Burkina Faso Blast Kills Six, Mostly Children

 

At least six people, mostly children, died when an improvised explosive device went off in northern Burkina Faso, security sources and local officials said on Sunday.

The IED, which exploded as the group’s cart was passing late Saturday, also injured four others, they said.

Northern Burkina Faso is notorious for jihadist attacks which have killed more than 1,000 people there and displaced about a million more since 2015.

The victims were “nearly all children who were returning from grazing their livestock”, a local in Ouahigouya said. “The cart which carried some of them rolled over a mine.”

IED attacks have multiplied since 2018, killing nearly 200 military personnel and civilians, according to an AFP tally. Such attacks are often combined with an ambush.

Jihadist violence, which is often accompanied by inter-community strife, has killed more than 4,000 people in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, according to United Nations figures.

AFP

Gunmen Kill 13 Family Members, One Other In Kogi

 

Gunmen on Wednesday invaded Agbudu community in Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State, killing 14 persons with six others injured.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ede Ayuba, confirmed the attack to journalists in Lokoja, the state capital.

According to him, the dead victims include 13 members of the same family and one other person.

“Fourteen people were killed and six people were fatally injured. The sad thing is that out of these 14 dead bodies that were brought out, 13 are from one family,” the police commissioner said.

Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba, reacts to the killing of 14 people by gunmen on July 29, 2020.

 

He added, “But in the interim, I want to give you that assurance that we are not going to relent in our efforts.

“We will make sure that we get to the root of anything that is behind the killings around that zone.”

The scene of the attack in Kogi State on July 29, 2020.

 

Ayuba said as soon as he got wind of the situation, he quickly dispatched a team of police operatives, including the Divisional Police Officer in the area to the community.

He, however, explained that the gunmen fled the area before the arrival of security personnel.

Residents of Agbudu community in Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State, have been thrown into mourning following the killing of 14 persons on July 29, 2020.

 

Ayuba pledged that the State Police Command would not relent in its efforts to tracking the perpetrators of the crime.

The commissioner said that the police had carried out some preliminary investigations and discovered that there had been long-standing communal feud in the community.

He noted that the police authorities are investigating the attack, adding that the paramount ruler adding that the real cause of the violence will be revealed soon.

11 Persons Killed in Another Kaduna Attack

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.

 

At least 11 people have been reported killed by gunmen in another attack in Gora Gan Village of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The latest attack comes barely 24 hours after 21 people were killed by bandits at Kukum Daji village in neighbouring Kaura Local Government Area.

Police authorities have yet to confirm the latest attack, but the Chairman of Zango Kataf Local government Area, Ezekiel Manzah told Channels Television that the attack happened on Monday evening.

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The attack was carried out by gunmen suspected to be members of a Fulani militia.

Zango Kataf is one of the 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State. It is located in Southern Kaduna. Photo: Google Earth.

Manzah said 11 bodies have been recovered while several others are still missing.

The council chairman is worried that the gunmen stormed the village despite a curfew imposed by the Kaduna State government.

Only last week, 24 people were killed by bandits in what seemed like coordinated attacks in three communities of Zango Kataf Local Government Area.

Gunmen Kill 21 In Fresh Kaduna Village Attack

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.

 

At least 21 people have been reported killed while 28 others sustained various degrees of injuries when gunmen attacked Kukum Daji Village of Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday night.

While the State Police Command is yet to confirm the incident, the President of the Community, Mr. Yashen Titus told Channels Television that the gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen, invaded the venue of a wedding party in the community at about 10 pm on Sunday night.

Titus, who explained that the suspected herdsmen opened fire on the people who attended the party, said 19 people died on the spot while two others later died at the hospital.

The remaining injured ones according to him were rushed to the Barau Dikko teaching hospital and other clinics in the state capital for treatment.

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Kaduna has been experiencing a series of attacks with a recent one carried out two weeks ago.

No fewer than 38 persons lost their lives in separate attacks on two villages in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna state on July 7.

The Council Chairman, Emmanuel Adamu, who confirmed the attack, said the gunmen unleashed mayhem on Ankpon Village in Nandu and Kabamu Village in Fadan Karshi, all of Numana district.

While describing the incident as unfortunate, he said the gunmen killed 38 persons including women and children.

15 Killed In Fresh Katsina Attack

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

Bandits have killed 15 farmers at Yar Gamji village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Residents in the affected community told Channels Television that the victims were killed while working on their various farmlands when the bandits attacked at about 10:00 am on Monday.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident saying, “It’s true that 15 people were killed in an attack in their various farmlands far away from Yar Gamji.”

He explained that the bandits pursued the farmers to the forest, shooting and killing them.

“The bandits numbering over 200 came on motorcycles armed with AK 47 rifles pursuing them (the farmers) even to the forest, shooting and killing them.

