Five Killed In Car Bombing In Somalia Capital

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Five people were killed and over a dozen injured in a car bombing near a school in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Thursday, a security official said, in the latest attack to hit the troubled country.

“There was a car bomb blast… the death of five people was confirmed and 15 others were wounded”, security official Mohamed Abdillahi told AFP, adding that 11 students were among the injured victims.

“We don’t know the target of the attack… (but) there was a private security escort vehicle passing by the area,” he added.

The director of Mogadishu’s Aamin ambulance service, Abdikadir Abdirahman, shared photos of the rubble-strewn scene on Twitter, calling the bombing “a tragedy”.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the blast, but the jihadist Al-Shabaab group has claimed other bombings in Mogadishu, including a deadly attack on Saturday that killed a prominent Somali journalist.

Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, the director of government-owned Radio Mogadishu, was a fierce critic of the Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Al-Shabaab, which has been waging a violent insurgency against the country’s fragile government since 2007, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in a statement, saying its fighters had long pursued the journalist.

Al-Shabaab controlled the capital until 2011 when it was pushed out by African Union troops, but it still holds territory in the countryside and launches frequent attacks against government and civilian targets in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

AFP

Imo Govt Condemns Killing Of Soldier, Burning Of Houses In Awommamma

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The Imo State Government has condemned the killing of a soldier and the burning of houses in Awommamma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Information and Strategy in the state, Declan Emelumba, described the crisis as “regrettable and avoidable”.

He said Governor Hope Uzodinma has ordered an immediate investigation into the ugly incident with a view to unravelling the cause of the crisis and the attendant loss of life and property.

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“Imo State Government is shocked and dismayed over the events of yesterday in Awommamma in Oru East local government area of the state. The ugly event is regrettable and avoidable,” the statement read.

“Government condemns the murder of a soldier by the so-called unknown gunmen. Certainly, this soldier who was on a legitimate duty to ensure free flow of traffic and to protect lives and property on this fateful Monday of November 22nd, did not deserve to die such a gruesome death.

“On the other hand, Government deprecates reports of wanton destruction of property visited on the community by aggrieved soldiers. The indiscriminate burning of residential and businesses premises of innocent citizens was not an appropriate response since two wrongs will never make a right. Government has good reasons to believe that there is more to the sad event than meets the eyes.

“Consequently, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Executive Governor of Imo State has ordered a high-powered investigation into the incident to unravel the cause of the crisis and the attendant loss of life and property.”

Nine Killed In Fresh Sokoto Attacks – Police

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No fewer than nine persons have been killed in a fresh attack on three villages in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State by bandits.

This is according to the Sokoto State Police Command who confirmed the attack to Channels Television on Thursday.

Speaking via the telephone, Police Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Sanusi, said the victims were killed in separate attacks that took place from November 15 to 17.

He said the first attack which took place at Garin Zago in Sabon Birni local government, resulted in the death of three persons and three others were kidnapped.

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According to him, a vehicle was attacked in another attack in Gaji village on November 16, but no casualty was recorded.

The police spokesman said another attack took place on the 17th of November, at Sangirawa village where six persons were killed by the assailants and several others injured.

Based on the findings of the police personnel on the ground in the local government, Sanusi said the three attacks resulted in the death of nine persons contrary to the figures been circulated by different sources.

Despite the figures released by the police authorities, sources allege that 21 persons were killed at different locations within the local government area.

A former chairman of the local government area, Idris Gobir, told Channels Television that the bandits killed eight persons in Sangirawa village, four in Sabindawa and an additional three in Garin Gado village.

Gobir added that three were also killed in Gaje village, three in Gaju village and additional three others in Garin Zago with several others injured.

Sokoto Attacks: Death Toll Rises To 43

Sokoto, usually referred to as Sokoto State to distinguish it from the city of Sokoto, is located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near to the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River
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The death toll in the bandits attack on two local government areas in Sokoto State has risen to 43.

