Violence in Africa -
  • 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...

  • Nigeria: Military kills 20 Boko Haram insurgents
    06 march 2014 17:15:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters Thursday announced that the military had killed 20 Boko Haram terrorists during a foiled attempt by the insurgents to attack Ajiri and Mafa as well as other communities in the outskirt of Maiduguri and Dikwa in North Eastern State of Borno State. Full text...

  • Burundi: Authorities break up 51 armed gangs in 3 months
    06 march 2014 15:01:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundi's security services broke up 51 criminal gangs and seized huge quantities of arms, ammunition and explosives across the county over the last three months, security forces told PANA in Bujumbura, the capital. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen attack national TV station
    05 march 2014 09:21:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Gunmen on Tuesday attacked Libya's official television station "al-Wataniya", firing rocket-propelled grenades at the troops guarding the station before they were repelled, officials said. Full text...

  • Libya: Bodies of three more people found in Benghazi
    04 march 2014 21:28:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan security services on Tuesday discovered the bodies of three people, including an army officer, in the eastern city of Benghazi, as the country continues to be rocked by violence. Full text...

  • UN: Official condemns spate of violence in Nigeria
    04 march 2014 20:18:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mr. Said Djinnt, on Tuesday strongly condemned the latest wave of violence in Nigeria and demanded an end to attacks targeting innocent civilians.Full text...

  • Libya: Sirte Military Council Leader murdered
    02 march 2014 17:35:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The head of the military council in the Libyan city of Sirte, Makhlouf Ben Nasser Al-Ferjani, was shot dead Sunday morning, the Libyan news agency, LANA, reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dozens killed in blast
    02 march 2014 09:51:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Dozens of civilians are feared to have been killed on Saturday night in a double explosion in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state which is regarded as the epicentre of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • Libya: Another senior military officer gunned down in Benghazi
    01 march 2014 14:06:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Gunmen on Friday evening shot dead a Libyan army colonel in the restive eastern city of Benghazi as demonstrations were held in several cities to protest against the insecurity prevailing in city considered as the cradle of the revolution in 2001 that ousted former leader Mouamar Kaddafi.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military claims 13 more Boko Haram terrorists killed, others arrested
    28 february 2014 18:28:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Friday said its specialised forces have killed a total of 13 Boko Haram insurgents in their make-shift camps, sited between Borno and Adamawa States in the North Eastern part of the country.Full text...

  • Libya: Unknown gunmen torch parts of Defence ministry building in Benghazi
    27 february 2014 22:44:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Unidentified gunmen late on Wednesday night set fire to the Libyan Defence ministry in Benghazi causing huge damage to the building, reliable sources said on Thursday.Full text...

  • France: French President goes to CAR Friday
    27 february 2014 17:54:03
    Paris, France (PANA) – French President Francois Hollande, will visit Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Friday, where he’ll meet a military contingency of his country that is deployed on the field, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources in Paris. Full text...

  • Congo: Self-declared anti-Balaka coordinator arrested
    27 february 2014 14:12:04
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The self-proclaimed political coordinator for the anti-Balaka militia, hostile to Muslims in Central African Republic, Patrice Edouard Ngaïssona, has been arrested along with two of his companions in Likouala, in northern part of Congo, local media reported Thursday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate wants Army chief to relocate to Boko Haram enclave
    26 february 2014 15:58:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate committee on Defence on Wednesday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, to relocate his office to the 7 Division of the Nigeria Army headquarters in Maiduguri in order to tackle rising activities of the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Sudan: MSF reveals scenes of horror during rebel-govt clashes in South Sudan
    26 february 2014 12:13:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An international medical charity operating in South Sudan has raised the alarm that hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese are currently denied life saving assistance because of the inter-tribal and government-rebel fighting in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt to strengthen security around federal schools after attack
    26 february 2014 09:35:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Government has said security will be tightened around federal colleges to prevent a repeat of Monday night's attack that claimed the lives of at least 43 students of the Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi, in northern Yobe state. Full text...

  • UN: Mission expresses concern over continued violence in Libya
    25 february 2014 20:18:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) says ongoing violence in the country is a violation of human dignity and urged authorities to end instability in the country which runs counter to the values of rule of law and respect for human rights to which Libyans aspire. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan condemns killing of school children
    25 february 2014 19:31:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the killing by Islamic insurgents of at least 29 students of the Federal Government College in Buri-Yadi in the country's North-east Yobe State on Monday night, describing it as ''heinous, brutal and mindless''. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram insurgents kill 29 students
    25 february 2014 13:15:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed 29 students of the Federal Government College in Buri-Yadi in Nigeria's North-east Yobe State on Monday night, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Bodies of seven murdered Egyptians found in Benghazi
    24 february 2014 22:53:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan security services on Monday discovered in the west of Benghazi the bodies of seven murdered Egyptians, the Libyan News Agency reported. Full text...

  • US: Boko Haram attacks wrong, horrific, says the US
    23 february 2014 15:16:56
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has condemned last week's attack in Nigeria's village of Izghe, in which over 100 were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents, calling the attacks ''horrific and wrong''. Full text...

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