Violence in Africa -
  • One militant shot dead, one arrested in Nigeria crackdown - Army
    19 may 2011 13:41:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Army soldiers who have been battling recalcitrant militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta region have shot dead a militant and arrested another, while continuing the hunt for fleeing militant leader John Togo and his cohorts. Full text...

  • Multiple bomb blasts rock Nigerian city
    19 may 2011 13:13:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's embattled northern city of Maiduguri was rocked by a series of blasts on Thursday, but the authorities have not said if anyone was killed or injured. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. sued at ECOWAS Court over killing of corps members
    17 may 2011 16:00:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A civil society group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has dragged the Nigerian Government to the ECOWAS Court of Justice over the killing of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who served as adhoc staffers during the April general elections.Full text...

  • Rights group says post-election violence left 800 dead in Nigeria
    16 may 2011 13:48:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that deadly election-related and communal violence in northern Nigeria, following the April 2011 presidential poll, left over 800 people dead and displaced 65,000 others. Full text...

  • Nigeria opposition urges President to tackle post-election violence
    15 may 2011 12:09:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's leading opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) party has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle the post-election violence directed at the party's members, warning it could trigger another orgy of killings similar to the ones in several northern states after the 16 April presidential election. Full text...

  • UN Security Council expresses concern over violence in Abyei region
    12 may 2011 15:01:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday expressed deep concern about the situation in Sudan's disputed Abyei region and urged the two sides to the peace pact that ended the country’s long-running north-south civil war to reach an agreement on the area’s status`` as soon as possible''.Full text...

  • UN human rights workers discover mass graves in Abidjan
    10 may 2011 16:01:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Tuesday a team of UN human rights workers found 70 corpses in a series of graves in a suburb of Cote d’Ivoire’s biggest city, Abidjan. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President names panel to probe electoral violence
    10 may 2011 08:10:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has named a 22-member panel to probe the violence that accompanied the 2011 general elections. Full text...

  • Ugandan opposition leader leaves Nairobi hospital
    06 may 2011 19:10:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was discharged from hospital Friday after making a full recovery from injuries sustained during brutal police beatings over the walk-to-work protests in Kampala, sources revealed. Full text...

  • Twenty five killed in ethnic violence in Guinea
    05 may 2011 21:43:05
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – At least 25 people died in ethnic clashes that took place last Tuesday in the district of Galakpaye in the prefecture of Yomou, southeast Guinea, the Guinea Radio and Television Broadcasting Corporation (RTG) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Bin Laden's killing: US alerts embassies of possible anti-American violence
    02 may 2011 08:39:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The United States Department of State Monday alerted U.S. citizens travelling and residing abroad ''to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan''. Full text...

  • Policemen, soldier arrested over illegal election duty in Nigeria
    26 april 2011 18:38:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Joint Task Force (JTF) keeping the peace in Nigeria's Niger Delta region Tuesday arrested six anti-riot policemen and one soldier who were found to be on ''illegal election duty'' in oil-rich Bayelsa state. Full text...

  • Early morning explosion rocks Nigerian city on election day
    26 april 2011 09:42:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A bomb exploded in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern state of Borno, in the early hours of Tuesday, ahead of the day's governorship and state legislative poll in the state. Full text...

  • 2 soldiers killed, 3 others seriously injured in Burundi shooting incident
    25 april 2011 13:40:21
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Two soldiers were killed and three others seriously injured following a shooting incident at the military "para-commandos" Camp Muha, located on the southern outskirts of the capital city of Bujumbura, according to the National Defence and Veterans Force spokesman, Colonel Gaspard Baratuya. Full text...

  • Many feared dead as bomb blasts rock Nigerian city
    25 april 2011 10:55:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Three bomb blasts went off simultaneously in Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri Sunday night, raising fears of mass casualties, the local press reported. Full text...

  • Opposition leader blames government for student clashes
    21 april 2011 22:29:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The chairman of the opposition Rally for Democratic Forces (RFD), Ahmed Ould Daddah, on Thursday accused supporters of the government of being behind two days of violent clashes between two student trade unions at the University of Nouakchott.Full text...