This is according to the State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal who visited Illela, one of the areas affected by the attack.

Gunmen had stormed Goronyo and Illela areas between Sunday night and Monday morning and killed several locals.

Three days after, Governor Tambuwal led members of the State Executive Council and security chiefs, as well as other top government officials on a condolence visit to the people on Wednesday.

Earlier, Tambuwal had confirmed the attack by suspected marauders on some villages, saying 15 people were killed at the first instance. However, at the time of the governor’s visit, the toll has risen to 43.

It was gathered that a District Head in one of the five villages attacked during the midnight raid was wounded.

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While condoling with the people, Tambuwal described the attack as unfortunate, upsetting and disheartening.

He commended the local government authorities, monarchs and community leaders for their lawful composition of a volunteer group working in tandem with the security operatives in the area.

He said the state government will not support the constitution of illegitimate vigilante group working in disagreement with the joint operations of legitimately constituted volunteers, who work closely with and under the supervision of security agencies.

He appealed to the people of the area not to be discouraged by the recent attack, but to be motivated and redouble their efforts, without seeking revenge, in securing their communities.

The governor equally assured them of sustained government assistance whenever required while praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased.

Suspected Ambazonian Soldiers From Cameroon Kill 11 In Taraba

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Palpable tension gripped residents of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State when some suspected Ambazonian soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon stormed the community.

Channels Television gathered that 11 persons including a traditional ruler were killed in the incident that took place in the early hours of Wednesday at Manga village.

Takum local government area is a border community between Taraba State and the Republic of Cameroon.

Joseph Manga, the brother of the slain traditional ruler and the Senior Special Assistant to the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone interview.

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He disclosed that the Ambazonian soldiers first attacked the border community in Cameroon republic before crossing over to Nigeria to unleash mayhem.

“The Ambazonian separatist soldiers attacked my village Manga which is a border community between Taraba State and Republic of Cameroon in Takum LGA,” he said.

“They, first of all, attacked a village on the other side of the divide and killed people before crossing over to do the same here.

“My elder brother is the traditional ruler there; they laid ambush and killed him in his palace before proceeding to kill others.

“The death toll at the moment is 11 including my brother the traditional ruler, we are still combing the bush to recover more bodies or possibly those hiding.”

Other residents of the community are said to still be missing as they are suspected to have fled to other communities for safety.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Local Government Area, Shiban Tikari disclosed that as at when he visited the scene in the early hours of today after receiving the distress call, only five dead bodies were recovered.

He said, “I can confirm to you that we have so far recovered 5 bodies from the scene and others are still been sort for in nearby bush.

“My team alongside the military visited to restore normalcy and ensure that such thing does not repeat itself.

“For now we do not know those that came to attack but news filtered in saying that they are Ambazonian separatist soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon.”

One Killed, 30 Kidnapped As Bandits Attack Niger Community

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One person has been killed while 30 others have been kidnapped as armed bandits invaded the Zazzaga community in Zazzaga Ward, Munya Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bala Kuryas, confirmed the attack to Channels Television in his office on Wednesday, saying it happened in the early hours of the day.

“Police are already on the trail of the attackers to rescue the kidnapped victims unhurt,” the Commissioner said.

READ ALSO: Suspected Ambazonian Soldiers From Cameroon Kill 11 In Taraba

But contrary, to police report, the Secretary of Munya Local Government, Mr James Jagaba in another telephone interview said 68 persons were kidnapped including women and children, while one person was killed with three others injured.

“They came in large numbers when the victims were sleeping and took control of the community. One person was killed, three were shot while 68 persons were kidnapped,” he said.

Another source from the community who spoke in confidence via telephone said the armed bandits operated from one house to another.

The source said: “a hunter was shot dead during gun battle with the criminals. We don’t know the whereabouts of the kidnapped persons. Security personnel comprising the police, military and vigilantes have been deployed to the community.”