“A mop up after revealed the 15 corpses. At present, our people are on ground and I am expecting a detailed report on their confrontation with the bandits,” he added.

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The attack comes few hours after the Nigerian Army flagged off ‘Exercise Sahel Sanity’ to mitigate the spate of insecurity in the north western states of the country.

The exercise was launched in Faskari, one of the front-line Local Government Areas of Katsina, the exercise is aimed at restoring peace in the regions.

Speaking during the official flag off of ceremony on the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai announced that the exercise is carefully designed to flush out armed bandits, terrorist groups and other criminal elements hibernating in the forests of Dumburum, Gando, Subobo and Kagara in Katsina, Zamfara and parts of Sokoto states.

30 Villagers Dead After Armed Men Attacks In Mali

File: Malian soldiers ride in a Malian army pickup truck in Diabaly January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

 

Armed men have killed at least 30 villagers in Mali in simultaneous attacks on several villages in the conflict-riven centre of the country, local officials said on Friday.

The attacks took place on Wednesday in the Bankass region, but were not immediately confirmed because of the difficulty in accessing information from the area.

Officials did not immediately blame any group, but central Mali has become one of the flashpoints of the country’s conflict, with regular jihadist assaults and intercommunal fighting between ethnic groups.

Armed uniformed men travelling in pick-up trucks attacked four villages populated by Dogon ethnic groups, one local official said by telephone, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

“From 3 to 9 pm, nobody came to our rescue. I deplore the inaction of the army. It is always late and never confronts the bandits even if we tell them where they are,” said Youssouf Tiessogue, an elder from Gouari, one the villages attacked.

The attack left at least 30 dead, including women, children, the elderly while others were missing, local officials said.

A senior government official also speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the deaths of around 30 civilians, killed by gunmen in several villages.

Unrest in central Mali has killed nearly 600 civilians this year, the United Nations said last month.

Clashes between the ethnic Fulani and Dogon communities have increased in recent months, with community-based militias — initially formed for defence — now launching attacks.

Mali’s war erupted in 2012 when Tuareg rebels supported by armed Islamists took over the desert north of the West African country. The rebels were then outmanoeuvred by their Islamist allies and the French military intervened to force them back.

The conflict has since swept into the centre of Mali and spilled into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger, inflaming ethnic tensions.

More than 5,000 French troops, a regional G5 Sahel military cooperation deal and a UN peacekeeper mission in Mali have not been enough to contain the violence.

 

Suspected Thugs Attack FMC Lokoja

 

There are conflicting reports trailing the attack on the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Some suspected thugs were said to have invaded the facility armed with dangerous weapons on Wednesday.

Channels Television learnt that the thugs scared the doctors and nurses on duty before destroying items worth millions of naira.

One of the health workers who spoke off-camera explained that their union had earlier intended to stage a protest over lack of Personal Protective Equipment against COVID-19.

But an eyewitness says the attack was carried out by angry relatives of a woman in labour who was reportedly denied by medical personnel at the hospital.

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Nine Killed, Six Injured In Bauchi Land Dispute

INEC Resumes Collation Exercise For Bauchi Governorship Election Today

 

Nine people have been killed and six injured following a land dispute between farmers and herders in Malunje, Zadawa village area in Hardawa district of Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The Local Government Authority is also said to be caught up in the dispute resulting to the death of some of the land officers.

Channels Television learnt that the crisis broke out Monday and spilled into Tuesday morning when some aggrieved persons carried out a retaliation attack.

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When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ahmad Wakili, confirmed the incident.

He said the police has since dispatched a team from the tactical unit to the area and calm has returned.

Meanwhile, some of the injured persons are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center in Azare.

Three Feared Dead In Fresh Katsina Attack

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

Three persons have been feared dead in a fresh attack on Maikwama village, Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Channels Television reliably gathered that the bandits raided the village in the early hours of Monday while it was raining.

The hoodlums also carted away an unspecified number of cattle and food items worth millions of naira during the attack.

READ ALSO: Bandits Kill 23 Vigilante Members In Zamfara Village Attack

When contacted, the spokesman for the State Police Command, Gambo Isah, declined comment on the incident.

Isah maintained that he has to confirm the attack from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Dandume police station before reacting.

UN Condemns Monguno, Nganzai Attacks

A photo of the United Nations emblem
A photo of the United Nations emblem

 

The Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, has. condemned the violent attacks in Monguno and Nganzai LGAs of Borno State yesterday.

In a statement issued on Sunday Kallon said he is saddened by the killing of many civilians, including a four-year-old girl. At least 37 other civilians were injured and a major humanitarian facility was damaged.”

“I am deeply saddened by the news that many civilians, including an innocent child, lost their lives in these horrific attacks. My deepest condolences go to their family. Those who were injured are also in my thoughts and I wish them a speedy recovery,” said Mr Kallon. “I am appalled by the continued violent attacks launched by non-state armed groups in civilian areas in Borno State.”

