Violence in Africa -
  • Libya: Portuguese embassy attacked in Tripoli
    20 april 2014 10:37:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Portuguese embassy in Tripoli was attacked on Friday by unknown gunmen who injured the security guard, the spokesperson for the Libyan foreign affairs ministry, Said Lassoued, announced here on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: '14 more abducted school girls return, 85 still unaccounted for'
    19 april 2014 09:22:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Another set of 14 of the 129 school girls who were abducted from a school in Nigeria's northern state of Borno have escaped from their abductors, bringing the total number of those found so far to 44, the local media reported on Saturday, quoting state Commissioner for Education Inuwa Kubo. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission condemns Abuja bombing
    17 april 2014 15:22:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has strongly condemned Monday's bombing of a bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, that left 75 dead and 216 injured. Full text...

  • Libya: 4 die in fresh outbreak of violence in eastern Libya
    17 april 2014 13:56:30
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A total of four persons were killed, three of them in Benghazi and one in Derna, eastern Libya, following a new wave violence in the last 48 hours, according to military sources. Full text...

  • Libya: UN warns against escalation of violence in Libya
    17 april 2014 11:22:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The escalation of violence in Libya has negative impacts on the country's reputation and economic development, the United Nations Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) said in a press release following the kidnapping Tuesday in Tripoli of the Jordanian ambassador, Faouzi al-Aytan.Full text...

  • Nigeria: 121 abducted school girls freed
    16 april 2014 21:41:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said on Wednesday evening that it had freed 121 of the 129 girls who were abducted from a government girls school in Chibok, northern Borno state, on Monday night. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan gets flak for 'campaigning' after deadly blast (News Analysis by Segun Adeyemi, PANA Editor)
    16 april 2014 10:46:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ''President Goodluck Jonathan is exhibiting the traits of an insensitive and utterly hardhearted leader by returning to his illegal campaign trail, barely 24 hours after 75 of his compatriots died in a bomb blast in Abuja, and as news broke that 200 school girls have been abducted by Boko Haram in Borno.'' Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram abducts 200 female students
    15 april 2014 23:02:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The violent Boko Haram sect has abducted at least 200 girls from a government high school in Chibok in Nigeria's northern Borno state, the local Channel Television station reported on Tuesday, quoting the police. Full text...

  • France: Interpol condemns Abuja terror attack
    15 april 2014 11:48:03
    Lyon, France (PANA) - The world's largest international police organisation INTERPOL has strongly condemned Monday's terror attack in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, that left at least 71 dead and hundreds injured.Full text...

  • Libya: Jordanian Ambassador kidnapped in Tripoli
    15 april 2014 11:26:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Jordanian Ambassador to Libya Faouaz al-Aytan was kidnapped Tuesday in Libya's capital, Tripoli, by masked persons travelling in two unmarked vehicles and taken to an unknown destination, the Libyan Foreign Ministry said.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt to facilitate burial of civil servants killed in Abuja bomb
    15 april 2014 09:14:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government will assist the families of public servants, who died in Monday's bomb attack in the capital city of Abuja, to bury their dead and also receive the entitlements of the officials, according to the office of the Head of the Civil Service. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President orders heightened security in capital city after deadly attack (Update 2)
    14 april 2014 11:34:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a heightened security in the nation's capital, Abuja, following Monday's bomb explosion that left scores dead at a popular motor park in Nyanya on the outskirts of the city, according to presidential spokesman Reuben Abati. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mangled bodies litter scene of deadly explosion (Update 1)
    14 april 2014 09:27:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Badly-mutilated bodies, blood-spattered buses and total confusion highlighted the scene of Monday morning's explosion at Nyanya motor park on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead in explosion in capital city
    14 april 2014 08:47:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people are feared to have been killed or injured in an explosion at a motor park in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja on Monday morning, PANA reportedFull text...

