Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Nigeria: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau killed himself, says Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP)


Abubakar Shekau, the head of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, had killed himself, rival Islamist militants said in an audiotape.

According to recordings received by news agencies from Boko Haram on Sunday, the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau killed himself in a confrontation against rival jihadist fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), two weeks after reports emerged that he had died.

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Ethiopia: Ethiopia rejects calls for ceasefire in Tigray claiming victory is near


The Ethiopian government has defiantly brushed aside international calls for a ceasefire in the northern province of Tigray, saying its forces are close to “finalising operations” and will soon eliminate all armed opposition.

In recent days the US, United Nations, UK and many European states have called for a pause in hostilities to allow humanitarian organisations to reach millions of people who observers say face famine.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo: At least 50 killed in attacks on two villages


At least 50 people have been killed in two overnight attacks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s deeply troubled east, a military official and monitors said.

A local official blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which has been linked to the ISIL (ISIS) group. Military spokesman Jules Ngongo told the dpa news agency that ADF fighters attacked the villages of Boga and Tchabi in the eastern Ituri region.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap 150 students from Islamic school


An armed gang have abducted as many as 150 students from an Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger with one person shot dead.

Armed groups carrying out kidnapping for ransom have been blamed for raids on schools and universities in northern Nigeria in recent months, abducting more than 700 students since December.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Mali: Military junta leader colonel Assimi Goita declares himself president


The leader of Mali’s 2020 coup, Col. Assimi Goita, has declared himself the country’s President, hours after the release of Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and President Bah Ndaw from custody.

President Bah N’Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were arrested Monday, along with other government leaders, hours after naming a new Cabinet that did not include two major former junta leaders.

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