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Court Orders Arrest of Army General at Nigeria

A Kaduna Chief Magistrate's Court has ordered the arrest of the Commandant of the Nigerian Army Central Workshop, Kaduna , Brigadier General A. C. Ani, for refusing to appear before the court. Ani was taken to court by a Kaduna based car dealer, Tanimu Ibrahim and Barrister Mustapha Saidu, for allegedly refusing to pay the balance of cost of a...

Principals Clash Over Elections in Zimbabwe

A ROW is brewing within the inclusive government over the timing of the next elections and the level of Sadc's involvement in any such polls as regional leaders increasingly view fresh free and fair polls as the way out of Zimbabwe's decade-long political stalemate. President Robert Mugabe has made it clear that he wants early elections with or...

Nine Bomb Suspects Released in Uganda

Nine people of Pakistani origin arrested for allegedly plotting the July 11 bombings in Kampala that killed at least 76 people, were yesterday freed from custody on police bond. Mr Boney Katatumba, Islamabad's consul here, confirmed the release of the suspects, most of them employees of Tech Access, a Pakistani-based IT company. Security agencies...

Six Fighters Killed in Northern Somalia Clashes

At least six fighters were killed in clashes between Somali militants linked to local warlord Mohamed Said Atom and security forces of the breakaway Puntland state. On Friday, fighters led by Atom raided a military base near the Galgala mountains which had been lost to Puntland on Wednesday. "The terrorists launched a hit and run attack on one of...

Zimbabwen Ministers Face Jail Over Cabinet Leaks

GOVERNMENT ministers who disclose information to the media on cabinet meetings and proceedings will be arrested together with offending journalists in a move calculated to stem "damaging leaks", the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal. Media, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu yesterday said that even though leaking cabinet details was...

Seventy Killed in Lake Albert Disaster

SEVENTY-three people are feared dead after their boat capsized on Lake Albert on Saturday night. The mishap occurred at Kakoma in Runga village, Kigolobya sub-county in Hoima district. By press time, the Police, assisted by local residents, had rescued 17 people. A body of an adult female and those of four children were recovered. The boat was...

Nigerian Ex-Militants Clash in Warri

THE Joint Task Force, JTF, on the Niger Delta deployed soldiers with two Armoured Personnel Carriers to quell a clash in Warri between the second batch of ex-militants invited for training at Obubra, Cross River State, and the group that had not yet enrolled for the programme. Trouble started when the ex-militants, who recently protested their...

Medical Union Boss Jailed Over Wife's Death in Uganda

TRADE union leader Apollo Nyangasi was yesterday charged and remanded to Luzira Prison over the murder of his wife, Christine Dambio Nyangasi. The 45-year-old Nyangasi is the national chairman of the Uganda Health and Allied Workers Union. Grade Two Magistrate of Kira Richard Nuwagira read the murder charge to Nyangasi, but warned him not to say...

17 Civilians Killed in Somalia Clashes

At least 17 civilians were killed in clashes between Islamist insurgents and Somali government troops in Mogadishu. Somalia's embattled government welcomes the African Union's decision to send more troops to Mogadishu Ambulance staff collected ten bodies of civilians and 46 wounded following clashes on Tuesday, the head of Mogadishu ambulance...

Al-Shabaab Spreads Attacks to Somalia's Puntland State

Abdirashid Mohamed Irro, the minister for commerce of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, stated yesterday that his government was aware that militias trained in Southern Somalia have been sent to cause instability in Puntland, a semi-autonomous state in Northeastern Somalia. Minister Irro said that the radical group Al Shabaab, has...

Somaliland Clashes Displace Thousands

Several thousand people in northern Somalia have been displaced in recent weeks by clashes between Somaliland troops and a new rebel group, according to local and UN sources. The armed group is called Sool, Sanaag and Cayn (SSC) after the regions it hopes to "liberate" from the government of Somaliland, a northwestern region which unilaterally...

Heavy Fighting Close to Somali President's Palace

Although this morning started with relative serenity, residents in Mogadishu's eastern districts witnessed some of the most intensive confrontations in the past months. Clashes between fighters loyal to Al-Shabaab, the most radical Islamist group opposing the Transitional Federal Government, and the pro-government forces that included the...

Mogadishu Clashes Claim 15 Lives, Dozens Injured

At least 15 people have been killed and 45 others injured in fresh clashes between Somali government forces in Somalia's restive capital, Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports. The clashes erupted in rebel-held northern districts of Abdiasis, Shibis, Karan, Daynile and Bondhere, where rebel fighters engaged in fierce gun battle with government forces...

20 Arrested Over Kampala Bombs Blasts

Close to 20 suspects have been arrested by the Police and other security agencies over Sunday's twin blasts in the city. So far, at least 76 people have died and many more sustained injuries. Police chief Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura said they were netted in numerous police swoops in various parts of the country for alleged links to the Somali al...

In Nigeria, Oil Tanker Pile-Up Kills 40

In Nigeria, a pile-up has killed 40 people along the Ife-Ibadan expressway in the south-west of the country. Many of the victims were burned beyond recognition. The Federal Road Safety Commission has traced the cause of the accident to recklessness on the part of a driver. Of the 40 lives lost, 23, including two babies, have been buried in a mass...