Violence in Africa -
  • Police confirm 41 killed in clash with Islamic sect in Nigeria
    27 july 2009 12:03:00
    Bauchi- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police Monday confirmed that 41 persons were killed in clashes with members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram in the northern state of Bauchi on Sunday. Full text...

  • 32 Islamic militants killed in Nigeria violence
    26 july 2009 14:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A shootout between the police and suspected Islamic mili tants in Nigeria's northern Bauchi state has left 32 dead, according to police s o urces in the capital city of Bauchi. Full text...

  • MEND frees foreign hostages
    22 july 2009 13:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said Wednesday it had released unharmed the six foreign crew of the chemical tanker, Sichem Peace, who were seized 5 July in the oil producing Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • MEND 'to free' foreign crew of chemical tanker
    21 july 2009 20:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said Tuesday it would free the six crew members of the chemical tanker, Sichem Peace, within the next 24 ho urs. Full text...

  • Nigerian military denies planning to attack MEND
    15 july 2009 22:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in Nigeria 's Niger Delta oil region Wednesday denied planning to attack the country's oil militants again. Full text...

  • MEND says ceasefire threatened
    15 july 2009 20:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said Wednesday that its unilateral, 60-day ceasefire may be called off if the military Joint Task Force (JTF) attacks one of its camp in the oil region. Full text...

  • MEND declares 60-day ceasefire
    15 july 2009 14:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Following the release of its incarcerated leader Henry O kah, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has declared a u nilateral ceasefire to pave the way for talks with the federal government. Full text...

  • Okah's release a step towards genuine peace - MEND
    13 july 2009 22:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) Monday hailed the release of its leader, Henry Okah, calling it ''a step towards genuine peace and prosperity if Nigeria is open to frank talks and deal sincerely with the root issues once and for all. Full text...

  • MEND leader freed in Nigeria
    13 july 2009 16:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Henry Okah, leader of Nigeria's main oil militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), was freed Monday after the government dropped treason and gun-running charges against him, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • MEND attack on Lagos jetty kills 3
    13 july 2009 16:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The attack on a key Nigerian fuel jetty off the country' s commercial city of Lagos Sunday night left three dead, including a naval officer, and the facility severely damaged, N igerian officials said Monday. Full text...

  • MEND ''attacks'' key jetty in Lagos
    13 july 2009 09:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In perhaps their first-ever attack outside Nigeria's oil -producing Niger Delta region, the country's main oil militants said they had attacked the key Atlas Cove Jetty in Lagos and launched a new phase in their armed campaign for a more equitable distribution of oil resources. Full text...

  • MEND 'destroys' repaired Chevron pipeline in Nigeria
    10 july 2009 23:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) said Friday its fighters had destroyed a recently-repaired key Chevron pipeline in the oil producing Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • MEND 'supports' Okah's acceptance of amnesty
    09 july 2009 20:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) Thursday expressed support for the decision of its leader, Mr Henry Okah, to accept the offer of amnesty fr om Nigeria's federal government. Full text...

  • DEVELOPING STORY: MEND leader accepts Yar'Adua's amnesty offer
    09 july 2009 19:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- MEND leader Henry Okah, who is currently facing treason and gun-running charges, has accepted an offer of amnesty by Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua, according to his lead lawyer, Mr. Full text...

  • Inter-tribal violence in southern Sudan worries UN
    09 july 2009 15:54:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Thursday expressed concern over the inter-tribal vi olence in southern Sudan, which has claimed more than 1,000 lives since the begi n ning of the year. Full text...

  • Father of Nigerian football star escapes gun attack
    08 july 2009 10:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The father of Nigeria and Locomotiv Moscow football star Osaze Odemwingie narrowly escaped death Tuesday when he was attacked by gunmen while driving his car near his residence in the country's Mid-western Benin city. Full text...

  • Chevron 'shuts' five facilities, 'evacuates' 600 staffers in Nigeria
    08 july 2009 09:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After bearing the brunt of recent attacks by Nigeria's o il militants, American oil giant Chevron has closed down five crude oil platforms producing a total of 230,000 barrels pe r day and evacuated 600 staffers from offshore locations in the oil producing Niger Delta region, the local Punch newspaper rep orted Wednesday. Full text...

