Violence in Africa -
  • Kenya Police intensify onslaught against Nairobi hotel complex attackers
    21 january 2019 11:42:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Police said on Monday they have intensified a crackdown against members of a terrorist cell operating from Isiolo, eastern Kenya, who are believed to have planned and executed the deadly terror siege at the 14 Riverside Drive complex, killing 21 people and wounding 28 others. Full text...

  • Five dead in clash between police and youth in western Burkina Faso
    19 january 2019 14:02:19
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least five people were killed and eight others injured on Friday night when angry young people clashed with police in the town of Orodara, 400 km from Ouagadougou, in the Kénédougou province, Upper Basins region, the Ministry of Security announced on Saturday. Full text...

  • Rights group says satellite imagery shows 'horrific aftermath' of Boko Haram attack
    19 january 2019 12:34:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International says new satellite images it has analysed show the horrific aftermath of a Boko Haram attack that devastated Rann, north-east Nigeria, displacing more than 9,000 people earlier this week. Full text...

  • Libyan authorities must shoulder the burden to support country’s ‘vulnerable’ south
    19 january 2019 06:47:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Despite years of promises to address the “vulnerable heart” of Libya – the country’s south – conditions around its water and oil resource wealth have continued to deteriorate at “an alarming rate”, the United Nations envoy for the country has told the Security Council.Full text...

  • Thousands returning to Nigeria’s restive Borno state ‘at risk’: UN
    19 january 2019 06:41:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid reports that Cameroon is forcing several thousand Nigerians to return to Borno state in the country’s crisis-gripped north-east, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has deplored the move, saying it has put lives “at risk”.Full text...

  • Tripoli Protection Force repels 7th Battalion from capital
    18 january 2019 13:19:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Tripoli Protection Force, a grouping of armed units, has successfully repelled fighters of the 7th Battalion from the southern border areas of the Libyan capital, though 10 people were killed and 41 others wounded in clashes which lasted two days till Thursday.Full text...

  • Calm returns to Tripoli; death toll in armed clashes increases to 5
    17 january 2019 12:10:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Calm has returned to Tripoli on Thursday, in the aftermath of the armed clashes in which five people were killed and 20 others wounded in the southern suburbs of the capital.Full text...

  • Rights group urges Kenya authorities to consider victims’ needs in bloody hotel attack
    17 january 2019 05:55:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group is urging Kenya’s government to put victims "front and centre" in its response to the 15 January, 2019 attack on the DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi. Full text...

  • 'Dire’ humanitarian situation, ‘grave’ security concerns challenge fragile peace
    17 january 2019 05:28:27
    New York, US (PANA) - With over 800 schools forced to close due to insecurity, and 2.3 million vulnerable people in need of assistance this year, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday that the humanitarian situation in Mali “remains dire”. Full text...

  • Nearly 900 reportedly killed following ‘shocking’ intercommunal attacks in DR Congo - UN
    17 january 2019 05:15:48
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that at least 890 villagers were reportedly killed in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, following brutal inter-communal clashes. Full text...

  • Clashes erupt again in Tripoli
    16 january 2019 12:01:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Intermittent clashes erupted on Wednesday morning at the entrance of the Gasr Ben Ghashir area, towards the Wadi al- Rabii bridge, in the south of Tripoli, between armed groups, which clashed in the Libyan capital in August. Full text...

  • Ethiopian military to probe civilian killings near border with Sudan
    12 january 2019 19:52:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Ethiopian Defence Forces have pledged a probe the killing of at least seven people and the wounding of 15 others in the West Gondar region, near the Ethiopian border with Sudan, after an outcry by party officials in the region, a top military commander said on Saturday.Full text...

  • More attacks, ‘persisting security challenges’ threaten progress in West Africa, Sahel
    11 january 2019 03:04:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A rising number of attacks by extremist groups, using more sophisticated tactics, risk undermining progress in West Africa and the Sahel, the region’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Armed insurgency in north-east Nigeria ‘has created a humanitarian tragedy’
    10 january 2019 07:39:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following an upsurge in violence in north-east Nigeria, which was brought to global attention five years ago with the abduction by Boko Haram extremists of the Chibok schoolgirls, tens of thousands of innocent civilians continue to flee, prompting “grave concern” from the United Nations envoy there, according to a UN statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns intercommunal clashes in Burkina Faso
    06 january 2019 04:22:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned last week's intercommunal clashes in northern Burkina Faso in which more than 40 civilians were killed and “deteriorating security situation” in parts of the country. Full text...

