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Nigeria military invade community burns homes after sea pirates attack

Nigerian soldiers torched more than 20 homes in a community in the oil-rich Niger Delta after "suspected pirates" killed six people, security sources and residents said on Tuesday.Gunmen on Sunday attacked a gunboat escorting a vessel in the volatile...

Over 20 Nigerians die in stampede at a refugee camp in Diffa, Niger

At least 20 Nigerian refugees, many of them women and children, have been killed in a stampede in Diffa south-eastern Niger, 10 sustained varying injuries reports say.Refugees from neighbouring Nigeria were queuing for food and money in the town...

Islamists attack church in Burkina Faso, killing pastor, 23 members

Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation.The mayor of Boundore...

Liberia groan under month long biting fuel shortage

Liberia is marking one month since a chronic petrol shortage hit the country, the streets are generally deserted - petrol stations are the only busy places and some crammed with vehicles waiting in the hope that some fuel may...

21 dead or missing in fresh militia attack in Mali

At least 21 people were dead or missing on Friday after an attack on a village that was the scene last year of Mali’s worst civilian massacre in recent memory, the government said.A government statement did not say who...

Gold mining in northern Mali may be benefiting extremists

A gold rush is underway in an area of northern Mali where al-Qaeda-linked fighters are active, raising concerns that profits from artisanal mining could benefit not only the local economy but also Islamic extremists.A coalition of armed Tuareg rebels...

Nigeria Supreme Court sacks Bayelsa governor-elect, declares PDP winner – Punch

The Supreme Court on Thursday nullified the election of Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, who were already preparing to be inaugurated into office.A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary...

Senegal’s president defends LGBT record during Canada PM visit

Senegal's president Macky Sall on Wednesday defended his country's ban on same-sex activity, saying during a visit from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that it "has nothing to do with" homophobia.More than half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa...

Family of 16 burnt alive by suspected Islamist terror group in Kaduna, Nigeria

Reports from various media in Nigeria say 16 members of the same family have been burned to death during an attack in Bakali Village, Fatika District, Kaduna State.Witnesses said they were locked in a room before their house was...

Mali president says in talk with Jihadist leaders

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has confirmed that his government is in contact with al-Qaeda-linked extremist leaders as the country faces her worst violence since the crisis began in 2012, according to an interview with French media.While attending an...
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