  • Nigeria: Military continues ongoing offensive against terrorists, armed militias
    13 april 2014 17:13:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Sunday said it launched an assault on camps of armed militiamen who have been terrorising farmers in Northern Nigeria, saying that various stocks of arms and stolen livestock were recovered in the central Kaduna and Plateau States. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen kidnap Judge in Tripoli
    11 april 2014 09:10:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Judge Kamel al-Bahri, Deputy Director of Libya's Higher Institute of the judiciary, was kidnapped from his office in the capital city of Tripoli by unknown gunmen Thursday, security sources in the Libyan capital said. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Robinson 'shocked' by sexual violence in South Kivu
    09 april 2014 22:34:19
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the UN for the Great Lakes region, has expressed shock at the number of women and girls who continue to be victims of sexual violence.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Encouraging responsible media reporting of Gender-Based Violence
    09 april 2014 18:36:22
    Réduit, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare Ministry on Wednesday organized a capacity-building programme to empower students of Journalism, Communications and Media Studies from the University of Mauritius on responsible reporting of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Full text...

  • Libya: Air force officer killed in Benghazi
    09 april 2014 12:06:45
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A non-commissioned officer of the Libyan Air Force was killed while his wife and daughter were injured Wednesday after his car exploded in eastern city of Benghazi, according to security and hospital sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Death toll in Nigerian state attack rises to 105
    07 april 2014 09:53:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll in Saturday's attack on a village in Nigeria's northern state of Zamfara by Fulani herdsmen has risen from 30 to 105, the local Punch newspaper Monday quoted the traditional ruler in charge of the area as saying. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 21 insurgents died in failed jail break
    30 march 2014 22:08:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's secret police, the State Security Services, Sunday confirmed the death of 21 suspected Boko Haram insurgents during a shootout at the agency's headquarters overlooking the Presidential Villa in the capital city of Abuja earlier in the day. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Insurgents' attempted jail break triggers heavy gunfire near presidential villa
    30 march 2014 11:52:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - An attempted jail break by detained members of Boko Haram has triggered a heavy exchange of gunfire at the headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS) close to the Presidential Villa in the capital city of Abuja, the SSS said Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: Judge, four soldiers escape assassination attempts in Benghazi
    29 march 2014 19:53:23
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A Libyan judge and four soldiers on Saturday escaped assassination attempts in separate attacks in Benghazi, military and hospital sources said.Full text...

  • CAR: CAR combatants using 'sophisticated weapons' against civilians
    29 march 2014 13:45:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) special envoy to the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on Saturday called on the interim government there to arrest groups behind violence in the capital, Bangui. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Soldiers kill 11 Boko Haram terrorists near Cameroonian border
    27 march 2014 18:59:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Thursday said 11 Boko Haram terrorists were killed when troops launched an attack on them near the Cameroonian border. Full text...

  • Malawi: Runaway prisoner killed, inmates claim he was "shot twice"
    25 march 2014 22:35:33
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Mystery surrounds the death of an inmate at Zomba Maximum Prison in Malawi's eastern city of Zomba on Tuesday with fellow inmates claiming he was shot twice by prison warders while prison authorities suggest the runaway serial burglar tumbled to his death as he tried to scale a tall wall.Full text...

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza deplores religious extremism in Africa
    25 march 2014 19:11:03
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Tuesday strongly deplored religious extremism in Africa and the world. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: MISCA chief condemns unprovoked attack on peacekeepers in Bangui
    24 march 2014 14:33:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A finance officer and a nurse, both attached to the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA), were seriously injured late Sunday when unidentified armed assailants attacked their vehicle in Bangui, the head of the peacekeeping mission said Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Official says sexual violence persists in CAR
    22 march 2014 16:13:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura says despite some improvement in the security situation of the Central African Republic (CAR), especially in the capital, Bangui, conditions remain grave for civilians and sexual violence continues to be used by all parties during attacks, particularly against women and children.Full text...

  • Libya: 5 wounded persons in Benghazi suicide attack for treatment in Turkey
    21 march 2014 15:24:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Turkish government has chartered a plane to airlift the five people wounded in an attack against a military barracks in Benghazi for medical treatment in Turkey, the state-run Libyan news agency LANA reported Friday, quoting a Turkish diplomatic source in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Libya: One soldier killed, another injured in attack against Benghazi patrol
    20 march 2014 22:40:41
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – One soldier has been shot dead and another injured in an attack against a patrol of the Libyan Saiqa Special forces in Benghazi, in the east of the country, as the wave of bloody violence continues unabated, hospital and security sources said on Thursday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: MPs ask for military, police deployment to contain violence
    20 march 2014 18:18:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives Thursday asked Police and Army Chieftains to immediately send troops to contain the killings, occupation of land and the destruction of properties by nomadic herdsmen in the Moon Council ward of Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State in North Central Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate mandates 4 committees to probe continuing violence in the North
    20 march 2014 17:24:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Thursday mandated its committees on Security and Intelligence, Defence and Army, Police Affairs and Interior to investigate the recurring attacks and killings in some Northern parts of the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New wave of violence in Darfur forces 100,000 more to flee
    20 march 2014 09:06:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The escalating violence that has gripped Sudan's restive Western Darfur region in recent weeks has forced over 100,000 civilians to flee their homes and villages, international humanitarian agency Oxfam has reported. Full text...

