Violence in Africa -
  • MEND confirms attack on oil tanker in Nigeria
    21 january 2009 14:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said Wednesday's attack on a vessel laden with diesel off the Nigerian coast was carried out by ''an affiliate group in the Bonny axis''. Full text...

  • Gunmen attack vessel, abduct crew in Nigeria
    21 january 2009 13:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen on Wednesday attacked a vessel loaded with diesel off the Nigeria coast and abducted some crew members, security sources said. Full text...

  • Abducted traditional ruler freed in Nigeria
    20 january 2009 18:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The traditional ruler of Kpite in the Tai council area of Rivers state in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region, Chief Samuel Nee, has been freed unharmed by the gunmen who abducted him from his palace on 13 January, the police said. Full text...

  • Nigerian military dismisses British hostages' rescue attempt claim
    19 january 2009 10:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military Joint Task Force (JTF) has dismissed the claim by the militant group MEND that it botched an attempt to rescue two British hostages in its (MEND) custody at the weekend. Full text...

  • Shell's loading platform attacked, vessel hijacked in Nigeria
    18 january 2009 12:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The crude oil loading platform of Nigeria's subsidiary of the Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell in Bonny, in the country's oil rich Rivers state, has been attacked and a vessel hijacked, the oil firm and the police said Sunday. Full text...

  • Rescue of 2 British hostages 'botched' in Nigeria
    18 january 2009 12:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) claimed on Sunday that the military's attempt to rescue two British hostages in its (MEND's) custody had been botched. Full text...

  • Nigerian military scoffs at MEND's war declaration
    16 january 2009 08:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military Joint Task Force (JTF) keeping the peace in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta oil region has dismissed as a 'mere empty threat' the decision by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) to attack soldiers in the area over the killing of a militant leader earlier this week. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ethiopian grenade attack hurts 3
    15 january 2009 09:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Three people have been seriously injured following what appears to be an attempted terror attack in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Nigerian soldiers arrest another militant
    14 january 2009 20:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military Joint Task Force (JTF) keeping the peace in Nigeria's the restive Niger Delta region Wednesday arrested another militant, Barikpa Nwinam (alias Ecomog), a day after shooting dead another. Full text...

  • MEND 'decrees' attack on soldiers over militant's killing
    14 january 2009 13:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Angered by the killing of a militant leader, Mr. Full text...

  • Contact group on Somali piracy meets
    14 january 2009 08:24:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Contact Group on Somali Piracy (CGSP) was scheduled to hold its inaugural meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Wednesday (14Jan). Full text...

  • Soldiers kill militant leader in Nigeria
    13 january 2009 20:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military Joint Task Force (JTF) deployed to Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region to keep the peace has killed a notorious militant leader in Rivers state, Tubotamuno Angolia, also known as 'Boy Chiki', JTF spokesman Lt. Full text...

  • Army, militants disagree over death of 2 soldiers in Niger Delta
    13 january 2009 08:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Who is responsible for the death of two Nigerian soldiers during an attack on the location of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) at Bomadi, Delta state in the oil producing Niger Delta region on Monday? The military blames ''unknown gunmen'' for the attack, which left two soldiers dead and another injured. Full text...

  • MEND vows to hold on to 2 British hostages
    12 january 2009 07:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has vowed to hold on to the two British hostages who have been in its custody since last year as a leverage for its incarcerated leader, Henry Okah. Full text...

  • MEND hails Agip pipeline attack
    04 january 2009 08:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has commended the youths behind the Agip pipeline attack which occurred in Okuntun in Burutu council area of oil rich Delta state on Friday. Full text...

  • MEND condemns arrest of militant leader
    30 december 2008 07:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has condemned the arrest, at the palace of a prominent tradition ruler in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, of militant leader Sobomabo Jackrich by the military Joint Task Force (JTF). Full text...

  • 'Militant leader arrested in Nigeria'
    29 december 2008 09:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Rivers state in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region has arrested Mr. Full text...

