozambique port in gas-rich region, local media say

ISLAMIST insurgents have captured a heavily-defended port in the far northern Mozambique town of Mocimboa da Praia, close to the site of natural gas projects worth some $60 billion, local media have reported. It was one of several attacks on the town - 60 km (37 miles) south of the projects being developed by oil majors like France's Total - this year as insurgents with links to Islamic State have stepped up attacks in the region. Its port is used for cargo deliveries to the developments. Local news site Zitamar said the port had been seized on Tuesday when naval…
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Kidnapped politician, French aid worker to be freed in Mali prisoner swap

Kidnapped politician, French aid worker to be freed in Mali prisoner swap

MALI will release scores of suspected Islamist insurgents in a prisoner exchange for opposition leader Soumaila Cisse and French aid worker Sophie Petronin, two security sources and a diplomatic source said on Monday. Cisse, a popular politician who served as finance minister from 1993 to 2000, was kidnapped by gunmen while campaigning in the northern region of Timbuktu in March, while Petronin, who ran a charity for malnourished and orphaned children, was abducted near the northern city of Gao in late 2016. They are two high-profile examples of Mali's deepening security crisis caused by the persistent presence of jihadist groups…
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Mozambique’s village of beheadings retaken from insurgents

Mozambique’s village of beheadings retaken from insurgents

OVER 1,000 Mozambique troops have recaptured the northern village of Muidumbe from Islamist insurgents, police general commander Bernardino Rafael said, killing 16 and destroying some of their logistics. Mozambique's northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, home to gas developments worth some $60 billion, is grappling with an insurgency linked to Islamic State that has gathered pace this year, with insurgents regularly taking on the army and seizing entire towns. Speaking to troops in a field in Muidumbe, an area where local media reported a spate of beheadings by insurgents last week, Rafael congratulated the men for their victory onbut warned they…
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Mali opposition leader and presidential hopeful Cisse dies

Mali opposition leader and presidential hopeful Cisse dies

THE  long-time leader of Mali's opposition, Soumaila Cisse, has died at the age of 71, his spokesman said, two months after his release from lengthy captivity by Islamist insurgents. Cisse, a former finance minister who finished runner-up in the 2013 and 2018 presidential elections to Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was considered among the favourites in a vote expected in early 2022 after Keita's overthrow in an August military coup. "I confirm that Soumaila died last night in Paris," his spokesman, Nouhoum Togo, told Reuters without providing further detail. French media reported that he had died of COVID-19. Cisse was kidnapped in…
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Nigerian jet kills civilians in pursuit of militants

Nigerian jet kills civilians in pursuit of militants

NINE people were killed and 23 injured in a village in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe State that was hit by an airstrike by the Nigerian air force, which is battling Islamist insurgents in the area, the state's emergency response agency has announced. The air force said earlier it may have killed and injured civilians while pursuing insurgents in Yobe and that it was investigating the incident. Earlier, an air force spokesman said a fighter jet responded to intelligence on suspicious movements of suspected insurgents from either the Boko Haram group or ISWAP on Wednesday and fired "some probing shots", killing and…
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