Two Killed, Houses Destroyed As Gunmen Attack Taraba Community

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Two persons have been reportedly killed by gunmen suspected to be Tiv militias at Rafinkada community in the Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.

Gunmen had stormed the community in the early hours of Tuesday, injuring scores of other residents and burning houses worth millions of naira.

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Chairman of the council, AdiGrace Daniel confirmed this to Channels Television via a telephone interview, adding that that the military has taken over the area and search for the hoodlums is in top gear already.

“These are Tiv Militias that are attacking and it is not the first of its kind, all we need is peace,” he said.

“We have had sleepless nights all through, had peace meetings, thinking these attacks are over, but this is the situation we have found ourselves at the moment.

“I wish to appreciate the Army for their quick intervention without which I do not know what the casualty figure would have been by now and the level of destruction as well.”

This is the second time such an attack will take place since the Tiv-Jukun crisis subsided and a truce was reached last year.

Rafinkada community is about 30 kilometers from Wukari, the headquarters of Wukari local government area of Taraba.

Militia Fighters Kill At Least 17 Civilians In DR Congo

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Militia fighters killed at least 17 civilians Monday in the northeastern DR Congo province of Ituri, local sources and a security watchdog said in a region plagued by inter-communal violence.

The fighters of the Patriotic and Integrationist Force of Congo (FPIC) attacked the village of Chabusiku, a local official said, adding that some of the victims were burned alive in their homes.

Chabusiku is just 12 kilometres (seven miles) from Bunia, the provincial capital.

The official, David Bahinduka Bamuhiga, said the army was slow to arrive, and 17 people, most of them members of the Hema ethnic group, were killed.

“We recruited youths to dig graves to bury the victims,” he said.

Experts of the Kivu Security Tracker (KST), a respected monitor, put the death toll at 18 and also blamed the FPIC.

The new massacre “brings to at least 1,137 the number of civilians killed in North Kivu and Ituri since the start of the state of siege on May 6,” KST said on its Twitter account.

North Kivu and Ituri have been under “state of siege” to support a military offensive aimed at neutralising armed groups who target civilians as well as army positions.

President Felix Tshisekedi decreed the measure, under which soldiers and police officers have replaced civilian authorities in the two provinces.

A military spokesman declined to comment except to indicate that the army was aware of the attack.

The FPIC claims to defend the interests of the Bira ethnic group, one of many in the gold-rich province that descended into violence in 2017 after years of relative calm.

The violence has claimed more than 1,000 lives.

The FPIC is one of scores of armed groups operating in the DR Congo’s four eastern border provinces of Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu and Tanganyika, according to KST analysts.

It is made up mainly of ethnic Bira youth angry at being excluded from the provincial government and eager to regain lands occupied by Hema people, the KST says.

AFP

Borno Attack: Buhari Mourns Slain General, Three Other Soldiers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the senior officer and three other soldiers that were killed in a fierce encounter with ISWAP terrorists in Borno.

The Nigerian Army had on Saturday announced the death of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu, the Commander of the 28 Task Force Brigade and three soldiers in a fierce encounter with the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in Askira Uba Local Government Area of the state.

Barely 24 hours after the incident, President Buhari hailed the gallantry of the victims, saying they paid the supreme price in the insurgency war.

In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President expressed shock over the incident.

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He said the loss has left the nation and the Nigerian Army in a sad state, especially as the nation battles terrorism in the North-East region.

“President Muhammadu Buhari says he is extremely saddened to hear about the demise of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice in a very rare display of gallantry as they tried to help their compatriots in the war against terrorists,” the statement read.

“Nigeria has lost brave soldiers. I salute their courage. May their souls rest in peace. General Zirkusu leaves us sad and devastated. The soldier in him will remain immortal.”

The President also commiserated with the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya and the Nigerian Army on the unfortunate incident.

He asked the Army chief to accept his heartfelt condolences and that of the nation, and convey same to the members of the families of those martyred.

“I pray to the Almighty to give you and the bereaved families the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss,” the President added.