  • MEND denies attacking Agip flow station
    27 december 2008 10:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has denied participating in the attack on the Agip operated Tebidaba flow station in Bayelsa state, in Nigeria's oil rich Niger Delta region, on 25 Dec. Full text...

  • MEND denies Abuja attack claims
    26 december 2008 07:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has denied claims by the Nigeria police that it (MEND) plans to attack the nation's glistening capital city of Abuja during the Christmas and New Year holidays, tagging the claim a ''Christmas fraud''. Full text...

  • Offices of Burundi's ruling party burnt down
    21 december 2008 20:24:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Unidentified persons burnt down about 15 offices of Burundi's ruling Council for the Defence of Democracy/Defence forces of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) at the weekend, the national radio reported. Full text...

  • Nigerian militants 'training 1,000 new recruits'
    19 december 2008 23:24:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- In what could signal fresh trouble in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region, the country's military said Friday that militant groups in the region are training 1,000 new recruits at a camp in South-west Ondo state. Full text...

  • 13 Filipinos to appear in court
    17 december 2008 08:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 13 Filipinos who were arrested in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region three weeks ago for alleged illegal oil bunkering are to be arraigned at a federal high court in the Mid-western city of Benin 19 Dec, the military said. Full text...

  • Abducted Scottish oil worker freed in Nigeria
    16 december 2008 15:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Scottish oil worker abducted in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta oil region three weeks ago, has been freed unharmed by his captors, the police said Tuesday The oil worker, identified as Mr. Full text...

  • Gunmen abduct council chairman's mother in Nigeria
    11 december 2008 10:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen Thursday kidnapped the mother of a local council chairman in Rivers state in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta oil region, in the latest of a series of kidnappings in the region in recent times, the police said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt admits soldiers' riot
    03 december 2008 11:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- After a day of silence, the government of Zimbabwe finally admitted on Wednesday that a group of 100 soldiers took part in a riot in the capital city of Harare on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria violence: HRW seeks probe, UN SG saddened
    03 december 2008 07:18:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The New York-based Human Rights Watch has called on the Nigerian government to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the violence in Jos, capital of the North-Central state of Plateau, which claimed hundreds of lives. Full text...

  • Nigerian parliament honours memory of Jos riot victims
    02 december 2008 12:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Assembly (parliament) Tuesday observed a one-minute silence in honour of the victims of the recent violence that left over 300 people dead in the country's northern city of Jos and its environs. Full text...

  • Anger over Nigeria violence as calm gradually returns
    02 december 2008 08:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As normalcy gradually returns to Nigeria's northern city of Jos after three days of violence that claimed over 300 lives, the umbrella Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked the federal government to set up a judicial commission to investigate the causes of the crisis. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua stops swearing of councillors in violence-hit state
    01 december 2008 20:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Apparently to stave off further violence, Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua Monday stopped plans by Governor Jonah Jang of northern Plateau state to inaugurate the councillors and chairmen whose election on Thursday triggered the violence that hit the state capital, Jos, and its environs, leaving hundreds dead, injured or displaced. Full text...

  • European Commission condemns Nigeria violence
    01 december 2008 20:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The European Commission on Monday condemned the violence that rocked Nigeria's northern city of Jos, claiming hundreds of lives. Full text...

  • '376 bodies given mass burial after Nigeria violence'
    01 december 2008 08:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Bodies of 376 victims of the violence that engulfed Jos, capital of Nigeria's North-central Plateau state, and its environs have been given a mass burial as armed troops gradually restores calm to the embattled city, an MP said. Full text...

  • ''Hundreds die in Jos violence'
    30 november 2008 12:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Uneasy calm pervaded Nigeria's North central city of Jos Sunday, amid conflicting claims of the number of casualties from the violence that has hit the city since Friday. Full text...

