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Mali landmine kills UN peacekeeper, wounds four others BAMAKO: A landmine explosion hit a vehicle carrying UN peacekeepers from Chad on patrol in northeastern Mali on Sunday, killing one and seriously wounding four others, the UN mission in Mali said. The incident near Aguelhok town followed an apparently similar explosion in the same area on Sept. 2 in which four peacekeepers were killed and 15 wounded."These attacks on the United Nations constitute war crimes whose authors will be brought to justice. The United Nations will not let itself be intimidated as it defends civilians and the territorial integrity of Mali," said Albert Koenders, head of the UN force, which is known by its acronym, MINUSMA. Peacekeepers continue to be targeted in sporadic attacks despite a successful intervention led by France last year that drove back Islamists who had taken advantage of a separatist uprising to seize Mali's desert north.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Uganda seizes explosives, suicide vests KAMPALA: Police in the Ugandan capital Kampala seized "substantial amounts of explosives" and suicide vests in raids on a suspected al Shabaab cell that was planning an imminent attack, a Ugandan official said in an interview on Sunday.Police arrested 19 people in the operation on Saturday, and Information Minister Rose Namayanja urged the public to "remain vigilant" as Uganda continues its investigation into the planned attack. "The operation is still going on," Namayanja said. "We ...
Fourth Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola FREETOWN: A fourth Sierra Leonean doctor, a woman, died Sunday after contracting the dreaded Ebola virus, the country's chief medical officer told AFP.Doctor Olive Buck, who was in charge of Lumley Government Hospital in the capital's west end, tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday and was admitted to the Connaught Hospital in central Freetown."It's another sad loss for the profession," Sierra Leone's chief medical officer Brima Kargbo told AFP by telephone. "The ministry of health ...
17 killed in Nigeria church building collapse: rescuers LAGOS: Seventeen people were killed when a building collapsed at the megachurch of one of Nigeria's most famous preachers and televangelists, the country's main rescue body said on Saturday.Ibrahim Farinloye, southwest coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told AFP in a text message that the death toll was 17.Another 124 people were rescued alive from the rubble of the building in the Ikotun area of Lagos.The agency said earlier that at least three ...
US Embassy in Uganda tells citizens to seek shelter KAMPALA: The US Embassy in Uganda told its citizens to seek safety on Saturday, warning that local authorities had uncovered a "terrorist cell" run by Somali militant group al Shabaab, which they believed was planning an imminent attack. Ugandan police later said it had foiled an attack in central Kampala and was increasing security at hotels and other public places, but declined to say who was behind the attack. The Embassy, in a statement published ...
Congo opposition pledges more protests after govt crackdown KINSHASA: Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition pledged to escalate its campaign against a possible third term for President Joseph Kabila after police dispersed a protest march with teargas in the capital Kinshasa on Saturday. Anti-government protests were suppressed in at least three other towns, the opposition said. In Butembo, in the eastern province of North Kivu, police fired teargas and threw stones at protesters, according to Fabrice Kakubuzi, a local civil society coordinator.Provincial authorities in ...
Uganda stepping up security at hotels: police KAMPALA: Ugandan police said on Saturday that security was being stepped up at hotels and public places after authorities foiled a suspected "terror plot" in the centre of the capital Kampala."We're increasing patrols in the city, major towns and other vulnerable places," Fred Enanga, spokesman for Uganda Police told a press conference in Kampala. The US Embassy in Uganda had earlier issued a statement saying the Ugandan authorities had uncovered a "terrorist cell" run by ...


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