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12 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny: court martial ABUJA: Twelve Nigerian soldiers were on Tuesday sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the restive northeast city of Maiduguri earlier this year.A nine-member military tribunal, sitting in Abuja, convicted the soldiers following the incident on May 14 when shots were fired at the commanding officer of the Nigerian Army's 7th Division, which is tasked with fighting Boko Haram insurgents.Court president Brigadier General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo said the sentences were subject to confirmation by Nigeria's military authorities but added there was no doubt about the gravity of the offence.The panel considered "its likely effect on the counter-insurgency operations in the northeast as well as its implications on national security", he told the court.- Equipment shortage -Nigeria's army has been under pressure to end the bloody five-year insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, made tens of thousands of others homeless and seen the militants ...

Separatists vow to speak with single voice in Mali talks ALGIERS: Malian separatist militias agreed Sunday to speak with a "single voice" in talks with Bamako on ending conflicts that still rage a year after Mali returned to democracy.The APS news agency in Algeria, which is hosting a second round of talks between separatist groups and Malian government representatives, announced the move."Now it's one voice who will speak on behalf of the people of Azawad (northern Mali)," APS reported Ibrahim Ag Mohamed Salah, president of ...
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 ...
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 ...


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