  • 'Over 50 die in Jos violence'
    29 november 2008 10:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- More than 50 persons, including eight University students and three policemen, were killed in the political violence that rocked Nigeria's North-central city of Jos on Friday, the local pr ess reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua orders troops deployment to quell violence
    28 november 2008 20:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua has ordered the deployment of the military to the North Central city of Jos to help quell the political violence which broke out in the city Thursday, leaving several people dead or injured and hundreds displaced. Full text...

  • Curfew imposed on Nigerian state after violence
    28 november 2008 18:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Jonah Jang of Nigeria's North-central Plateau State Friday imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the state capital and its environs, after a political violence left several persons, including a policeman, dead. Full text...

  • Several persons feared dead in Nigeria's political violence
    28 november 2008 14:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Several people, including one policeman, were feared dead on Friday, when violence erupted in Jos, capital of Nigeria's North-central Plateau state, over the delay in announcing the result of a local council election held a day earlier, witnesses said. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt condemns political violence in Jos
    28 november 2008 14:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has condemned the political violence which erupted in some parts of North-central Plateau state Friday, while directing the security agencies to quickly restore peace. Full text...

  • 2 foreigners, 14 Nigerians arrested over militant activities
    27 november 2008 19:13:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian troops keeping the peace in the country's restive Niger Delta oil region said Thursday they have arrested two foreigners and 14 Nigerians for ''suspected militant activities''. Full text...

  • Kenya cabinet agrees on tribunal to try post-poll offenders
    27 november 2008 18:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will set up a tribunal to undertake a further inve stigation into the country's worst post-election violence while an interim elect o ral body has also been created to oversee the conduct of an upcoming referendum o n a new constitution. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua condemns terrorist attacks in India
    27 november 2008 18:39:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua Thursday condemned the coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which have left over 125 people dead in India's financial capital. Full text...

  • Nigerian military 'arrests militant kingpin'
    25 november 2008 10:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Troops deployed to Nigeria's restive oil producing Niger Delta region have arrested a suspected militant kingpin with about 4,000 rounds of ammunition in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • MEND may assist other militants in battle with military
    25 november 2008 07:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a sign that the violence in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region has yet to abate, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has threatened to support other militant groups in their face-off with soldiers deployed to the region to keep the peace. Full text...

  • Egypt struck by more police violence, riots
    24 november 2008 13:38:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – Riots erupted in Egypt's sou-thern city of Aswan on Sunday and continued overnight after a police officer killed a bird seller earlier in t h e day. Full text...

  • MEND, Nigerian military in verbal war
    21 november 2008 08:21:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The tenuous peace in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta oil region seems set to end following accusation and counter-accusation by the militants and the military. Full text...

  • MEND denies being armed by convicted soldiers (corrected)
    20 november 2008 07:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has denied it purchased assorted weapons from Nigerian soldiers who were jailed for life by a military court on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNFPA to hold Pan African film festival on gender-based violence
    18 november 2008 10:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The second edition of the Pan African film Festival on gender-based violence will be launched on 26 November 2008 in Dakar, the United Nations Populations' Fund (UNFPA), organisers of the event, said in a statement. Full text...

  • 'Militants hijack vessel' in Nigeria
    17 november 2008 09:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Suspected militants have hijacked a vessel ferrying materials from Singapore to the Escravos Gas-to-Liquid (EGTL) project in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region, thus putting the US$5. Full text...

  • Nigerian military explains renewed attacks on oil facilities in Niger Delta
    17 november 2008 08:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The resurgence of attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region is due to the recent arrest of 22 Filipinos and their vessel over the stealing of Nigeria's crude oil, the military task force deployed to the region to protect the facilities said. Full text...

  • MEND offers support for DRC rebels, threatens 'Hurricane Obama'
    11 november 2008 08:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on Tuesday inexplicably offered to support the rebel troops of Gen. Full text...

  • 'Nigerian military kills 6 militants'
    10 november 2008 18:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military killed six militants and recovered some arms following a clash in the restive, oil producing Niger Delta region Monday, military spokesman Sagir Musa said. Full text...

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