Borno Attack: Governor Fintiri Mourns Slain General, Three Other Soldiers

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Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has expressed his condolences to the families and colleagues of Brigadier-General Dzarma Zirkusu and three other soldiers killed in battle against insurgents.

General Zirkusu was the Officer commanding the 28 Task Force Brigade in Chibok, Borno State.

The insurgents had on Saturday, launched an attack on an Army Base in Askira Uba Local Government area of Southern Borno, killing the general and three others.

The governor described the victims as brave soldiers who died in the line of duty while fighting terrorists.

“We will not be cowed by these cowards. Our armed forces will continue to fulfill our mission-defeating terror. Our Soldiers’ blood will not be shed in vain,” Fintiri said.

READ ALSO: Borno Attack: Buhari Mourns Slain General, Three Other Soldiers

He added, “I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest sympathy and that of the Government and People of Adamawa State to the families and loved ones of the fallen heroes.

“I stand with you. Nigeria stands with you. I deeply appreciate the sacrifice made by your loved ones in defence of our democracy, our peace and our security.”

While urging all citizens to remember the families in prayers, Fintiri also urged the families, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff to take heart and bear the irreparable loss knowing that their loved ones died in active service and paid the supreme sacrifice.

He also expressed confidence that the day is coming when Nigerians will look back at this moment in history and appreciate the genuine efforts of troops who are willing to serve because they laid the foundation for peace for generations to come.

The governor praised the heroism of General Zirkusu and troops fighting terrorism in Nigeria.

Police Arrest Two Suspected Land Grabbers For Invading Ogun Community

The suspected land grabbers were arrested by the police in Ogun State.

 

The police in Ogun State have arrested two suspected land grabbers for invading the Idiagbon community in Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state with offensive weapons.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this via a statement issued on Tuesday, noting that the suspects – Olaolu Fashina and Akinshola Oluwasanmi – were nabbed on Monday.

Their arrest followed a distress call received last night by Onipanu Ota Divisional Police Headquarters that the village was under attack by men suspected to be land grabbers, numbering about 60 and armed with dangerous weapons.

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“Upon the distress call, the DPO Onipanu division CSP Bamidele Job quickly mobilised his men and moved to the scene,” the police spokesman said.

“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums who came with many motorcycles started shooting sporadically in order to escape from the scene, but the policemen pursued them and with the assistance of the people of the community, two amongst them were apprehended.”

Recovered from them are two live cartridges and one Bajaj motorcycle with registration number TTD 472 VN.

Reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

While directing that the fleeing members of the gang be hunted for and brought to justice, the police commissioner warned hoodlums to relocate from the state as Ogun will no longer be conducive for them to operate.

Troops Repel ISWAP Attack On Military Base In Borno

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
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A military base in Tamsukawu, a village in Kaga local government of Borno state on Monday afternoon came under attack.

The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), a rival terrorist group to Boko Haram is the prime suspect for the attack.

The attack was however successfully repelled by the military but it is still unclear if there were any casualties.

Civilians in the village, who were resettled in 2018, scampered to safety in their homes even though they were apparently not the target for today’s attack.

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Tamsukawu, located along the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway is about 80 kilometers from Maiduguri, the capital city.

Monday’s attack is the second in one week, around the same village.

Last Tuesday, the terrorists reportedly laid ambush on the highway along with a notorious terrorist crossing point near the Tamsukawu bridge and abducted travellers.

Last week’s incident also happened at about 3 pm.

The incident took place near a bridge between Tamsukawu and Ngamdu town at about 3 pm.

Unverified reports indicate that the ISWAP recently appointed new commanders under the purported directive of their foreign collaborators at the ISIS headquarters.

The change in command is to midwife logistics support for special missions in Baga, Marte, and Malamfatori in Abadam where the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum was recently attacked during a routine inspection of rehabilitation aimed at resetting indigenes of that place by November 27.

The reports also predict a resumption of abductions on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road in the coming days.