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Armed group kills 52 in a Mozambique village: Police

Young people ‘massacred’ in gas-rich Cabo Delgado province after they refused to join the group, police say. An armed group in northern Mozambique killed at least 52 people in a village on April 7 after residents refused to join them, police said. “The criminals tried to recruit young people to join their ranks, but there was […]

Hundreds of Tunisians stranded in Libya cross border

IOM chief says Tunisians used force to cross border while Tunisian interior ministry says authorities let them in. Hundreds of Tunisians, stranded in war-wracked Libya for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, have crossed back into their country, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Tunisia’s interior ministry said. IOM’s chief of mission in Libya, Federico Soda, […]

Crew of Singapore-owned container ship 'kidnapped by pirates' off Benin

BERLIN (AFP) – Eight crew members of a Singapore-owned container ship are missing and thought to have been kidnapped after it was stormed by pirates off Benin, the ship’s German management firm said on Tuesday (April 21). Shipping firm Transeste said that the vessel, the Tommi Ritscher, had been boarded on Sunday while at anchor […]

Armed bandits kill at least 47 in Nigeria's Katsina state: Police

Police say several villages in Nigeria’s northwestern Katsina state attacked early on Saturday. Armed bandits have killed at least 47 people in attacks on several villages in the northwestern Nigerian state of Katsina. The attacks took place in the early hours of Saturday, between 12:30am (23:30 GMT Friday) and around 3am (02:00GMT), Katsina police said in […]

Out of school, forced to fight: Children pay price for Sahel war

Escalating violence, lack of schooling put minors at higher risk of being recruited by armed groups and child marriage. Mopti, Mali – Djan Diagahate was 12 years old last year when he watched a group of gunmen storm his village in central Mali and burn it to the ground. His home and his school – […]

Several killed as Libya's GNA forces approach Haftar stronghold

Government spokesman says GNA-aligned forces overran a camp manned by Haftar’s forces, seizing several vehicles. Libya’s internationally-recognised government has said its forces have killed eight fighters loyal to eastern-based renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar.  The announcement by military spokesman Mohamed Gnunu on Saturday came as forces aligned with the United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord […]

More than two dozen killed in DR Congo armed attack

At least 28 people die in two separate attacks in eastern DRC, raising fears of an ethnic conflict escalation. More than two dozen people were killed in two separate attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a region in the grip of militia violence, officials said on Wednesday. “CODECO assailants attacked the people of […]

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting elections in Africa?

As COVID-19 spreads in the continent, Ethiopia postpones August vote while Guinea goes ahead with disputed referendum. Back in February, things did not look too promising for Peter Mutharika, Malawi’s 79-year-old president. The country’s constitutional court had just annulled the May 2019 vote that declared him the winner by a narrow margin, citing widespread “irregularities”. […]

Up to 20 Malian soldiers killed in attack on military base

Fighters attacked a military base in the northern town of Bamba early on Monday, according to officials and a witness. At least 20 Malian soldiers have been killed in an armed attack, local politicians and a military official said, in the latest bout of violence in the West African nation. Fighters attacked a military base […]

Crisis in The Sahel Becoming France’s Forever War

Riding along with French troops hunting Islamist militants in France’s unwinnable West African war. French Foreign Legion soldiers from the Operation Barkhane Counterterrorism Force taking positions as Merlin helicopters land in the Liptako-Gourma zone in northeastern Mali.Credit… Supported by By Ruth Maclean Photographs by Finbarr O’Reilly AWAGATE FOREST, MALI — For two days, dozens of […]