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Two foreign workers abducted in Nigeria

Nigeria: Two foreigners working for Nigerian oil services company Lonestar were kidnapped in the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria on Friday, police and security sources said.   "Two foreigners were abducted. They were working for Lonestar Drilling Company," said Rita Inoma-Abbey, spokeswoman for Rivers state police command. She said...

Horseback attacks UN force in Darfur

Darfur (Sudan): Armed men on horseback have attacked and stolen the weapons of Nigerian UN peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region. The joint UN-African Union troops were ambushed by up to 60 men armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades on Wednesday, the Unamid peace force said. It is not clear who was behind the attack, which has been...

Kenya arrests 19 people in 'witch' killing

Kenya: Nineteen people have been arrested in Kenya in connection with the burning of 11 people accused of being witches.   A police spokesman told reporters that those arrested may not have been involved in the killings but possibly incited the attacks. Eight women and three men, aged between 80 and 96, were burned to death in the western...

Cape Town came under attack as violence spreads in SA

South Africa: Violence against foreigners in South Africa spread to Cape Town overnight with people assaulted and shops looted.   "Groups within the crowd started to loot shops owned by Zimbabweans and other foreigners," police spokesman Billy Jones told news agency. He said hundreds of African migrants had fled Cape Town's Du Noon...

US, Somalia violate child rights treaty

Somalia: The US and Somali are the only nations in the world that have not yet ratified the 1998 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).   Washington signed the global treaty six years ago but continues to violate its terms, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on Wednesday. It said the US military recruiters target children...

Somali pirates claim hijacked ship carries arms

Somalia: Somali pirates who hijacked a Jordanian vessel last weekend now claim that it is carrying arms to Somalia and must be opened to verify its cargo.   Seafarers assistance programme coordinator, Andrew Mwangura said the new development was likely to delay the release of the 12 crew members, who include three Kenyans. Mr Mwangura, who...

Road mishap kills 43 Nigerian troops

Nigeria: At least 43 Nigerian soldiers have been killed in a road accident in the north of the country, according to the Nigerian military.   The soldiers were in a convoy of vehicles travelling to their base when one of the vehicles collided with an oncoming petrol tanker in Yobe state. An army spokesman said Thursday others were injured and...

Immigrants leave South Africa over violence

Johannesburg (South Africa): More than 10,000 Mozambicans have fled home from South Africa to escape xenophobic attacks that have killed at least 42 people, officials in the neighbouring country said on Wednesday. Soldiers backed police in early morning raids in Johannesburg and air force helicopters patrolled Alexandra township after President...

Somali army's training delayed due to confilt within

Somalia: Plans to train 1,000 Somali soldiers in Tanzania have hit a snag because of power struggles in the transitional Somali government. According to The Citizen lack of funds to pay for transportation and allowances for the soldiers has also been identified as another reason behind the one-year delay. Sources in the diplomatic cycles...

Somalia: Two Italian aid workers abducted

Somalia: Somali gunmen stormed the office of an aid group and kidnapped two Italian aid workers and a Somali colleague on Wednesday, officials and residents said.   In the latest abduction of foreigners, the gunmen blindfolded the guards, then abducted the aid workers at the offices in Awdigle town, 65 km (40 miles) south of the capital...

Somalia piracy: Hijackers demand ransom

Somalia: Cargo vessel MY Victoria, which was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia last Saturday, has been located at Garaad, north of Mogadishu.   The UAE-based operator of the vessel, Marwan Shipping, has told the televission that the crew is safe and that the hijackers have made a ransom demand. The company is in talks with the...

Somalia violence kills 10 troops

Somalia: Suspected Islamic insurgents in two separate attacks killed 10 soldiers in and near the Somali capital Tuesday, witnesses said.   Mogadishu resident Hassan Mohamed said that, after an explosion in a southern neighborhood of Mogadishu, he saw the bodies of two Somali soldiers and three of their Ethiopian allies. About 15 kilometers (9...

Mob burns 11 people to death in western Kenya

Nairobi (Kenya): A mob in western Kenya has burned to death 11 people suspected of being witches and wizards.   Deputy police spokesman Charles Owino says the mob hunted down the eight women and three men in two villages in the western Kenya district of Kisii Central. Owino says most of the victims were between 70 and 90 years old. Senior...

Clashes with rebels kill 22 soldiers in Sudan

Sudan: At least 22 Sudanese soldiers have been killed and 45 wounded in fighting with former southern rebels in the oil-rich town of Abyei.   "Twenty-two Sudan Armed Forces soldiers were killed and 45 were injured" in a six hour battle Tuesday, said Brigadier General Muntasser Sabil Adam, commander of government forces in Abyei on...

South Africa violence touches Durban

Johannesburg (South Africa): Violence against foreigners in South Africa's black areas has spread to the port of Durban where a mob wielding clubs and broken bottles threatened a group of Nigerian residents in one of the city's townships.   Police said no-one had been hurt but property belonging to the Nigerians had been damaged. News of the...