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Niger president sacks army chief after a string of heavy casualties

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou has replaced the head of the army after two of the country’s deadliest attacks in living memory killed at least 160 soldiers and prompted a rethink in the battle against jihadist groups, the government said.Ahmed...

Death toll from last attack on Niger army base rises to at least 89

The death toll from Thursday’s attack by suspected jihadists on a Niger army base has risen to at least 89, four security sources said, surpassing a raid last month that killed 71 soldiers as the deadliest against Nigerien forces...

Suspected Islamists hit Niger military again killing 25 soldiers

Islamic militants carried out large assault on Niger’s military Thursday, leaving at least 25 soldiers dead along with dozens of jihadists only a month after the worst attack of its kind in years, the military said.The latest violence blamed...

Rocket hit UN base in northern Mali injuring 20

Twenty people were wounded on Thursday in northern Mali’s restive Kidal region, including 18 U.N. peacekeepers, in a rocket attack on a military base for U.N., French and Malian forces, a U.N. spokesman said.Six of the peacekeepers from the...

Four al Shabaab militants killed in US strikes in Somalia

The United States military said it killed four "terrorists" in airstrikes against the al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia on Sunday, a day after the country's deadliest attack in two years.US Africa Command (AFRICOM) conducted three airstrikes in two locations...

Fourteen Nigerien troops killed in deadly ambush

Fourteen troops were killed when “heavily-armed terrorists” ambushed a convoy in the western Niger region of Tillaberi, the interior ministry said Thursday.“After a fierce battle... seven police and seven national guards were killed” Wednesday, it said in a statement.“A...

French forces in Mali kill 33 militants

French forces killed 33 militants in Mali on Saturday using attack helicopters, ground troops and a drone near the border with Mauritania where a group linked to al Qaeda operates, the French army said.French President Emmanuel Macron announced the...

Burkina Faso army kills 20 Islamic militants after attacks

Burkina Faso’s armed forces says soldiers have killed at least 20 militants after gunmen launched simultaneous overnight attacks on military positions.The office of the armed forces commander general said in a statement Tuesday that 20 other unidentified gunmen were...

Jihadists attack on a Burkina Faso church kills at least 14

At least 14 people including teenagers were shot dead in an attack on a church in eastern Burkina Faso during mass on Sunday morning, according to a security source and local officialsThe identity of the gunmen was not yet...

Islamic State affiliate in Mali claims responsibility for French helicopter crash

An Islamic State group affiliate claimed responsibility Thursday for a helicopter collision that killed 13 French soldiers earlier this week in Mali, while France said it will reassess its military operation in West and Central Africa after its deadliest...
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Two killed, 20 wounded as suicide bomber detonates near Somali capital

At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted a...
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South African man shoots his wife, son and mother then himself

The Secunda community in South Africa is reeling in shock after a man Carel Naude, shot his wife, their disabled child, his own mother...

Museum in Benin rep. celebrates return of stolen artifacts from France

More than two years after France promised to return colonial-era treasures to their African homes, Benin — ostensibly the first recipient of the groundbreaking...

Suspense in Guinea-Bissau as Supreme Court calls for clarification of presidential vote result

The outcome of Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election was thrown into doubt on Friday after the Supreme Court called for a clarification of the tally hours...

Eastern Libya halts more than half the country’s oil output

Eastern Libya ports controlled by commander Khalifa Haftar, who is trying to seize the capital Tripoli, are shutting down oil exports, slashing national crude...