  • Nigeria 2011: ICC monitoring electoral violence
    21 april 2011 18:05:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday said it was closely monitoring the situation in Nigeria and was concerned with the outbreak of violence following the presidential elections.Full text...

  • Nigeria's post-election violence: Kaduna United/Sahel Tunisia CAF match now to hold in Abeokuta
    20 april 2011 19:38:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The post-presidential election crisis in the northern part of Nigeria has forced the country's representatives in the Confederation of African Football cup competition, Kaduna United, to relocate to Abeokuta, south west Ogun state, where they will play their Tunisian opponents, Ethiole Du Sahel, in the competition's first leg. Full text...

  • Peace gradually returns to Nigeria after post-poll violence (updated)
    20 april 2011 09:21:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Peace is gradually returning to Nigeria's northern region, wracked by spontaneous violence in protest against Saturday's presidential election in Africa's most populous nation. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President urges calm after election riots
    18 april 2011 18:26:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Monday called for calm, after riots broke out in several states in the northern part of the country over the result of Saturday's presidential election. Full text...

  • Nigerian state governor slams curfew on major cities after riots
    18 april 2011 16:24:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Governor Isa Yuguda of Nigeria's northern Bauchi state Monday imposed a 24-hour curfew in major cities in the state, following the riots that broke out to protest the results of Saturday's presidential election. Full text...

  • Private residence of Nigeria's VP burnt, as protests against polls results spread (update)
    18 april 2011 14:07:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The private residence of Nigeria's Vice President Namadi Sambo was razed Monday by angry youth protesting the results of Saturday's presidential election in the country, which shows incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan has won. Full text...

  • Protests against presidential results spread in northern Nigeria
    18 april 2011 13:50:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The protests which broke out in several parts of the north Sunday, after news filtered in that incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is on the way to winning Saturday's presidential election, has spread to other parts of the region. Full text...

  • 10 killed in post-election violence in Nigeria
    18 april 2011 09:25:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 10 people were killed while cars, houses and other properties were either burnt or damaged in post-election riots in Nigeria's northern Bauchi and Gombe states on Sunday, the local press reported. Full text...

  • Policeman's killing of boy triggers riots in Nigerian state
    17 april 2011 17:12:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An errant policeman on Sunday shot dead a boy in Nigeria's northern Katsina state, triggering a riot in which at least 24 cars were burnt and many other properties damaged, the local media reported.Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for 'prompt prevention' of sexual violence
    15 april 2011 14:42:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Margot Wallstrom, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, on Friday stressed the need to prevent conflict-related sexual violence before it happens. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Explosion rocks polling station in Nigeria
    09 april 2011 13:26:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Explosion rocked a polling station in Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri Saturday, injuring security agents and electoral officials, as parliamentary election is being held across the country, the police said. Full text...

  • At least 6 dead in bombing of electoral office in Nigeria
    08 april 2011 23:06:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least six persons, mostly members of Nigeria's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), are feared to have died in Friday's bombing of the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Suleija, Northern Niger state, according to the private Channels Television station.Full text...

  • Many feared dead in bombing of electoral office in Nigeria
    08 april 2011 19:48:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared killed or injured after a suspected bomb explosion at the office of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Suleja, northern Niger State, Friday, according to the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Shuaibu Yushau. Full text...

  • UN human rights team discovers hundreds of corpses in Cote d'Ivoire
    08 april 2011 18:41:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office said Friday its investigators have found more than 100 corpses over the past 24 hours in three different towns in the strife-torn Cote d’Ivoire, with some of them appearing to be ethnic killings. Full text...

  • Malawi court stops Council from shutting down university
    05 april 2011 16:46:37
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The Industrial Relations Court in Blantyre has granted an injunction restraining the University Council, the regulatory authority of the University of Malawi, from 'completely shutting down' two constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. Full text...

  • MEND shelves planned attacks against oil installations
    03 april 2011 10:13:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has shelved its plan to resume attacks against oil facilities in the oil region and also to bomb political gatherings, saying the action is to ''allow for a safe general election''.Full text...

