Justice finally served: Burkinabe ex-President Compaore charged in Thomas Sankara murder

 A military court in Burkina Faso’s capital has indicted former President Blaise Compaore in connection to the 1987 murder of his charismatic predecessor, Thomas Sankara. A statement issued by the court on Tuesday cited “complicity in assassination” and an “attack on state security” by Compaore, who ruled the country until 2014, when he was forced to resign in the face of mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Thirteen others, including Gilbert Diendere, Compaore’s right hand man, and Hyacinthe Kafando, his security chief were also indicted on charges ranging from “assassination” to “concealment of corpses”. Benewende Stanislas … Continue reading Justice finally served: Burkinabe ex-President Compaore charged in Thomas Sankara murder

Over 100 killed in clashes in Ethiopia’s Afar, Somali regions

Border clashes between Ethiopia’s Afar and Somali regions have killed at least 100 people, a regional official said, in the latest outbreak of violence ahead of national elections in June. About 100 civilians, many of them herders, were killed since clashes broke out on Friday and continued through to Tuesday, Ahmed Humed, the deputy police commissioner for the Afar region, told the Reuters news agency by phone. He blamed the violence on an attack by Somali regional forces. The bloodshed in territory claimed by the Somali and Afar regions highlights security woes facing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that extend well … Continue reading Over 100 killed in clashes in Ethiopia’s Afar, Somali regions

Gunmen kill 30 people in western Ethiopia, witnesses say

Gunmen killed at least 30 civilians in an attack on a village in the Ethiopian region of Oromia, witnesses said on Wednesday, the latest outbreak of ethnic violence to challenge the federal government. Farmer Wossen Andaege, 50, said his neighbours were killed during the Tuesday night attack in the West Wollega Zone of Oromia. He identified the victims as ethnic Amharas. “We took the bodies using a car and we buried 30 people,” said Wossen told Reuters news agency by phone. He said he and his family heard gunshots and fled to a nearby government office to wait for protection … Continue reading Gunmen kill 30 people in western Ethiopia, witnesses say

Breaking News: Gunfire heard near Niger’s presidency

Heavy gunfire was heard near Niger’s presidency in the capital, Niamey, in the early hours of Wednesday, two days ahead of the swearing-in of president-elect Mohamed Bazoum, according to Reuters and AFP news agency. Heavy gunfire started around 3am local time (02:00 GMT) and lasted for about 30 minutes, Reuters news agency reported. The government of Niger was not immediately available for comment. There have been growing attacks by armed groups, and political tensions in the country following Bazoum’s victory in a February presidential election runoff. Former President Mahamane Ousmane, who lost in the runoff, has rejected the results, alleging … Continue reading Breaking News: Gunfire heard near Niger’s presidency

Law of retributive justice: Libyan commander wanted for war crimes by ICC shot dead

Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a senior Libyan military figure loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar and wanted for alleged war crimes, has been shot dead by unidentified attackers in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to medics. The gunmen on Wednesday opened fire on a vehicle carrying al-Werfalli, seriously wounding him and his cousin, Ayman, a source who requested anonymity told the AFP news agency. The pair were pronounced dead on arrival at Benghazi Medical Centre, located near the scene of the shooting, another security source said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Born in 1978, al-Werfalli was a commander … Continue reading Law of retributive justice: Libyan commander wanted for war crimes by ICC shot dead

Tanzania’s president John Magufuli dies aged 61

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died aged 61, the country’s vice-president has announced. He died on Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Samia Suluhu Hassan said in an address on state television. Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours have been circulating about his health. Opposition politicians said last week that he had contracted Covid-19, but this has not been confirmed. Magufuli was one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus sceptics, and called for prayers and herbal-infused steam therapy to counter the virus. “It is with deep regret that … Continue reading Tanzania’s president John Magufuli dies aged 61

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini dies in South Africa aged 72

King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu nation in South Africa has died in hospital where he was being treated for diabetes-related issues. The king, 72, was the leader of South Africa’s largest ethnic group and an influential traditional ruler. He had been admitted to hospital in KwaZulu-Natal last week to monitor his ongoing diabetes condition. The king’s prime minister thanked South Africa for its “continued prayers and support in this most difficult time”. King Goodwill Zwelithini had ruled the Zulu nation under the Traditional Leadership clause of South Africa’s republican constitution since the death of his father in 1968. Around … Continue reading Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini dies in South Africa aged 72

Fire kills 20 people in Cairo clothing factory

At least 20 people were killed and 24 others injured on Thursday in a clothing factory fire on the eastern outskirts of the Egyptian capital. The cause of the blaze, which ripped through the four-storey plant in Obour, an outlying district of the greater Cairo area, was not immediately known, according to a statement released by the government. Fifteen fire trucks were dispatched to extinguish the huge blaze as smoke billowed over the area. Ambulances were ferrying the casualties to nearby hospitals. The state prosecutor has tasked a team with investigating the fire, medical sources told AFP news agency. Egypt … Continue reading Fire kills 20 people in Cairo clothing factory

Ivory Coast’s PM dies in Germany

The Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, Hamed Bakayoko, has died in a hospital in Germany, authorities say. Bakayoko, who was receiving treatment for cancer, passed away on Wednesday, just days after his 56th birthday. He was appointed prime minister in July, following the sudden death of his predecessor Amadou Gon Coulibaly. President Alassane Ouattara described Mr Bakayoko as a “great statesman, an example to young people and a man of exemplary loyalty”. Mr Bakayoko was flown to France in February for medical tests and was later transferred to Germany due to his deteriorating health. A former media executive who turned … Continue reading Ivory Coast’s PM dies in Germany

Update: Equatorial Guinea death toll rises to 98

The death toll from a series of explosions in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday has risen to 98, officials say. Another 615 people were injured, with 299 still in hospital. The blasts hit a military base in the country’s main city, Bata, officials blame badly stored dynamite along with stubble burning by nearby farmers. The death toll, updated after volunteers spent Monday searching the wreckage for bodies, is more than triple the initial estimate of 31. Three young children were found alive and taken to hospital, almost all buildings and homes in the city suffered “huge damage”, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema … Continue reading Update: Equatorial Guinea death toll rises to 98

Chad opposition leader says several relatives killed in home raid

A former rebel leader and candidate in Chad’s upcoming presidential election has said that security forces raided his home in the capital N’Djamena and killed several of his family members. Yaya Dillo told France’s RFI radio station he was attacked early on Sunday by members of the presidential guard, headed by the son of Chadian President Idriss Deby. “At 5 in the morning, they attacked my home. The president’s guard… They killed my mom, my son and three [other relatives],” he said. A government statement said the raid was an operation to arrest Dillo, whom it said failed to respond … Continue reading Chad opposition leader says several relatives killed in home raid

Breaking News: Nigerian school students abducted in second kidnapping in a week

An unspecified number of school students have been abducted in northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara, a spokesman for the state governor said on Friday, the second kidnapping in little over one week. The spokesman declined to say how many people were taken or provide further details. A police spokesman for the state did not immediately respond to calls and messages seeking comment. This is the second such kidnapping in a little over a week in Nigeria’s north, which has seen a surge in activity by armed groups leading to a widespread and worsening breakdown of security. Last week, unidentified gunmen … Continue reading Breaking News: Nigerian school students abducted in second kidnapping in a week