Violence in Africa -
  • Thousands displaced by LRA rebels
    12 august 2009 19:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 12,000 civilians have been forced from their h omes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following a wave of attacks b y the rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Full text...

  • Niger Delta women threaten 'kitchen strike' to press for peace
    11 august 2009 10:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Women in Nigeria's restive but oil-rich Niger Delta regi on have threatened to down their cooking utensils unless the developmental problems in the region are addressed urgently. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns attack on Ghanaian Ambassador to Guinea
    10 august 2009 20:23:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Commission has condemned elements of the Guin ean Security Forces for the 'unprovoked' attack on the Ambassador of Ghana to Gu i nea, Dominic Ezoa Aboagye, on 8 August. Full text...

  • Armed youths blow up Shell gas pipeline in Nigeria
    10 august 2009 14:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some armed youths in Nigeria's oil-rich Delta state vent ed their anger at the federal government and some oil firms by blowing up a Shell gas pipeline with dynamites at the week end, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Amnesty for Nigeria oil militants takes off (Corrected)
    06 august 2009 11:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 60-day amnesty granted to willing Nigerian oil milit ants by the federal government took off Thursday, but uncertainty surrounds the process. Full text...

  • MEND denies involvement in cash for arms deal
    05 august 2009 08:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has denied involvement in the reported cash for arms deal being proposed by some militant groups in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region as part of the government's amnesty offer billed to take effe c t Thursday. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua's amnesty to N/Delta militants takes effect Thursday
    04 august 2009 20:19:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 60-day presidential amnesty proclaimed by Nigerian P resident Umaru Musa Yara?Adua for the militants in the Niger Delta zone of the c ountry takes effect from Thursday. Full text...

  • Poll violence: US, UK rap Kenya
    04 august 2009 17:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US on Tuesday criticised Kenya for failing to form a special tribunal to try suspects in the 2007 election violence, hours before a v isit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua orders investigation into Boko Haram violence
    04 august 2009 14:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yara?Adua has ordered an inve stigation into the Boko Haram violence to determine what precipitated it, the role of security agencies and the killing the leader of the sect, Mohammed Yusuf. Full text...

  • Armed robbers attack MEND leader, snatches car
    04 august 2009 09:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have attacked Henry Okah, leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), 20 days after he was freed from incarceration on the str ength of a government amnesty, the private Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian state governors move to stem sectarian violence
    04 august 2009 08:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Smarting from days of violence that left 780 people dead and displaced thousands, Governors of the 19 states in the predominantly-Muslim northern Nigeria have announced measures aimed at stemm ing worsening sectarian violence in the area. Full text...

  • UN expresses concern over violence in Southern Sudan
    03 august 2009 20:03:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed conce rn over the 2 August attack in Akobo, Jongeli State, Southern Sudan, which claim e d 185 people, including women, children and soldiers. Full text...

  • '11 churches burnt in Maiduguri violence'
    03 august 2009 15:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 11 churches were burnt in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state, during the four-day violence blamed on the fundamentalist Islamic sect Boko Haram (Western education is taboo) last week, according to Christian officials in the city. Full text...

  • Nigerian Islamic sect leaders 'trained in Algeria, Afghanistan'
    02 august 2009 09:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Several members of Boko Haram, the Islamic sect blamed f or the violence that swept across five states in northern Nigeria last week, wer e trained in Algeria in the last three years while the sect got its arms from Afg h anistan, the private Nation newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Death toll in violence that hit Nigerian state put at 700
    02 august 2009 07:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Authorities in Nigeria's northern Borno state have put t he death toll in the Islamic sect violence that hit the state capital, Maiduguri, last week at 700. Full text...

  • Police take stock of victims, calm returns to Nigerian state
    01 august 2009 11:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Calm was gradually returning to Maiduguri, the besieged capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state, Saturday as health workers cleared th e city of bodies of Islamic sect members and the police prepared to take stock of victims of the four-day gun battle between security agents and members of 'Boko H aram' sect. Full text...

  • Curfew relaxed in Borno as govt confirms death of sect leader
    31 july 2009 09:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The night-time curfew imposed on Nigeria's Borno state, in the wake of the violence that swept the northern part of the country this week, has been relaxed after th e state authorities confirmed the death of Muhammed Yusuf, the leader of the sect that is blamed for the violence. Full text...

  • Nigerian Islamic sect leader feared dead
    30 july 2009 21:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Muhammed Yusuf, the 39-year-old leader of the self-style d 'Nigerian Taliban' Islamic sect that has thrown the northern part of the count r y into chaos since Sunday, is feared dead, sources close to the police said Thur s day. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua urges all to stem spread of violence in Nigeria
    30 july 2009 18:48:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua on Thursday urged Stat e governors to mobilize traditional and religious leaders in their areas in a bi d to mount a campaign against the notorious 'Boko Haram sect, which has unleashed a wave of terror in the northern part of the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian military says Borno state 'cleared of Islamic sect members'
    30 july 2009 17:41:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military said Thursday its troops have tota lly dislodged members of the radical Islamic sect 'Boko Haram' from the sect's headquarters in Maiduguri, Borno state. Full text...

  • Death toll rises to over 400 as fighting continues in northern Nigeria
    30 july 2009 09:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian army soldiers continued their battle against the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in Maiduguri, the northern Borno state capital, Thursday, but sect leader Mohamm ed Yusuf is believed to have escaped with some followers. Full text...

  • Police kill 33 Islamists in fresh violence, fighting spreads in Nigeria
    29 july 2009 13:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 33 members of the radical Islamic sect, the sel f-styled 'Nigeria Taliban', were killed in northern Yobe state on Wednesday as s e curity forces continued to hunt down members of the sect, the police said. Full text...

  • Fate of Nigerian radical Islamists leader unknown after military operation
    29 july 2009 09:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military has destroyed the headquarters of the radical Islamist sect that has spread violence across the country's northern states, but the fate of the leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was y et known as at Wednesday morning. Full text...

  • Nigeria to root out radical Islamists
    28 july 2009 21:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Worried by the violence being perpetrated in the norther n part of the country by the self-styled Taliban Islamic group, Nigeria's President Umaru Yar’Adua said defence and security forces had been man dated to immediately launch a major operation in a section of the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, to root out the leader and remaining members of the sect. Full text...

  • UN chief unhappy over sectarian clashes in Nigeria
    28 july 2009 19:27:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed conce rn over reports of another round of sectarian violence in northern Nigeria, whic h has reportedly led to scores of deaths. Full text...

  • Malian govt. courts peace with northern rebels
    28 july 2009 14:33:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government, determined to restore total peace w ith armed rebel gangs in the northern part of the country, has made available 1. Full text...

  • Islamists violence: Nigerian President puts security agents on red alert
    27 july 2009 20:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar’Adua has ordered national security agencies to take all necessary action to contain and repel the 'sad and shocking attacks' by Islamists on police posts and public buildings in some states in the country's largely-Muslim north. Full text...

  • '100 Islamic sect members killed' in shootout with police in Nigeria
    27 july 2009 16:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the violence perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalists s pread in Nigeria's largely-Muslim northern Nigeria, the police said Monday it had killed 100 members of the Boko Haram sect in north ern Borno state. Full text...

  • Police confirm 41 killed in clash with Islamic sect in Nigeria
    27 july 2009 15:48:00
    Bauchi- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police Monday confirmed that 41 persons wer e killed in clashes with members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram in the northern state of Bauchi on Sunday. Full text...

  • 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...

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