  • UN envoy commends AU's commitment to sexual violence
    01 april 2011 14:41:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Margot Wallstrom, has welcomed the commitment of the African Union (AU) to combat sexual violence on the continent. Full text...

  • New law prohibits categories of strikes, sit-ins in Egypt
    24 march 2011 17:32:24
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian Ministerial Council, headed by Premier Essam Sharaf, Wednesday ratified a law that prohibits specific types of demonstrations, strikes and sit-ins that hamper production and the economic recovery of the country in its critical transitional period. Full text...

  • Two men killed by own explosives in Nigerian city
    21 march 2011 08:46:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two men were killed by the explosives they had planned to detonate in a church Sunday in Jos, capital of Nigeria's Plateau state, which has been wracked by ethno-religious violence that has left over 200 dead in the past three months, the police said. Full text...

  • Explosion rocks troubled Nigerian city
    20 march 2011 16:59:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An explosion has occurred in Jos, capital of Nigeria's central Plateau Full text...

  • AI warns Nigeria to stem rising violence ahead of polls
    18 march 2011 14:10:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) Friday urged the Nigerian authorities to act to stem a rising tide of political, ethnic and religious violence that risks threatening the stability of next month's polls. Full text...

  • UN official tasks Angola, DRC on tackling sexual violence
    17 march 2011 17:22:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Margot Wallstrom, on Thursday called on Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to investigate allegations of sexual violence and take practical steps to prevent them. Full text...

  • MEND claims responsibility for Agip attack
    16 march 2011 21:30:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack on an Agip's facility in Nigeria's oil region, saying it is the beginning of the fight ''for the liberation of the Niger Delta''. Full text...

  • Nigerian military confirms attack on Agip facility
    16 march 2011 14:48:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military Wednesday confirmed an attack on an Agip facility in oil-producing Bayelsa state. Full text...

  • Five family members killed in Nigeria's volatile city
    14 march 2011 18:17:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Five member of the same family were killed early Monday in Nigeria's central city of Jos, as the seemingly endless ethno-religious killings in the city and its environs continue unabated, police said. Full text...

  • Mutharika accuses lecturer of inciting students to topple Malawi govt
    14 march 2011 18:07:00
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The stand-off between university lecturers at the Zomba-based Chancellor College, the main constituent college of the University of Malawi, and the government of President Bingu wa Mutharika is spreading with another institution joining the fray in solidarity. Full text...

  • Suspected Islamic fundamentalists kill Muslim Cleric in Nigeria
    14 march 2011 14:50:23
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram have shot dead a Muslim Cleric, in the latest of such killings in Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri. Full text...

  • 50 die in pre-election violence in Nigeria
    14 march 2011 08:54:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - More than 50 people have been killed in violence linked to political party primaries and election campaigns since Nov. 2010, ahead of next month's general elections in Nigeria, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). Full text...

  • Nigeria police arrest 15 over attack on President’s convoy
    13 march 2011 09:18:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police said 15 persons have been arrested and 13 of them charged to court over last week's stoning of the convoy of President Goodluck Jonathan, when he went to northern Gombe state to campaign for next month's general election. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President condemns political rally blast
    03 march 2011 22:40:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned Thursday's explosion at a ruling party rally that left at least 10 persons dead in Suleja, northern Niger state. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Bomb blast rocks campaign rally in Nigeria
    03 march 2011 16:46:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A political campaign rally in Suleja, in Nigeria's northern Niger State, Full text...

  • AI demands investigations into Tunisia violence
    01 march 2011 22:27:13
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) is demanding immediate independent investigations into the violence perpetrated by the Tunisian security forces during demonstrations last December and January in the North African country that led to the collapse of the regime of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Full text...

  • ICRC "concerned" about resurgence of Ivorian violence (corrected)
    25 february 2011 22:38:44
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday expressed concern about the resurgence of violence in Côte d'Ivoire that has triggered the flight of thousands of people. Full text...

  • 12 killed in fresh violence in Nigerian city, Jos
    22 february 2011 15:23:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - An attack by unknown assailants on the Rwang Fang village in Nigeria's central Plateau state early Tuesday left 12 persons dead and several others injured, the military said. Full text...

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