Violence in Africa -
  • UN House bombing in Nigeria: Too early to give casualty figure - Interior Minister
    26 august 2011 13:07:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As rescue workers continue to evacuate people from the UN House in Nigeria's capital Abuja, which was bombed Friday, Interior Minister Abba Moro told reporters it is too early to give a reliable casualty figure.Full text...

  • Bombing of UN House in Nigeria 'caused by suspected suicide bomber' (Updating)
    26 august 2011 12:31:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Friday's bombing of the UN House in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja was caused by a suspected suicide bomber who rammed his car, rigged with explosives, through the gates of the complex, the local press reported. Full text...

  • Scores receiving treatment in hospitals after UN House bombing in Nigeria
    26 august 2011 11:47:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Scores of workers are being treated at various hospitals in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, after an explosion rocked the UN House in the city Friday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Explosion rocks UN Complex in Abuja
    26 august 2011 11:13:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN House in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja has been rocked by an explosion and many casualties are feared, the privately-owned African Independent Television (AIT) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Threatened Malawi police officer transferred for safety
    24 august 2011 06:04:12
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Threats on the life of a police officer in the wake of the 20 July anti-government demonstration has forced the transfer of deputy Northern Region police publicist Ian Kanyama from the northern city of Mzuzu to the central border district of Mchinji. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UNMISS urges end to `cycle of violence'
    22 august 2011 19:23:44
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, Ms. Hilde Johnson, on Monday called for an end to the "cycle of violence" engulfing the newly-independent country’s state of Jonglei, where hundreds of people have been killed in recent days in fighting between ethnic groups. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes pact on peaceful solution to violence in Malawi
    18 august 2011 19:29:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the signing of a joint communique by the Malawian government and civil society organizations at a meeting, facilitated by the UN, following deadly clashes last month. Full text...

  • Sudan shuns UN reports of abuses
    16 august 2011 14:27:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has described as unfounded and baseless the preliminary finding of a UN report that speaks of human rights violations and abuses in South Kordufan, western Sudan, the scene of intermittent fighting since June this year. Full text...

  • Rape, murder continue to be committed by DRC military, says AI
    10 august 2011 18:29:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Crimes under international law, including rape and murder, continue to be committed by the Congolese army and armed groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following decades of similar crimes across the country, Amnesty International (AI), the global human rights watchdog, said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan prison guards shoot cameraman, attack crew, says CPJ
    10 august 2011 11:11:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Prison officials in western Kenya attacked three journalists from the private broadcaster Nation Television (NTV) on Sunday as they were covering an escape attempt by six inmates, local journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).Full text...

  • Nigeria's opposition party bemoans persistent Boko Haram crisis
    28 july 2011 16:40:51
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's most-vocal opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), on Thursday expressed concern at the persistent Boko Haram crisis, saying the inept and clueless handling of the crisis by the federal government had shown clearly that "it is suffering not just from a failure of leadership, but also a failure of initiative in tackling the menace". Full text...

  • AI seeks end to killings by security forces in Nigeria
    26 july 2011 13:56:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has urged Nigerian authorities to immediately put a stop to unlawful killings by security forces, after at least 23 people were killed by police following a bomb blast on Saturday in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. Full text...

  • Death toll in Malawi violence climbs to 19
    25 july 2011 20:36:38
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi presidential spokesman Heatherwick Ntaba said on Monday that one more victim of the unprecedented political violence that started following a demonstration last Wednesday has died in Lilongwe, bringing the official national toll to 19. Full text...

  • Boko Haram: Israel offers to assist Nigeria
    22 july 2011 09:31:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Israel has offered to assist Nigeria to check the rising insecurity caused by the Islamic sect Boko Haram, which is behind the series of attacks that have claimed at least 700 people mostly in the northern part of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mutharika blames opposition for violence, threatens action
    21 july 2011 16:30:58
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has blamed opposition leaders for mobilising people to demonstrate against him and his government and has since warned that he will deal with them. Full text...