  • MEND abducts 6 foreign crew of 'chemical tankers'
    06 july 2009 12:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) announced Monday it had taken hostage six foreign crew members of a 'chemical tanker', Siehem Peace, some 20 nautical miles from Escravos in Nigeria's restive oil region It listed the crew as Captain Yuriy Shastim, Chief Engineer Vasvi Bondarkov and 2nd Engineer Viktor Koshevoy (all from Russia); Cadet Banjit Singh Dhindsa (India) as well as Arivando Galima and Tavares Rouirg o (Philippines). Full text...

  • MEND 'blows' up key Chevron facility
    06 july 2009 07:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has blown up the strategic Okan manifold, which connects about 80 percent of Chevron Nigeria Limited offshore cr ude oil to its BOP Crude Loading Platform in Delta state. Full text...

  • Demonstrators vandalise party headquarters in Guinea
    05 july 2009 18:41:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Several young demonstrators with bludgeons and stones S aturday vandalised the headquarters of the Democratic Union of Guinea (UDG), in t he suburbs of Conakry, informed sources told PANA Sunday. Full text...

  • MEND 'attacks' Shell facility again
    05 july 2009 09:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) claimed Sunday it had attacked another facility operated by Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell in the oil producing Ni ger Delta region, the second such attack in six days. Full text...

  • Fire kills 2 pipeline vandals in Nigeria
    02 july 2009 13:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two suspected pipeline vandals have been burnt to death while breaking open a pipeline at Eleme in Rivers state, in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region, the police said Thursday. Full text...

  • Egypt shoots dead two Somalis on Israel border
    02 july 2009 10:15:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- In the third shooting incident in less than two weeks on E gypt’s border with Israel, two Somali refugees were shot dead Thursday morning by Egyptian border guards, according to a Somali refugee l iving in Cairo. Full text...

  • 'Car theft drops in Lagos'
    30 june 2009 09:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 363 cars were stolen in the first six month of this year in Nigeria's economic nerve centre of Lagos, compared with 907 in 2007 and 669 in 2008, according to police statistics published by a local newspaper Tuesd a y. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua moves to speed up amnesty for MEND leader
    30 june 2009 07:17:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar’Adua has directed the chai r of the Presidential Panel on Amnesty for Niger Delta militants, retired Maj. Full text...

  • Shell, military confirm attack on oil platform in Nigeria
    29 june 2009 12:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell and the Nigerian military ha ve confirmed Monday's attack by militants on an offshore oil platform operated by the oil firm in Delta state, in the oil producing Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • MEND 'attacks' Shell offshore platform, 'kills' 23 soldiers
    29 june 2009 08:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said Monday it attacked the Shell Forcados offshore platform in Delta state e arlier in the day, setting 'Cluster 11 and 30' on fire and killing many soldiers . Full text...

  • Egypt police shoot dead two Africans along Israeli border
    28 june 2009 15:50:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Two immigrants from sub-Saharan African were killed and tw o more, including a 15-year-old, wounded along the Israeli border with Egypt on S unday, security officials confirmed. Full text...

  • MEND scoffs at amnesty offer
    27 june 2009 10:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has practically scoffed at the 60-day conditional amnesty for Nigerian oil militants announced by President Uma ru Yar'Aua on Thursday. Full text...

  • MEND claims 2nd attack on Shell in 24hrs
    26 june 2009 08:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For the second time within 24 hours, the Movement for th e Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said Friday it had attacked another Shell facility in the oil-producing Niger De lta region. Full text...

  • Nigerian President grants amnesty to oil militants
    25 june 2009 18:19:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua, eager to resolve the Niger Delta crisis which has cut Nigeria's oil production by more than 25%, Thursday announced a 60-day amnesty for the country's oil mili tants, but with stringent conditions to be met by those willing to take the offer. Full text...

  • MEND 'attacks' Shell facility in Nigeria again
    25 june 2009 08:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) claimed Thursday it had attacked three key flow stations feeding the Bonny Export Terminal in Rivers state earlie r in the day, in continuation of its vow to cripple Nigeria's oil production and export. Full text...

