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Kidnapped Nigerian university students rescued

Kidnapped Nigerian university students rescued

NIGERIAN security forces have rescued students kidnapped from a university in northern Kogi state, along with other victims held by the abductors, the army and state government said. Kogi information commissioner Kingsley Femi Fanwo said security forces were involved in a shootout with the armed gang that carried out Thursday's abduction at Confluence University of Science and Technology. The state had enlisted the help of local hunters who know the Kogi terrain, and a security agent and hunter were wounded. The Nigerian army said in a separate statement that troops, other security agencies and local vigilantes were involved in "a fierce firefight"…
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Chad vote counting begins after tense first Sahel presidential poll since coups

Chad vote counting begins after tense first Sahel presidential poll since coups

CHAD deployed dozens of security forces in the capital amid rising tensions as polls closed and vote counting began in the first presidential election in Africa's Sahel region since a wave of coups. Soldiers and riot police patrolled the streets alongside at least 30 armoured and other military vehicles in the opposition-friendly southern neighbourhoods of the capital N'Djamena, according to Reuters reporters. The streets, normally bustling in the final hours of voting, were quiet. At least one voter was killed in the Central African country's second-largest city Moundou, south N'Djamena, after unidentified gunmen opened fire at a polling station, Chadian media reported. Nomads,…
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South Africa’s security forces once brutally entrenched apartheid. It’s been a rocky road to reform

South Africa’s security forces once brutally entrenched apartheid. It’s been a rocky road to reform

ONE of the important tasks that faced South Africa’s democratic government after 1994 was to reform the apartheid-era security apparatus. The African National Congress (ANC), which was voted into power, had a laudable vision in the 1990s for reforming the police, military and intelligence services. Determined that South Africans would never again be subject to the brutality of the security forces, it ensured that the core principles it stood for were written into the country’s democratic constitution. Putting the vision and principles into practice, however, has not been easy, and fraught with setbacks. Over time, the abuse of power, a…
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Senegal battles first major wave of unrest over vote delay

Senegal battles first major wave of unrest over vote delay

CLASHES between security forces and protesters gripped Senegal's capital and other cities, the first widespread unrest over the delay of a presidential election that many fear could lead to protracted instability. Less than three weeks before the February 25 vote, parliament voted to push it back to December, sealing an extension of President Macky Sall's mandate that has raised concerns that one of the remaining democracies in coup-hit West Africa is under threat. In the capital Dakar, police in riot gear fired tear gas, stun grenades and what appeared to be rubber bullets at large crowds of protesters who were burning tyres…
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Congo governor tells security forces to leave home of presidential runner-up Katumbi

Congo governor tells security forces to leave home of presidential runner-up Katumbi

AUTHORITIES in the Democratic Republic of Congo ordered security forces to leave the home of main opposition politician Moise Katumbi, which they had surrounded in what the provincial governor called a "faux pas". A spokesman for Katumbi, who came second in disputed presidential elections last month, said earlier on Monday that security forces had surrounded his secondary home in the southern province of Upper Katanga, where the politician is staying, and were preventing him from leaving. Provincial Governor Jacques Kyabula Katwe condemned the incident, saying it was a "faux pas" committed by some law enforcement authorities to protect the property…
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Tunisia arrests the five Islamists who escaped from prison last week

Tunisia arrests the five Islamists who escaped from prison last week

TUNISIAN security and military forces caught five Islamists who escaped from prison last week, where they were serving time for killing two secular politicians and policemen. The interior ministry said four of the escapees were captured on a mountain near Tunis early on Tuesday, while another was arrested, with the help of citizens, two days ago in the Ettadamen neighbourhood of the capital. Security sources described the five men as "very dangerous terrorists". The government sacked top intelligence officials after their escape, which was seen as a rare security breach. Ahmed Malki, known as "the Somali", was among the five. Malki had…
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At least 20 people killed in clashes in Somaliland

At least 20 people killed in clashes in Somaliland

ABDIQANI HASSANI AT least 20 people have been killed in Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces over several days, according to a doctor at a public hospital. For more than a week police and the military have been battling the protesters in Laascaanood, a town in Somaliland's east which is disputed between Somaliland and neighbouring Puntland, one of Somalia's semi-autonomous regions. Mohamed Farah, a doctor at Laascaanood Hospital, a public facility in Laascaanood, told Reuters at least 20 people had been killed and dozens injured. He said he had seen the bodies of…
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Ethiopian rights body says security forces killed at least 76 in summer unrest after musician’s killing

Ethiopian rights body says security forces killed at least 76 in summer unrest after musician’s killing

ETHIOPIA’S state-appointed human rights commission says security forces killed at least 76 people and wounded nearly 200 during violent unrest in June and July that followed the killing of a popular singer. The commission also detailed brutality by civilians involved in the clashes, saying some attackers beheaded and tortured people after dragging them from their homes and using ethnic slurs. The "widespread and systematic attack" on civilians by attackers constituted crimes against humanity, the commission said. Its report on the violence, some of the worst in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018, said a total of…
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Zimbabwe businesses closed, streets deserted on day of protests

Zimbabwe businesses closed, streets deserted on day of protests

ZIMBABWE's businesses were shut and streets deserted in the capital Harare early on Friday as security forces increased patrols to stop anti-government protests called by activists over corruption and economic hardship. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is under pressure to revive a stricken economy, has said the protests constitute an "insurrection" by the opposition. In central Harare and nearby Mbare township - a hotbed of past protests - businesses, including banks and supermarkets, were shut as police and soldiers patrolled the streets. "Workers were told not to come today just in case there was trouble," said a security guard, who identified…
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LGBT persecution on the rise in Cameroon, Human Rights Watch says

LGBT persecution on the rise in Cameroon, Human Rights Watch says

CAMEROON security forces have arrested, threatened or assaulted at least 24 people since February in a ramped-up crackdown on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday. The rights group said recent documented accounts of abuse, including that of a 17-year old boy, point to an overall rise of police action against LGBT+ people in Cameroon, where same-sex relations are criminalised. Cameroon authorities did not respond to Reuters requests for comments. HRW said it shared its report with Cameroon's justice, and defence ministries, and the head of police. It received no response to a March…
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