Violence in Africa -
  • Nigeria president's convoy 'attacked'
    10 march 2009 09:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A motorcade bearing Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua a nd host northern Plateau Governor Jonah Jang was attacked by irate youths in the state capital, Jos, on Monday. Full text...

  • UNICEF chief condemns sexual violence, trafficking
    09 march 2009 17:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman has strongly conde mned domestic violence and sexual exploitation of women and girls in DR Congo an d other countries grappling with conflict Veneman, speaking as the world marked the International Women's Day, Sunday, des cribed as shameful, the sexual trafficking of women and girls around the world. Full text...

  • UN demands probe in fresh Kenyan assassination
    06 march 2009 09:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN top investigator on arbitrary killings said on Friday that two Kenyan rights officials assassinated on Thursday were key witnesses who gave testimonies on the police killings of sect members a ccused of beheading and skinning. Full text...

  • British aristocrat awaits final verdict in Kenyan murder trial
    06 march 2009 08:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan jury has returned a no-guilty verdict in a murd er case against Tom Cholmondeley, grandson of a British aristocrat and Kenya’s p i oneer farmer Lord Dalamere, setting in motion steps that could see him released f rom jail. Full text...

  • 'Militia leader, 6 others arrested in Nigeria'
    05 march 2009 22:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seven persons, including a militia leader, were lured in to an ambush by the Rivers state government in Nigeria's Niger Delta region and then arrested, the Movement for the Emancipatio n of the Niger Delta (MEND) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Lebanese construction worker kidnapped in Nigeria
    05 march 2009 18:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a Lebanese in Sabagria, Ko loguma/Opokuma council area of Bayelsa state, the military Joint Task Force (JTF ) deployed to the oil region said Thursday. Full text...

  • Passengers rescued after gunmen hijack boat in Nigeria
    05 march 2009 13:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The police in Rivers state in Nigeria's Niger Delta regi on said Thursday they have rescued 23 passengers of a boat that was hijacked by u nknown gunmen, after they (passengers) were left stranded in a mangrove near Bon n y Island. Full text...

  • Confessed drug trafficker, Ousmane Conte, 'seriously ill'
    03 march 2009 07:26:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Captain Ousmane Conté, eldest son of the late Guinea President Lansana Conté, who confessed last week on national television that he was involved in a drug trafficking, is seriously ill, a medical source said on Monday. Full text...

  • MEND says will sabotage Nigeria's Trans-Saharan pipeline project
    28 february 2009 16:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said Saturday it would sabotage the Trans-Saharan gas pipeline project, whic h is being planned to ferry Nigerian gas to European markets by 2015. Full text...

  • MEND says 'affiliate' attacked civilian helicopter in Nigeria
    26 february 2009 13:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said Thursday that one of its ''affiliates'' carried out the gun attack on a civilian helicopter in Bayelsa st ate - in the oil producing Niger Delta region - on Wednesday. Full text...

  • MEND 'kills 6 Nigerian soldiers'
    26 february 2009 11:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) said Thursday it killed 'over six soldiers' while repelling a military attack in the oil producing Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • Resurgent religious violence in Nigerian state worries Christians
    24 february 2009 09:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Christians in Nigeria's northern Bauchi state have asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the state and some neighbouring states, after suspected Muslim fanatics on Monday launched fresh attacks on Christians in Bauchi. Full text...

  • Bombing in Cairo market area leaves French girl dead
    23 february 2009 11:55:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- A 17-year-old French girl was killed and 20 others wounded after a bomb exploded in a popular tourist market area in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday evening, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Gunmen abduct university student in Nigeria
    22 february 2009 18:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen Sunday abducted a university student in Nigeria's main oil city of Port Harcourt, a spokesman for the military said. Full text...

  • Soldiers deployed as 8 die in Nigeria sectarian violence
    22 february 2009 11:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Tension remained high in Nigeria's northern city of Bauchi on Sunday, a day after President Umaru Yar'Adua ordered the deployment of troops to help quell a religious violence in the city, which has claimed at least 8 lives. Full text...

  • 12 die as gunmen attack footballers, supporters in Nigeria
    22 february 2009 10:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 12 footballers and supporters have died while several others were injured in a clash between rival cult factions in Nigeria's oil-rich Bayelsa state, the local press reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Rescued Russians handed over to Embassy in Abuja
    20 february 2009 22:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Minister of Defence, Dr. Full text...

  • Rescued Russians handed over to Embassy in Abuja
    20 february 2009 18:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Minister of Defence, Dr. Full text...

  • Kidnappers in Nigeria's oil state face life jail
    19 february 2009 03:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid worsening cases of kidnapping, the House of Assembly (parliament) in Rivers state in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region has passed into law a bill that stipulates a life imprisonment for kidnappers, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN official says sanction key to preventing terror
    16 february 2009 08:07:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A top UN official, Richard Barrett, has said that sanction is an effective measure to prevent terrorism. Full text...

  • Gunmen kidnap ex-commissioner in Nigeria
    16 february 2009 07:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen have abducted a former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Rivers state in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region, Orabule Adiele, the police said. Full text...