On 13 June, non-state armed group operatives aboard light trucks mounted with heavy artillery raided Goni Usmanti community in Nganzai LGA before penetrating the town of Monguno around 11.45 a.m. from two different entry points, resulting in clashes with the military which lasted for about two hours. The armed assailants reached the humanitarian hub, where over 50 aid workers were present at the time of the attack.

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Though the facility only sustained light damage, initial reports indicate it was directly targeted and an unexploded projectile was found at the gate. All UN and INGO vehicles in front of the humanitarian hub, which includes humanitarian offices and accommodation, were set ablaze. Protective security measures deployed at the hub prevented any harm to the staff inside.

“I am relieved all staff are safe and secure, but I am shocked by the intensity of this attack. It is the latest of too many clashes affecting civilians, humanitarian actors, and the assistance we provide,” stressed the Humanitarian Coordinator. “Civilians and aid workers, their facilities and assets should never be a target and must be protected and respected at all times. I continue to call on all parties to respect and protect civilians and humanitarian personnel in accordance with international humanitarian law.”

On 18 January, another humanitarian hub in the town of Ngala, near the border to Cameroon, was the target of a complex assault by non-state armed groups. An entire section of the facility was burned down as well as one of the few vehicles UN agencies rely on for the delivery of aid. Humanitarian hubs, managed by IOM for the humanitarian community, are critical to reaching the most vulnerable in insecure areas in Borno State. They enable aid workers to deliver assistance and carry out life-saving activities in remote locations amid challenging operational environments.

Such incidents impede the ability for aid workers to stay and deliver assistance to the people most in need in these remote areas. Twenty-five aid organisations are providing assistance to more than 150,000 internally displaced persons in the town of Monguno, in the north-eastern part of Borno State. The United Nations and NGO partners in Nigeria are working to bring urgent aid and curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe where 10.6 million people are in need of assistance.

Three Days After Attack, Fresh Rockets Hit Iraq Base Housing US Troops

Iraq on the map

 

A fresh spate of rockets targeted an Iraqi base north of Baghdad on Saturday where foreign troops are deployed, Iraqi and US security sources told AFP, in a rare daytime attack.

It was the 23rd such attack since late October on installations across Iraq where American troops and diplomats are based, with the latest rounds growing deadlier.

None of the attacks has ever been claimed but the US has blamed hardline elements of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a network of armed groups incorporated into the Iraqi state.

Several Katyusha rockets were fired at the Taji airbase on Saturday, Iraqi and US military officials said.

There was no immediate information on casualties.

The US-led coalition’s surveillance capabilities have been impaired by cloudy weather in recent days, which the US official said may have contributed to the attackers’ readiness to launch the rockets during the day instead of under the cover of night.

Taji is overcrowded with members of the US-led coalition helping Iraq fight jihadist remnants, after units were moved to the air base from other installations.

It came three days after a similar attack on the base killed two American military personnel and a British soldier — the deadliest such incident at an Iraqi base in years.

The US responded Friday with air strikes on arms depots it said were used by Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iran-aligned faction within the Hashed.

At least five members of Iraq’s security forces and one civilian were killed, none of them members of the Hashed, according to Iraq’s military.

Iraq has long feared it would get caught in the spiralling tensions between Iran and the US, its two main allies.

They dramatically spiked in late 2019 when a US contractor was killed in a rocket attack on a separate base in northern Iraq, leading to retaliatory American strikes on Kataeb Hezbollah.

Days later, a US drone strike killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and Hashed deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Iraq’s parliament then voted to oust all foreign troops from the country, but the decision has not yet been implemented.

AFP

Tunisia Arrests Five Over Attack Near US Embassy

Tunisia’s flag/AFP

 

Five people have been arrested in Tunisia over a double suicide attack that killed a police officer near the US embassy in Tunis last week, the prosecution said Tuesday.

Two suicide bombers struck outside the embassy on Friday, wounding six other people and again shaking a city repeatedly hit by jihadist violence.

The five detainees were arrested on Saturday and are being held at a police station in the capital’s El Gorjani district specialising in anti-terrorism investigations, spokesman Sofiene Sliti told AFP.

Tunisian media have reported that the two suicide bombers were men from Tunis who had served their sentences after being found guilty on terror charges in 2014.

The attack on Friday at midday rocked the Berges du Lac district hosting the highly fortified embassy, causing panic among pedestrians and motorists.

A video shared later on social media shows two men in sports clothes and with caps on their heads riding a scooter up to a police van then pausing for a few seconds before an explosion.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack and authorities have not announced any other advances in their investigations.

Tunisia has been hit by multiple jihadist attacks since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

A string of deadly attacks in 2015 killed dozens of foreign tourists and security personnel.

An attack that year that killed 12 presidential guards prompted authorities to announce a state of emergency that has remained in place ever since.

AFP