  • Congolese leader deplores violence in CAR
    05 january 2019 18:19:18
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Saturday deplored the repeated violence in Central African Republic noting that the country was not yet peaceful. Full text...

  • For what purpose does Daech target state institutions in Libya? (By Youssef Ba, PANA correspondent)
    04 january 2019 14:11:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The 25 December 2018 suicide attack against the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli, which has been claimed by Daech, follows a series of similar operations targeting state buildings and raise questions about the true motivations of the terrorist organization.Full text...

  • Guterres condemns attack on UN compound in Mogadishu
    03 january 2019 13:41:33
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Tuesday’s attack against the UN compound in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, a UN statement from New York said. Full text...

  • France calls for Malian govt response to violence in central Mopti region
    02 january 2019 15:19:54
    Paris, France (PANA) – Expressing its concern, the French Government on Wednesday called on Malian authorities "to take a strong reaction" to the resurgence of acts of violence that cost the lives of dozens of civilians on Tuesday morning in a Peul village in the centre of the country. Full text...

  • Violence flares in several regions of Tunisia
    27 december 2018 18:21:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - For the third day in a row, there were clashes between protesters and police officers the interior regions of Tunisia on Wednesday night, particularly in the central-west Kasserine region, where a young journalist-photographer committed suicide.Full text...

  • Army officer killed, 11 other ranks wounded in attack against barracks in southern Libya
    27 december 2018 12:26:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A Libyan Army officer was killed and 11 other ranks wounded on Thursday when armed Chadian opposition groups attacked the headquarters of Libya's 10th Battalion in Targuane, southern Libya, military and hospital sources said. Full text...

  • IS claims responsibility for Libyan Foreign ministry attack
    26 december 2018 12:15:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's bloody suicide bombing of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the National Unity Government in Tripoli, which left three dead and 24 wounded in a stark reminder that the terrorist organisation has "nuisance capacity" with dormant cells operating from time to time in the Libyan capital.Full text...

  • Three killes, 11 wounded in suicide attack on Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    25 december 2018 17:37:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Three people were killed and 11 others injured on Tuesday in a suicide attack that targeted the Libyan Foreign Affairs Ministry headquarters in Tripoli, according to a report released by the Ministry of Health.Full text...

  • Libyan foreign ministry in Tripoli attacked; suicide bomber detonates explosive - sources
    25 december 2018 12:34:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The foreign ministry of the Libyan national union government came under attack on Tuesday with a suicide bomber detonating a device in a stark reminder of the prevailing insecurity in the capital, Tripoli, a source at the ministry said. Full text...

  • Mali launches campaign to reduce community violence in its central regions
    24 december 2018 13:58:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga on Sunday visited Youvarou and Douentza, epicentres of insecurity in central Mali, where he launched a programme in Mopti to reduce community violence in the central regions, official sources told PANA on Monday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Instability in Sahel, spreading outwards, Security Council told
    21 december 2018 05:33:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Efforts to address the multiple challenges facing Africa’s Sahel region should be driven by local, regional and national leadership, with the support of international partners as required, the United Nations Special Adviser for the region said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Amnesty says Nigerian gov't 'failures' fuel escalating farmers, herders conflict
    17 december 2018 05:12:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says the Nigerian authorities’ failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice has fuelled a bloody escalation in the conflict between farmers and herders across the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army lifts suspension of UNICEF's activities in Boko Haram stronghold
    15 december 2018 06:00:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has revered a controversial decision to suspend the activities of the UN children's fund (UNICEF) in the Boko Haram-ravaged northeast saying it changed its mind after the intervention of “concerned Nigerians”. Full text...

  • Rights group says use of lethal force to quell protests in Baidoa unjustifiable
    14 december 2018 22:01:49
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has said Somali and Ethiopian security forces in Baidoa must refrain from using lethal force against protestors, including ahead of, during and after the South West regional presidential election scheduled for 19 December. Full text...

  • Rights group blames UN peacekeepers for CAR massacre
    14 december 2018 21:52:11
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has asked the United Nations to carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops’ response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • ‘Excessive use of force’ in campaign must be avoided in DRC polls, says Bachelet
    14 december 2018 21:21:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Deadly pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sparked by police reportedly firing live ammunition at opposition supporters, has been condemned by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet. Full text...

  • UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan
    14 december 2018 21:13:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission. Full text...

  • Rising insecurity in CAR threatens wider region, Security Council told
    14 december 2018 04:47:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Rising violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security. Full text...