  • Kenya determined not to handover poll violence suspects to ICC
    15 february 2009 17:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga Sunday maintained tha t the suspects of the post-election violence might still face trial in the count r y despite defeat of a government constitutional amendment bill in parliament, wh i ch left the government behind schedule in its plans to set up an international t r ibunal at home. Full text...

  • Gunmen abduct another pastor in Nigeria
    12 february 2009 21:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For the second time in as many days, gunmen have abducted a pastor in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta region, military sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Italy's offer of support in Niger Delta angers MEND
    12 february 2009 08:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has warned that Italian citizens and companies operating in the restive Niger Delta oil region are at risk, after Italy offers to support Nigeria in its efforts to quell the violence in the region. Full text...

  • Militants kidnap pastor in Nigeria
    11 february 2009 20:15:00
    Port Harcourt- Nigeria (PANA) -- A church pastor has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Nigeria's main oil city of Port Harcourt, according to the military joint task force deployed to the restive Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns escalating attacks on Somali journalists
    10 february 2009 13:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the violent knife attack on journalist Hassan Bulhan Ali, director of Radio Abudwaq station in Central Somalia, who was stabbed five times at the weekend and has been in a critical condition, the federation said in a statement made available to PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gunmen free kidnapped electoral official in Nigeria
    10 february 2009 11:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The gunmen who abducted Dr. Full text...

  • Expatriate worker kidnapped outside Nigeria's oil region
    09 february 2009 08:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In an indication that the wave of abduction of expatriate workers may be spreading outside the violence-wracked Nigerian oil region, a Portuguese engineer has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Ajagba in the Irele council area of South-west Ondo state, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian military arrests 3 over Shell gas plant attack
    08 february 2009 20:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military Joint Task Force (JTF) protecting oil personnel and facilities in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta region said Sunday it had arrested three persons in connection with Saturday's attack on a Shell-operated gas plant in Delta state. Full text...

  • 7 killed in customs, smugglers clash in Nigeria
    08 february 2009 18:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seven persons, including five smugglers and two customs officials, have died following a clash over an attempt to smuggle rice from Niger Republic to Nigeria through the border in northern Katsina state, the local press reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria oil workers plan strike over kidnappings
    07 february 2009 15:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's white-collar oil workers have said they will embark on an indefinite strike starting Monday to protest the worsening abduction of their members and their relations in the restive Niger Delta oil region. Full text...

  • MEND attacks Shell gas plant in Nigeria
    07 february 2009 13:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said on Saturday its fighters have attacked a Shell gas plant in Delta state in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region, signifying an end to the unilateral ceasefire declared by the militants in September last year and the start of new wave of attacks on oil facilities. Full text...

  • Abducted boy freed unharmed in Nigeria
    06 february 2009 12:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The nine-year-old boy who was abducted by unknown gunmen, who also killed his 11-year-old sister 29 January in Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt, has been freed unharmed, the police said Friday. Full text...

  • Gunmen kidnap ex-minister's wife, electoral commissioner
    04 february 2009 12:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen have abducted the wife of former Nigeria petroleum resources minister Edmund Dakoru and a Commissioner in the Rivers state electoral body, the police and the military said Wednesday Mrs. Full text...

  • Nigerian military condemns MEND for ending ceasefire
    02 february 2009 07:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military has condemned the militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) over its decision to end its unilateral ceasefire in the oil region. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill girl, abduct brother in Nigeria
    29 january 2009 13:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Gunmen shot dead an 11-year-old girl and abducted her toddler brother early Thursday in Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt, the police said. Full text...

  • Abducted priest freed unharmed in Nigeria
    29 january 2009 11:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Catholic priest who was abducted on Sunday evening in Rivers state in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region has been freed unharmed by his abductors, the police said Thursday. Full text...

  • Gunmen abduct Catholic priest in Nigeria's oil region
    26 january 2009 11:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Gunmen have abducted a Catholic priest, Rev. Full text...

  • Gabon investigates prison riot
    24 january 2009 12:51:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's Minister of the Interior André Mba Obame on Saturday announced the opening of investigations into Monday's riot in the central prison in Libreville, the nation's capital, that resulted in two deaths and injuries to nine. Full text...

  • Gunmen attack Exxon Mobil supply vessels
    23 january 2009 18:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two vessels carrying supplies for US oil giant Exxon Mobil were attacked by 30 gunmen off the coast of Bonny River in Rivers state, in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region, on Friday, but none of the crew members was abducted, the Nigerian military said. Full text...

  • Kidnapped Romanian freed in Nigeria
    22 january 2009 15:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The kidnapped Romanian crew member of a vessel that was attacked by gunmen off the Nigeria coast on Wednesday has been freed, the military said Thursday Lt. Full text...

  • HRW condemns Arab governments over protest crackdown
    22 january 2009 12:03:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned the use of force to silence pro-Gaza demonstrators during Israel's three-week war, saying that protest is "an essential element of democratic societies. Full text...

  • 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...

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