  • Nigerian military denies holding disarmament talks with oil militants
    22 june 2009 12:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military Monday denied media reports that i t is engaged in disarmament talks with the militants in the country's oil producing Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • Weapons in impounded plane 'meant for Nigerian oil militants'
    21 june 2009 15:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military said Sunday that the arms and muni tions contained in the Ukrainian plane that has been impounded in Nigeria belong e d to the country's oil militants. Full text...

  • MEND claims third attack against Shell in one day
    21 june 2009 15:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For the third time Sunday, the Movement for the Emancipa tion of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed it had attacked a major Shell facility, t h is time an offshore oil field off the coast of Southern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Shell confirms MEND's attack
    21 june 2009 10:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell Sunday confirmed that the Mo vement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) attacked two of its major pipelines in Rivers state in the early hours of the da y, in the second such attack in five days. Full text...

  • MEND claims another attack against Shell pipeline
    21 june 2009 09:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) claimed Sunday it had attacked two major Shell pipelines in Rivers state in t he early hours of the day, in the second such attack in five days. Full text...

  • Nigerian crew members of vessel hijacked by Somali pirates arrive
    20 june 2009 15:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After being held for 10 months by Somali pirates, the 10 Nigerian crew members of MV Yenagoa Ocean, the tugboat that was hijacked by the pirates last year, returned to Nigeria Saturday. Full text...

  • MEND claims attack on Agip export pipeline
    19 june 2009 10:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) claimed Friday it had attacked a major pipeline delivering crude oil to the Brass export terminal at N embe in Bayelsa state, in continuation of its efforts to cripple Nigeria's oil and gas exports. Full text...

  • Shell confirms attack on its facilities in Nigeria
    18 june 2009 14:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian subsidiary of Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell T hursday confirmed the attack on its pipeline in the Niger Delta oil region, saying it has forced the firm to shut in 'some oil produ ction'. Full text...

  • MEND 'blows up' Shell pipeline
    18 june 2009 07:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said it used explosives to blow up a major crude oil trunk line belonging t o Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell in Bayelsa state, in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil regi o n, the latest attack in its campaign to cripple the country's oil and gas export . Full text...

  • Sudan relief efforts disrupted - UN
    17 june 2009 06:39:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The United Nations has said its efforts to get food to tho usands of refugees in southern Sudan have been disrupted by armed gunmen. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua to personally receive repentant militant
    16 june 2009 16:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua said Tuesday he would personally receive the first militant leader to accept his amnesty offer to mil i tants in the country's restive Niger Delta oil region, in reference to Rivers St a te-based militant leader Ateke Tom. Full text...

  • MEND seeks UN-led investigation into Niger Delta 'war crimes'
    16 june 2009 08:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has written to international human rights and other organisations demanding a UN-led investigation into alleged war crimes in the oil region. Full text...

  • Nigerian military denies MEND attack against Chevron
    15 june 2009 13:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in Nigeri a's Niger Delta region has denied claims by the country's main oil militants tha t it blew up a Chevron flow station and other ancillary facilities early Monday. Full text...

  • MEND claims 4th attack against Chevron in one week
    15 june 2009 07:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For the fourth time in a week, the Movement for the Eman cipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed Monday it had carried out attacks against the facilities of US oil giant Chevron in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, this time blowing up a key flow station and other ancillary facilities. Full text...

  • MEND 'attacks' Chevron again
    14 june 2009 08:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For the second time in as many days, the Movement for th e Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has attacked the facilities of US oil m a jor Chevron in Nigeria's oil region, the group said in a statement emailed to th e media Sunday. Full text...

  • MEND claims fresh attacks on Chevron pipelines
    13 june 2009 09:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said on Saturday it had attacked gas and crude oil pipelines belonging to US oil giant Chevron, in continuation of its ''Hurricane Piper Alpha'' which it said was aimed at crippling Nigeria's oil production and export. Full text...

  • MEND gives update on British hostage
    12 june 2009 13:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said Friday it would release British hostage Mathew Maguire before the end o f the day. Full text...

  • EU backs amnesty for Nigerian oil militants
    12 june 2009 09:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has expressed support for the pl an by the Nigerian government to offer amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta r e gion, who are ready to lay down their arms and embrace peace. Full text...

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