Violence in Africa -
  • 'All out war' breaks out in Niger Delta
    15 may 2009 17:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Full scale fighting, described by Nigerian oil militants as ''all out war', broke out in the country's Niger Delta oil region Friday, after the military launched an offe nsive against militants following three days of skirmishes in the region. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: MEND claims hostage killed in Nigeria
    15 may 2009 16:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said Friday that an unidentified hostage has been killed ''by stray bullets' ' following the resumption of hostilities between militants and the military in t h e Niger Delta oil region. Full text...

  • Nigeria military resumes offensive against oil militants
    15 may 2009 16:24:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- After three days of renewed clashes between soldiers and militants in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region, the Nigerian military Friday announced the resumption of a major offensive again st the militants. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian military resumes offensive against oil militants
    15 may 2009 16:13:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military Friday announced the resumption of a military offensive against militants in the country's oil producing Niger Del t a region. Full text...

  • Egypt border guards shoot dead African migrant
    15 may 2009 14:14:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- A migrant from sub-Saharan Africa was killed near the bord er with Israel after he was discovered by Egyptian border police, who opened fir e on him, PANA reported. Full text...

  • 15 foreign crew members taken hostage in Nigeria
    14 may 2009 14:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A ship, MV Spirit, has been hijacked off the waters of D elta state in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region and its 15 crew members taken hostage, the region's largest militant group said Thursday. Full text...

  • 'Operation against Somali pirates a success'
    14 may 2009 13:22:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European operation Atlante targeting maritime pir acy in the Somalian basin of the Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Aden, launched o n 8 December 2008, has led to the arrest of 52 pirates, of whom 32 were transferred to Kenya for trial. Full text...

  • Nigerian army denies MEND attack
    14 may 2009 12:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military has denied claims by Niger Delta's largest militant group that it destroyed five gun boats and various support ves s els in a pre-emptive attack against military targets in the region on Thursday. Full text...

  • 'Oil War' resumes in Niger Delta?
    14 may 2009 07:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The long ceasefire declared by militants in Nigeria's Ni ger Delta region, after an 'oil war' late last year, may be over after the militants said they launched a pre-emptive attack against military targets in the oil-rich region on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Rivers state to jail kidnappers for life
    09 may 2009 14:21:00
    Lagos- 9 May -- Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers state in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region has signed into law a bill prescribing life imprisonment for anyone convicted of kidnapping. ) Full text...

  • US slams South Africa's border control security
    08 may 2009 11:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A US government report has painted a bleak pict ure of South Africa’s border security problems, which have negatively affected e f forts to counter terrorism. Full text...

  • 'Shell representative' in Nigerian state killed
    07 may 2009 08:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A community youth leader and Shell representative in Amu kpe, Delta state in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen, the military confirmed. Full text...

  • UN peacekeepers free 23 child soldiers in DRC
    06 may 2009 07:21:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - MONUC - freed nearly two dozen children from the ranks of the country's armed forces thi s week, the UN said. Full text...

  • SA police defuse hijacking of Taiwanese vessel
    05 may 2009 13:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's elite police Special Task Force Tuesday boarded a Taiwanese fishing vessel outside the Table Bay harbour in Cape Town and arrested crew memb ers who were holding the vessel’s captain and first officer hostage. Full text...

  • Nigerian Navy denies piracy charge
    05 may 2009 07:22:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Navy (NN) has denied the allegation by the Niger Delta militants that some navy soldiers on Sunday attacked two fishing trawlers on the high seas and stole their fish and cash worth 2. Full text...

  • MEND accuses Nigerian navy soldiers of piracy
    04 may 2009 08:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has accused Nigerian navy soldiers of attacking two fishing trawlers on the h igh seas and stealing their fish and cash worth 2. Full text...

  • Gunmen shoot woman dead in Nigeria church
    04 may 2009 08:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two gunmen shot a woman dead during Mass on Sunday at th e Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Apapa, in Nigeria's economic capital city of L a gos, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Canadian woman's abductors arraigned
    01 may 2009 11:07:00
    Kaduna- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three of the seven suspects arrested in connection with the abduction of Canadian woman Ann Mulligan in Nigeria's northern city of Kadu n a have been arraigned in court, charged with abduction and criminal conspiracy. Full text...