  • Boko Haram faction declares unilateral ceasefire in Nigeria
    21 july 2011 09:35:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by the end of July, a faction of the Islamic sect Boko Haram has declared a unilateral ceasefire from the violent attacks that have left at least 700 dead, mostly in the northern part of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Malawi pro-govt. supporters threaten violence ahead of nationwide demonstrations
    19 july 2011 15:13:56
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Machete-carrying ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Youth Cadets plied the streets of Blantyre in open trucks Tuesday, threatening "to deal" with anybody opposing government only hours after two vehicles belonging to an independent private radio station were set alight by masked men ahead of Wednesday's scheduled nationwide demonstration against government. Full text...

  • Boko Haram: Rights group seeks probe of military excesses
    18 july 2011 08:34:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian NGO has urged the country's government to investigate allegations of acts of violence, including raping of women and burning of houses, levelled against the troops deployed to the country's northern state of Borno to curtail the activities of the Islamic sect Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt to dialogue with Boko Haram
    13 july 2011 11:53:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid a rising wave of attacks by the Islamic sect Boko Haram, the Nigerian government has said it is ready to enter into dialogue with the group, clearing the air over the strategy to be adopted in dealing with the sect. Full text...

  • Explosion kills three in Nigerian city
    12 july 2011 12:41:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An early morning explosion in Nigeria's beleaguered north-eastern city of Maiduguri has killed three persons, the military said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Boko Haram scoffs at motorcycle ban in Nigerian city
    11 july 2011 08:47:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Islamic sect Boko Haram, blamed for the series of explosions rocking northern Nigeria, has said the ban on motorcycles in the northern city of Maiduguri and its environs will not deter it from carrying out more attacks.Full text...

  • Warders, security agents injured in Nigeria jail break
    10 july 2011 13:19:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Several prison warders and policemen were shot and injured on Saturday, after prisoners used an improvised explosive device to blast a hole in the wall of their prison, located in Nigeria's oil city of Warri, so they could escape from the prison, according to the private NATION ON SUNDAY newspaper. Full text...

  • Sudan: US expresses concern over violence in South Kordofan
    07 july 2011 17:53:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The US on Thursday said it was "very concerned" about reports that Sudanese troops are amassing near the state of South Kordofan, the border between the North and South Sudan.Full text...

  • Nigeria violence: Bomb injures 3 soldiers, gunmen raid police armoury
    06 july 2011 12:34:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An early morning explosion left three soldiers injured in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state, Wednesday, the military said. Full text...

  • Boko Haram: Nigeria tightens security at state oil firm, 10 die in weekend attacks
    04 july 2011 08:35:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has beefed up security at the state oil firm in the capital city of Abuja, following intelligence reports that the company's imposing headquarters building is the next target of the Islamic sect Boko Haram. Full text...

  • EU to help Sahel countries in fight against terrorism
    29 june 2011 14:46:56
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is currently considering how to support Niger, Mali, Algeria and Mauritania in the fight against terrorism, drug dealers and internal and external security threats, the EU Director of External Relations for West and Central Africa, Manuel Lopez Blanco, announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU, US condemn Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria
    29 june 2011 12:02:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the United States (US) have condemned the spate of attacks being perpetrated by the Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram in the northern part of the African nation, saying such violence negates the rule of law and democratic principles. Full text...

  • Tension returns to Tahrir Square, key football match postponed
    29 june 2011 11:18:50
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Clashes erupted late Tuesday between protesters and police in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, with protesters throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, and the police responding with multiple rounds of tear gas. Full text...

  • AI urges Nigeria armed groups to stop targeting civilians
    28 june 2011 09:12:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Rights group Amnesty International has urged armed groups in Nigeria to stop attacking civilians, following the latest spate of bombings that left at least 27 dead and many more injured in the northern city of Maiduguri, base of Islamic sect Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Bomb blast kills 25 in Nigerian state
    27 june 2011 08:04:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 25 persons were killed and many more injured in an explosion that rocked a drinking joint in the Dala Ward of Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's North-eastern state of Borno, Sunday evening. Full text...

  • Nigeria police headquarters explosion 'not suicide bombing'
    22 june 2011 20:40:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police Wednesday backtracked on its earlier statement that the explosion that rocked the car park of the police headquarters in Abuja 16 June, killing at least eight people, was caused by a suicide bomber. Full text...

  • Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill six policemen, 1 civilian in Nigeria (Corrected)
    21 june 2011 08:21:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Six policemen and one civilian were shot dead in two Nigerian states Monday by gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, a day after suspected members of the sect killed five unarmed civilians, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Police arrest 58 over suicide bombing in Nigeria
    20 june 2011 12:50:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Police have arrested 58 members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for the 16 June bombing of the police headquarters in the nation's capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • Abducted youth corpers rescued in Nigeria
    20 june 2011 08:27:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police announced Monday they had rescued the five members of the country's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), who were kidnapped in southern Rivers state 7 June. Full text...

  • Nigeria's opposition party advises govt on Boko Haram violence
    19 june 2011 12:26:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Leading opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has advised the authorities to urgently engage those behind the worsening Boko Haram-led violence in dialogue, rather than place emphasis on the use of force, as a way of ending the violence. Full text...

  • Death toll climbs in Nigeria's suicide bombing
    17 june 2011 09:23:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll from Thursday's suicide bombing in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja has increased from the initial number of two to eight, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Gunmen kidnap mother of Nigeria's ruling party chief
    15 june 2011 09:09:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen have abducted the mother of the National Legal Adviser of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Olusola Oke, but have yet to demand any ransom, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Body of missing South African recovered
    14 june 2011 10:06:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Police Service on Monday announced that together with their colleagues from Mozambique, they have discovered the body of a 25-year-old South African who went missing in Mozambique last year. Full text...

  • 'Boko Haram' Islamists give conditions to end killings
    14 june 2011 07:47:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - After killing hundreds through bomb attacks and drive-by shootings, the fundamentalist Islamic group Boko Haram, based in Nigeria's northern Borno State, has given conditions for the cessation of hostilities in the state.Full text...

  • UN chief expresses concern over escalating violence in South Sudan
    13 june 2011 14:06:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon n Monday expressed concern over escalating violence in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan, where thousands of people have been displaced. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill police, two others in Nigeria
    11 june 2011 16:21:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen on Saturday shot dead a police Corporal and two others in Yenagoa, capital of Nigeria's oil-rich state of Bayelsa, home state of President Goodluck Jonathan. Full text...

  • UNFPA boss calls for prevention of gender-based violence
    10 june 2011 17:20:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), on Friday said that stronger action must be taken to change harmful gender norms and practices and to integrate the prevention of gender-based violence into anti-HIV efforts. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President backs dialogue to end violence by Islamists
    09 june 2011 08:05:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has said he is not opposed to the decision of the government of northern Borno state to enter into dialogue with the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram, which is widely believed to be behind the spate of deadly bombings and killings in the state in recent times. Full text...

  • MEND: First attack will be against Italian oil giant ENI
    09 june 2011 07:20:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In it second online message in as many days, Nigeria's militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said Italian oil giant ENI would be the first oil firm to be attacked when the group resumes its attacks in the region soon. Full text...

  • Jonathan not opposed to negotiations with Nigerian terror group
    08 june 2011 18:17:52
    New York, US (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said he was not opposed to the proposed negotiation by the North Eastern State of Borno with the Boko Haram sect that are perpetrating bombings and violence.Full text...

  • 11 killed in multiple bombings in Nigerian city
    08 june 2011 08:10:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Multiple explosions Tuesday rocked Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state, leaving at least 11 dead and several others injured, according to state police spokesman Lawan Abdullahi. Full text...

  • MEND goes pan-African, condemns attacks on Libya
    07 june 2011 08:54:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said it is resuming attacks on oil facilities shortly to protest continued troops deployment in the oil region as well as Western attacks on Libya.Full text...

  • Group urges trial of Nigerian Ambassador to Kenya for wife battering
    01 june 2011 10:33:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian human rights group, Women Arise, has called for the prosecution of the country's High Commissioner to Kenya, Dr. Chijioke Wigwe, for allegedly battering his wife, Tess, at their post in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Mutharika summons students over protracted university stand-off in Malawi
    31 may 2011 19:35:23
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has summoned students of Chancellor College and the Polytechnic, two constituent colleges of the University of Malawi at the centre of a protracted wrangle over academic freedom in the southern African country, to a closed-door meeting at his official New State House in the capital, Lilongwe, Wednesday.Full text...

  • Islamic militants kill brother of top Nigerian traditional ruler (corrected)
    31 may 2011 13:05:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be members of the 'Boko Haram' Islamic fundamentalists have killed the younger brother of Shehu of Borno, Abba Anas Ibn Garbai, in Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri, the police confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

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