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Burundi says suspects in killing of general arrested BUJUMBURA: Burundi's prosecutor on Sunday said the killers of a powerful general loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza had been identified and "a certain number" had been arrested.General Adolphe Nshimirimana, widely seen as Burundi's de-facto internal security chief, was killed in a rocket attack on August 2. He was a close aide of President Nkurunziza, whose successful bid for a third term has fuelled violence resulting in about a hundred deaths, a crackdown on protests and an exodus of citizens fleeing the country."The identities of the perpetrators are now known," a statement issued by the prosecutor's office said. "A certain number have been arrested. The rest of them and the masterminds are being sought."It did not give further details. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye confirmed the authenticity of the statement to AFP but did not elaborate.The president had given the security forces a week to catch Nshimirimana's killers.The prosecutor said a military ...

Mali hotel siege ends, hostages freed BAMAKO: Malian special forces backed by French soldiers ended the siege of a hotel in central Mali early on Saturday, freeing four hostages being held there by suspected militants, a defence ministry spokesman said."It seems to be over and it has ended well," said Colonel Diaran Kon?. "We freed the four hostages. But unfortunately we also found three bodies at the site."He did not give the nationalities of the freed hostages or the dead. Ukraine ...
Ivory Coast election to be 'peaceful', vows president ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast's presidential election will take place in a "peaceful climate", President Alassane Ouattara said Thursday in Abidjan, ahead of October 25 polls seen to be crucial for stability after a decade of political and military crisis."I am committed to ensuring that these elections be free, open, transparent and democratic," Ouattara said in a national address on the eve of celebrations set for Friday marking the 55th anniversary of independence from France. "I will ...
S.Africa's mining sector in trouble, economics minister says JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's mining sector is in "trouble" as it struggles with widespread job losses and lower commodity prices, Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel said on Wednesday.President Jacob Zuma's government was due to hold an urgent meeting with mining houses and trade unions later in the day after companies announced they would have to retrench workers to counter high costs."The mining industry is in trouble," Patel said on Talk Radio 702, citing the recent ...
Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine PARIS: An Ebola test vaccine provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, researchers said on Friday, possibly heralding "the beginning of the end" for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands.The serum was 100 percent effective after a week in more than 7,600 people inoculated, according to results published in The Lancet medical journal and hailed as "extremely promising" by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Margaret Chan.The world was "on the ...
Female suicide bomber blows herself up in NE Nigeria market KANO: A female suicide bomber blew herself up Friday at a big market in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a vigilante and a witness said."There had been a suicide attack on Gamboru market this morning. It was a female suicide bomber. The attack happened around 6:30 am (0530 GMT) as the grocers were arriving in the market which starts early," said the vigilante, Babakura Kolo.There is no immediate information on the number of victims, ...
Boko Haram fighters behead three in Cameroon raid YAOUNDÉ: Three villagers were beheaded during weekend raids in Cameroon by Boko Haram insurgents from neighbouring Nigeria, who killed another four people in a separate raid overnight, security forces said Monday.The first attack took place on Sunday in the neighbouring villages of Tchebe-Tchebe and Dzaba, about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the Nigerian border, said a security agent based in the region.The beheadings took place in Tchebe-Tchebe.The assailants also set fire to land owned by ...


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