  • UN: Mission condemns attack on military academy in Libya
    18 march 2014 16:42:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the terrorist bombing in Benghazi on Monday that targeted members of the military, and called on the country’s citizens to rally around their national institutions. Full text...

  • Senegal: NGOs unite in seeking violence-free politics in Senegal
    18 march 2014 13:33:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Determined to end the recurring political violence in Senegal, civil society organizations and their partners Tuesday came together here to seek a united front against political violence.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Renegade CAR soldiers behind wave of looting arrested
    17 march 2014 21:47:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eight renegade soldiers opposing the Central African Republic (CAR) military command have been arrested after being caught looting a private villa, the African Union said on Monday.Full text...

  • Malawi: Banda 'shocked' as two die in political violence
    17 march 2014 20:12:43
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi president Joyce Banda has expressed shock at acts of political violence that occurred when her campaign rally came under attack in the southern tea-growing district of Thyolo, some 40 kilometres from the commercial capital, Blantyre.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Troops kill 8 Boko Haram terrorists
    17 march 2014 20:04:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said Monday its forces killed eight Boko Haram terrorists who were on a mission to attack a community in North-east Eastern Yobe State. Full text...

  • Libya: Car bomb kills 10, wounds 23 at Libyan military base
    17 march 2014 14:50:05
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A terrorist attack, perpetrated Monday against a military academy in Benghazi, east of Libya, has left at least 10 people dead and 23 seriously injured, according to sources close to the ministry of Health. Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi Pres. comes under attack in opponent territory
    16 march 2014 19:42:31
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Joyce Banda's convoy came under attack Sunday when she took her re-election campaign to her main challenger's area. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Int'l rights body urges Sudan to allow gang-raped woman access to justice
    14 march 2014 17:14:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – An Ethiopian woman, gang-raped in August 2013 by a group of seven men in Sudan and later sentenced to one month in prison after she was found guilty of committing indecent acts, now faces possible deportation and charges under legal provisions that deal with adultery, women’s rights group Equality Now said Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: 500,000 civilians flee Darfur as conflict intensifies
    14 march 2014 12:48:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Almost half a million people have been forced from their homes over the last year as violence intensified in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, Amnesty International said in a report published late Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: military 'repels' Boko Haram attempt to overrun key city
    14 march 2014 12:28:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Defence headquarters Friday confirmed attacks on the northern city of Maiduguri, saying it was an attempt by suspected Boko Haram insurgents to overrun a military detention facility in the capital of Borno, the sect's spiritual base. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Journalist's kidnappers demand 10 million Naira
    14 march 2014 11:33:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The gunmen who abducted a radio journalist in Nigeria's oil city of Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead as bombs rock Maiduguri
    14 march 2014 10:53:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri was rocked by three bomb explosions Friday morning, as insurgents suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect invaded the city, residents said. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU announces Euro 81-million aid for CAR
    13 march 2014 20:51:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Commissioner for Development, Andries Piebalgs, is on Thursday beginning a working visit in the Central African Republic during which he will announce a new aid worth Euros 81 million to the country. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l says violence intensifies in Darfur
    13 march 2014 19:35:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International in a report published on Thursday says almost half a million people have been forced from their homes over the last year as violence intensifies in war-torn Darfur Full text...

  • Libya: 2 die, one injured as armed group attacks Libyan army unit
    11 march 2014 12:29:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Two persons were killed and one injured Monday as an armed group attacked a unit of the Libyan army in charge of Gharyane (South-West), PANA learned from reliable sources. Full text...

  • Zambia: Pres. Sata seeks tougher battle against gender based violence
    10 march 2014 14:24:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Michael Sata has said there is need for the country’s criminal justice system to be equal to the task of fighting Gender Based Violence (GBV) to ensure citizens enjoy their freedoms and rights. Full text...

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