  • 7 arrested over abduction of Canadian woman in Nigeria
    30 april 2009 15:15:00
    Kaduna- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seven persons, including a lady, have been arrested ove r the kidnapping of Canadian Ann Mulligan in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna on 16 April, the Kaduna state government said Thursday. Full text...

  • 'Freed Canadian woman safe in police custody'
    30 april 2009 12:16:00
    Kaduna- Nigeria (PANA) -- Abducted Canadian woman Ann Mulligan, who was freed on Thursday, is safely in police custody in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna, wher e she was kidnapped last week, the police said. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Abducted Canadian woman freed in Nigeria
    30 april 2009 08:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Canadian woman Ann Mulligan, who was kidnapped by unknow n gunmen in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna last week, has been freed, police s aid. Full text...

  • Gunmen kidnap brother of Nigerian airline owner
    29 april 2009 09:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Gunmen numbering seven have kidnapped the elder brother of Sir Joseph Arumeni-Johnson, who owns Nigeria's fastest growing private Arik Air, the police confirmed. Full text...

  • Kidnapped British worker freed in Nigeria
    26 april 2009 16:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A British oil worker, who was kidnapped by unknown gunme n in Nigeria's main oil city of Port Harcourt last Sunday, has been freed unharmed, the police confirmed Sunday. Full text...

  • Kidnapped Nigerian Army General freed unharmed
    26 april 2009 10:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Abductors of a retired Nigerian Army General, Peter Adem okhai, have set him free unharmed, after the payment of an undisclosed amount of money in ransom, the private Guard ian reported on Sunday. Full text...

  • Army General abducted in Nigeria
    25 april 2009 14:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A retired Nigerian Army General, Peter Ademokhai, has be en abducted and taken to an unknown destination by gunmen in Nigeria's Mid-west E do state. Full text...

  • Kidnapped Turkish sailors regain freedom in Nigeria
    23 april 2009 11:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A day after they were kidnapped by unknown gunmen off th e Bonny coast in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region, two Turkish sailors were freed unharmed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • French judges to interrogate Ivorian First Lady on missing journo
    22 april 2009 10:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Two French judges have arrived in Abidjan to que stion Ivorian First Lady Simon Gbagbo and others as part of the investigations i n to the disappearance of a journalist of French/Canadian origin, Guy-Andre Kieffe r . Full text...

  • 'Militias control natural resources in Cote d'Ivoire'
    22 april 2009 08:11:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Militia groups remain in control of natural resources in t he West African nation of Cote d'Ivoire, and are threatening the country's stability, a UN repor t has said. Full text...

  • Rebel raids displace 100,000 civilians in eastern DRC
    22 april 2009 08:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 100,000 Congolese civilians have been displaced in the volatile province of North Kivu over the past seven weeks as a result of raids by rebels. Full text...

  • Gunmen abduct Turkish sailors in Nigeria
    21 april 2009 21:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen Tuesday kidnapped two Turkish nationals a fter attacking their vessel, MT Alenya Mercan, off the Bonny coast in Nigeria's N iger Delta oil region, security sources said. Full text...

  • Kenya police crackdown on sect slaughter suspects
    21 april 2009 19:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya police have nabbed 63 suspects following the Monda y night slaughter in Mathira, central Kenya, where fighting between residents an d the outlawed Mungiki sect adherents claimed more than 29 lives. Full text...

  • 'We won't pay ransom for kidnapped Canadian'
    21 april 2009 09:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- District 9120 of Rotary International, which brought kid napped Canadian woman Ann Mulligan to Nigeria under its exchange programme, has v owed not to pay the 20 million naira (US$117,640) ransom being demanded by her a b ductors. Full text...

  • Outlawed gang hacks 30 to death in kenya
    21 april 2009 08:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Outlawed quasi-religious Mungiki sect Tuesday hacked to death 30 people in predawn retaliation attacks on a village in Central Kenya Province, where three of its five gang members were killed in t he previous week, police said here in response to PANA inquiries about the spate of insecurity in the region. Full text...

  • Two Copts killed after Easter service in Egypt
    19 april 2009 18:56:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – Two Egyptian Coptic Christia-ns were gunned down by Muslim gunmen after leaving an Easter vigil in southern Egypt in what appears to be a f i ve-year-old vendetta between the groups, a security official reported here on Su n day. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges more international efforts to curb pirates
    16 april 2009 02:41:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has called for an increased international effort to thwart piracy off Somalia's coast. Full text...