  • Militants disrupt opposition party campaigns, candidates decry state repression
    10 december 2018 13:41:09
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Presidential election candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been met with violence on the campaign trail, with several officials calling for an international investigation. Full text...

  • UN mission in South Sudan, UNICEF condemn ‘brutal’ sexual assaults on roads to Bentiu
    04 december 2018 04:20:23
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have condemned a series of brutal sexual assaults on women and girls, travelling on the road to Bentiu, a town in the north of the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • Libyans worried about rising assassinations of leaders of armed groups, senior security officers
    03 december 2018 13:16:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - In the face of rising assassinations of leaders of armed groups and people in charge of official security in the Libyan capital, a question that is popping is: Are they to settle scores within the armed groups or the result of weak security arrangements? Full text...

  • Armed groups threaten every child in Central African Republic, UNICEF warns
    30 november 2018 04:35:21
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A new study released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows that the deteriorating crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), five years into the latest civil conflict to hit the country, has left practically every child needing protection from armed groups, which now control four-fifths of the country’s territory. Full text...

  • UN Somali mission head condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu, Galkayo
    27 november 2018 03:35:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The top United Nations official in Somalia has “strongly condemned” terrorist attacks in the north-central city of Galkayo and in the Somali capital on Monday, which left a prominent cleric and a number of other civilians dead. Full text...

  • Guterres censures terrorist attacks in Nigeria, pledges UN ‘solidarity’
    26 november 2018 20:01:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the recurrent attacks by terrorists and other extremist groups in northern Nigeria that have taken a heavy toll on civilians and security forces. Full text...

  • Former director of security in Tripoli escapes assassination attempt
    26 november 2018 10:36:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Salah Ramadan al-Samoui, former director of security in Tripoli, has escaped an assassination attempt by unknown gunmen, the Libyan Ministry of the Interior of the National Union Government has announced. Full text...

  • UN Mission in Libya condemns deadly attack against police in country’s south-east
    25 november 2018 19:14:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned a terrorist attack on a police station in Tezirbu, an oasis town in south-east of the country. Full text...

  • Libyan authorities condemn armed attack on police station
    24 november 2018 13:02:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan authorities have vehemently condemned the armed attack on Friday against Tazerbou police station in the southeast of the country that claimed eight lives and left 11 persons, including civilians, injured.Full text...

  • Experts call for end to global epidemic of killings of women
    24 november 2018 06:18:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and other UN and regional human rights experts have called on all States and relevant stakeholders to end the global epidemic of ‘femicide’, or gender-related killings of women, and gender-based violence against women. Full text...

  • Vital oilfield in southern Libya attacked
    22 november 2018 11:15:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The al-Charara oilfield in southern Libya was on Wednesday afternoon attacked by an armed gang, Akakus Company, a subsidiary of the Libyan National Company (NOC), has announced. Full text...

  • 8 wounded in Benghazi explosion
    22 november 2018 10:17:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Eight people were injured on Wednesday evening in an explosion in a district west of al-Salamani in Benghazi in the east of Libya, reflecting the persistent violence in the city, medical and local sources said. Full text...

  • UN warns that more than 60% people now need urgent humanitarian assistance in CAR
    22 november 2018 06:11:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People’s needs in Central African Republic (CAR) have increased significantly in recent months, the top United Nations aid official in the country warned on Wednesday, amid worsening localised violence that has included the recent torching of two camps for displaced people. Full text...

  • NRC raises red flag on funds for emergency relief in Mali
    21 november 2018 11:34:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Humanitarian agencies, having run out of funds, are unable to provide emergency relief to starving women and children fleeing from inter-communal violence in central and northern Mali, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Wednesday.Full text...

  • Cameroon violence condemned by UN human rights office
    21 november 2018 04:10:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Continuing insecurity in Cameroon has been condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) amid reports of killings by armed groups and State forces that has prompted mass internal displacement. Full text...

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urges Cameroonians to stop acts of violence
    20 november 2018 19:52:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday urged all opposing sides in the Southwest and Northwest regions of Cameroon to refrain from acts of violence that have, for more than a year now, left the population in these regions living in fear, unable to access their basic human rights. Full text...

  • Ethnic violence in Oromia-Somali region displaces 200,000 people in Ethiopia
    20 november 2018 09:13:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethnic conflict along the Oromia-Somali region provincial boundaries in Ethiopia, has displaced over 200,000 people into camps within the region, an aid agency said on Tuesday.Full text...

Special File - Violence in Africa

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