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Chadian troops open fire on Bangui civilians BANGUI: At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when Chadian troops opened fire on civilians in Central African Republic's capital Bangui, officials said on Sunday. The troops were driving into the city, scarred by religious conflict over the past year, to escort a convoy of Muslims back to Chad, having earlier crossed the countries' border some 500 km (300 miles) to the north in about 15 army vehicles. "When they got to the PK12 neighbourhood, they suddenly started shooting. People panicked and started running and ducking for cover," said Sebastien Wenezoui, a spokesman for the country's Christian militia, the anti-balaka. Saturday's shooting was the latest in a string of violent incidents involving Chadian troops, who the anti-balaka accuse of siding with Muslims and Seleka rebels and preying upon the local Christian population. The mainly Muslim Seleka seized power a year ago, perpetrating abuses on the majority Christian population ...

Attempted jail break at Nigeria secret police HQ ABUJA: Nigeria's secret police said on Sunday there had been an escape attempt by detainees at their headquarters, with unconfirmed reports that Boko Haram militants were involved. Department of State Services (DSS) spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar said the incident happened at 7:15 am (0615 GMT) when one of its officers went to feed the detainees. "One of the suspects attempted to disarm him by hitting him at the back of his head with his handcuff," she ...
Senegal shuts land border with Guinea DAKAR: Senegal closed its land border with Guinea on Saturday to try to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, which Guinean authorities say is suspected of killing 70 people in what would be the deadliest outbreak in seven years. The discovery of 11 people suspected to have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia in recent days has stirred concern that one of the most lethal infectious diseases known to man could spread ...
Fuel cache blows up in Egypt, killing 10 CAIRO: Ten people were killed on Saturday in Egypt when an explosion ripped through a house where a man had been hoarding state-subsidised fuel to sell in the black market. A further 37 people were wounded by the explosion in the village of Shotora in the southern province of Sohag, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Fuels including gasoline and diesel are sold at a fraction of their real price in Egypt thanks to ...
Over a million flee South Sudan conflict: UN JUBA: Over a million people in South Sudan have been forced from their homes during more than three months of ongoing fighting, with conditions continuing to worsen, the UN has warned."In the 100 days since the start of the conflict in South Sudan, over one million people have died their homes," the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report late Friday.Over 800,000 are displaced inside South Sudan, while ...
Nigeria arrests two Britons over 'oil theft plot' PORT HARCOURT: Two British nationals were among 14 people arrested on suspicion of attempted bribery in connection with an alleged plot to steal oil from a pipeline, Nigeria said. The head of the Joint Task Force (JTF) of military and police in the oil-producing Niger Delta region said the Britons allegedly tried to bribe a senior commander to facilitate the theft. Oil theft, or "bunkering", is a major problem in Nigeria, which is Africa's leading ...
President Mugabe shuns EU-Africa talks after wife not invited HARARE: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe will boycott next week's mammoth EU-Africa summit after his wife was denied a visa to enter Europe, a foreign ministry official said on Friday."We are no longer going to the EU-Africa. We disagreed on the composition of our delegation," said a source at the ministry, who asked not to be named.Harare had earlier on Friday urged the African Union to shun the summit for failing to invite all the Africa ...


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