Violence in Africa -
  • '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...

  • Robbers kill 6 policemen in Nigeria
    19 march 2009 20:36:00
    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 betwen the police and the robbers, who besieged several bureaux de change in the city, police said. Full text...

  • Islamic sect training militants in Nigeria
    19 march 2009 14:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Shiite Muslim sect is engaged in gun-running and training of militant youths drawn from 13 states in the predominantly-Muslim northern Nigeria as well as neighbouring Niger Republic at its headquarters in Zaria, northern Kaduna state, the police have alleged. Full text...

  • Nigerian military investigates alleged rape in Niger Delta
    18 march 2009 13:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian military announced on Wednesday that it had commenced investigation into the reported rape of five women, one of them pregnant, by gunmen suspected to be militants, along the Bonny creek in Rivers state, in Nigeria's oil rich Niger Delta. Full text...

  • UN reviews 300 new missing persons cases
    11 march 2009 07:52:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN is reviewing over 300 new missing persons cases sus pected to be forced disappearances. Full text...

  • 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...

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