  • MEND threatens to turn Niger Delta to 'theatre of war'
    15 april 2009 17:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has threatened to turn Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region to a 'theatre of another civil war' should the military attack its camps. Full text...

  • Nigerian Navy 'recovers captured gunboat'
    14 april 2009 14:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Navy (NN) said it had retrieved the gunboat captured by militant youths during a clash between the two at the Nembe Creeks in the country's oil state of Bayels a in the early hours of Monday. Full text...

  • Suspect who swallowed record quantity of drugs arrested in Nigeria
    14 april 2009 09:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) s aid it had arrested nine suspected drug traffickers, one of them found to have ingested 136 wraps of coca ine weighing 3. Full text...

  • Suspected Muslim fanatics burn churches in Nigeria
    14 april 2009 07:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three churches were burnt and several Christians injured in two cities in Nigeria's northern state of Niger when suspected Muslim fanati c s turned on Christians during Easter celebration on Monday, the private Punch ne w spaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Navy says 2 soldiers killed, 1 abducted in clash with youths
    13 april 2009 12:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Navy has confirmed the reported clash betwe en soldiers and militant youths from the Nembe Creeks in Bayelsa, in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil r egion, in the early hours of Monday, but said only two soldiers were killed and one abducted in the clash. Full text...

  • '3 Nigerian navy soldiers killed, 2 gunboats captured'
    13 april 2009 11:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three Nigerian navy soldiers were killed, four abducted and two gunboats captured following a clash between the Nigerian military and angry youths from the Nembe Creeks in Nigeria' s oil state of Bayelsa in the early hours of Monday, the Niger Delta's largest militant group said. Full text...

  • Oxfam warns of humanitarian crisis in Eastern DR Congo
    08 april 2009 07:31:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The humanitarian crisis in DR Congo is as severe as it was in late 2008, international aid agency Oxfam has warned. Full text...

  • UN Security Council demands end to violence in CAR
    07 april 2009 23:39:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council on Tuesday demanded an end to violence by armed groups terrorising the northern Central African Republic (CAR) and called on all parties in the country to abide by the results of a recent national dialogue. Full text...

  • Nigeria opposition wants soldiers' attack against MP investigated
    07 april 2009 13:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's opposition Action Congress (AC) party has call ed for an investigation into the circumstances that led to the beating up, by so l diers, of the Speaker of the northern Kogi state House of Assembly (parliament) at the weekend. Full text...

  • Bomb scare at Italian embassy in Accra
    06 april 2009 22:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A bomb scare at the Italian Embassy in Accra on Monday led to its temporary closure as police combed the premises for the devise. Full text...

  • Niger Delta militants reject amnesty offer
    03 april 2009 10:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The main militant group in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region has scoffed at an amnesty offer announced on Thursday by President Umaru Yar'Adua, describing it as ''unrealistic'' ''Such an offer by a government known for its insincerity must first be given to those who are being held captive by the Nigerian state for the rest of us to ta k e seriously,'' the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said i n a statement e-mailed to journalists, in an apparent reference to its leader, H e nry Okah, who is being tried for treason by the government. Full text...

  • 'Police kill 6 kidnappers in Lagos'
    29 march 2009 11:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Lagos state command of the Nigeria police said they have killed six suspected kidnappers of a Lebanese man in the nation's economic c apital city of Lagos, the local press reported on Sunday. Full text...

  • Study reveals sexual violence is rooted in Burundi
    27 march 2009 16:37:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- National Council of Burundi Churches (CNBE) has rele ased a critical study based on a number of practices accepted nationally that fa v our sexual violences in Burundi society. Full text...

  • Robbers attack police boss' convoy, kill 6 policemen in Nigeria
    26 march 2009 08:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Dare-devil armed robbers numbering 20 attacked the convo y of a senior police officer in Nigeria on Wednesday, killing six policemen and o ne civilian, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Robbers kill 6 policemen in Nigeria
    19 march 2009 20:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Armed robbers killed six Nigeria police officers and lost two of their own on Thursday in the northern city of Kano, during a two-hour gun battle between the police and the robbers, who besieged several bureaux de change in the city, police said. Full text...

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