Update: Man accused of trying to kill Mali president dies in custody

A man accused of trying to kill Mali’s military strongman Assimi Goita, the figure behind two coups in less than a year, has died in custody, the government said on Sunday.Tuesday’s attacker was apprehended at the scene and taken into custody The suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, had been taken into custody following the assassination attempt at Bamako’s Grand Mosque on Tuesday. Assimi Goita was attacked at Bamako’s Grand Mosque on Tuesday “During investigations his health deteriorated” and he was then hospitalized, but “unfortunately, he has died,” the government said in a statement. It added that an autopsy had been immediately … Continue reading Update: Man accused of trying to kill Mali president dies in custody

Stabbing attempt on Mali interim president

Two armed men, including one who wielded a knife, attacked Mali’s interim president Assimi Goita on Tuesday in the great mosque in the capital Bamako, an AFP journalist saw.  Goita, seen speaking to the press on August 19 last year after leading the coup that forced out the country’s elected president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita The attack took place during prayers for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.  Goita has since been taken from the scene, according to the journalist, who said it was not immediately clear whether he had been wounded.  Religious Affairs Minister Mamadou Kone told AFP that a … Continue reading Stabbing attempt on Mali interim president

Gunmen kidnap Chinese, Mauritanian workers in Mali

Gunmen have abducted three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians from a construction site in southwestern Mali, according to the country’s armed forces. The assailants stormed the site 55km (34 miles) from the town of Kwala on Saturday, and made off with five pick-up trucks and the hostages, Mali’s Armed Forces (FAMA) said in a statement on Facebook. The men also destroyed equipment including a crane and dump trucks belonging to Chinese construction firm COVEC, and Mauritanian road-building company ATTM, according to the army. A Malian army official, who requested anonymity, told the AFP news agency that the victims were working on road … Continue reading Gunmen kidnap Chinese, Mauritanian workers in Mali

Update: Death toll rises to 72 in South Africa as violence triggered by Zuma arrest escalates

The massive army trucks appeared Tuesday outside of Louise Haynes’s community north of the port city of Durban, a day after violent protests that have swept across KwaZulu-Natal province came within earshot.Members of the military detain a suspected looter at Jabulani mall in Soweto, South Africa. The trucks guarded the ramp into the coastal city of Ballito from the highway, which protesters have blocked along with other major roadways in demonstrations that have left 72 people dead. Looters have gutted shopping malls and other businesses in the eastern province, as well as in the nation’s industrial center in and around Johannesburg … Continue reading Update: Death toll rises to 72 in South Africa as violence triggered by Zuma arrest escalates

South African military deployed as ex-leader Zuma jailed and looting spreads

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has deployed the country’s military to restore calm after days of violent protests and looting sparked by the imprisonment of former leader Jacob Zuma.Rioters run from police officers after looting a liquor shop at the Jabulani Mall in the Soweto district of Johannesburg on Monday. Ramaphosa addressed the nation Monday evening, calling for calm after at least six people died in the violence and hundreds were arrested. As Zuma’s lawyers argued for a sentence reduction Monday, protests and looting centered in two provinces escalated. “We will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute those who perpetrate these … Continue reading South African military deployed as ex-leader Zuma jailed and looting spreads

Update: Former South African President Jacob Zuma turns himself in to start 15-month sentence

Former South African President Jacob Zuma turned himself in to police on Wednesday to start his 15-month prison sentence on a charge of contempt of court, after the country’s Constitutional Court said he was guilty of missing a court date in February.Ex-South African President Jacob Zuma Reuters reported that the 79-year-old turned himself in after he was sentenced last week for missing a February court date, which was part of a corruption investigation of his time in office. Zuma served as president between 2009 and 2018 and was accused of committing a number of crimes while leading the country. The investigation into … Continue reading Update: Former South African President Jacob Zuma turns himself in to start 15-month sentence

Failed State: 140 students kidnapped after gunmen raid Nigerian school

In what can only be described as a failing state, Nigeria recorded its second kidnapping case in 24 hours as, about 140 students are missing after armed men raided a boarding school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state on Monday, and police said they were in hot pursuit alongside military personnel. The attack is the 10th mass school kidnapping since December in northwest Nigeria, which authorities have attributed to armed bandits seeking ransom payments. Police said gunmen shooting wildly attacked the Bethel Baptist High School in the south of Kaduna state overnight. “They … overpowered the school’s security guards and made their … Continue reading Failed State: 140 students kidnapped after gunmen raid Nigerian school

Update: Supporters form ‘human shield’ to stop Jacob Zuma’s arrest

Supporters of South African ex-President Jacob Zuma have formed what they say is a human shield outside his home to try to prevent his arrest. On Tuesday, the constitutional court found him guilty of contempt for defying its order to appear before a corruption inquiry. A deadline for his arrest had been set for midnight on Sunday. However, the constitutional court later agreed to hear his challenge to the 15-month jail term he was given. Just how that affects the arrest deadline is unclear. “[There is] no need for me to go to jail today,” Mr Zuma told reporters outside … Continue reading Update: Supporters form ‘human shield’ to stop Jacob Zuma’s arrest

Ethiopia’s Tigray rebels build on capture of capital

Rebel fighters in the Tigray region of Ethiopia are continuing to gain ground after recapturing the regional capital Mekelle from government forces. The rebels have now entered the town of Shire, about 140km (90 miles) to the north-west, according to UN officials. Eritrean troops backing the Ethiopian army had earlier abandoned the city. The government has declared a ceasefire in the eight-month conflict, but the rebels have vowed to drive their “enemies” from Tigray. The fighting between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and government forces has left thousands of people dead. More than two million have been displaced and … Continue reading Ethiopia’s Tigray rebels build on capture of capital

Developing Story: Ex-South Africa President Jacob Zuma ordered to serve 15-month prison sentence

Former South African President Jacob Zuma. South Africa’s Constitutional Court has sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison for contempt of court. Zuma was found guilty by the country’s highest court after he defied its order to appear at a corruption inquiry centered on his time in power between 2009 and 2018. The inquiry, led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, is examining high-level corruption during Zuma’s time in office. Having long denied wrongdoing, Zuma has thus far refused to cooperate, and failed to appear to testify before a judicial panel in February. He has now been given … Continue reading Developing Story: Ex-South Africa President Jacob Zuma ordered to serve 15-month prison sentence

Ten Kenyan troops killed in military helicopter crash

At least 10 Kenyan soldiers were killed on Thursday when a helicopter carrying them crashed while landing near the capital Nairobi, the military and local media said. The Kenya Air Force Mi 171 E helicopter crashed at around 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) in the county of Kajiado, the military said in a statement. At least 10 of the troops were killed and another 13 injured, domestic media reported, citing a government administrator in the area.Kenya Defence Forces helicopters land at Ole-Tepesi to collect the bodies of soldiers after a crash, in Kajiado, Kenya, Thursday, June 24, 2021. A police official … Continue reading Ten Kenyan troops killed in military helicopter crash

Over 50 people killed in ‘horrific’ airstrike on Tigray market

Over 50 people were killed and more than 100 people were injured in an airstrike that hit a market in Ethiopia’s northern village of Togoga Tuesday, a Trigray health official told the Associated Press.Relatives of a Togoga injured resident, a village about 20km west of Mekele, where an alleged airstrike hit a market leaving an unknown number of casualties. This attack comes amid fighting in the Tigray region between Ethiopian forces and Tigray’s former leaders. A health official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation, said ambulances and medical workers were blocked from … Continue reading Over 50 people killed in ‘horrific’ airstrike on Tigray market