Violence in Africa -
  • Rampaging gunmen attack public buildings in Nigerian state
    03 may 2013 08:20:45
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen riding in 50 vans have attacked public buildings in the Marte local council area of Nigeria's northern Borno state. Full text...

  • Libyan police station attacked, destroyed
    02 may 2013 15:06:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A Libyan police station in Benghazi was destroyed early Thursday after unidentified gunmen lobbed cocktail Molotov into the building, causing material damage, official police sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Satellite imagery shows massive destruction from Nigerian military raid
    01 may 2013 12:32:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Satellite images taken after the 16-17 April military raid in Nigeria's northern town of Baga has given the best indication yet of the massive destruction in the town following a raid by the military Joint Task Force (JTF) which is battling Boko Haram insurgents in the area. Full text...

  • 'Boko Haram sets up special kidnapping squad'
    28 april 2013 23:01:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's violent Islamic sect Boko Haram will henceforth concentrate more on kidnapping than robbery, the military alleged Sunday. Full text...

  • 'No soldier arrested over Baga massacre'
    28 april 2013 14:31:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military has denied local media reports that some soldiers have been arrested in connection with last week's massacre in Baga, northern Borno State, during a clash between the military and insurgents. Full text...

  • 'Actual' death toll from Nigerian military/insurgents' clash put at 228
    27 april 2013 22:04:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll from last week's clash between the Nigerian military and insurgents suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect has been put at 228, higher than the 185 widely reported by the local media and contested by the government. Full text...

  • Nigerian military 'kills' Boko Haram Commander
    27 april 2013 13:49:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The military Joint Task Force (JTF) battling the Islamic sect Boko Haram in northern Nigeria says it has killed a notorious commander of the sect, Mohammed Chad. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. releases funds for victims of 2011 post-election violence in 9 states
    25 april 2013 19:13:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the release of a total sum of 5,747,694,780 Naira (about US$ 35 million) to nine states in the country for direct disbursement to those who lost properties, means of livelihood and places of worship in the post-election violence of 2011. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President inaugurates committee on amnesty for Boko Haram
    24 april 2013 21:47:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday inaugurated the committee he set up to engage the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in talks and work out the modality for a possible amnesty for its members who renounce violence. Full text...

  • Nigerian military gives contrasting figures on Baga massacre
    24 april 2013 09:52:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military has issued contrasting figures on the killing of 185 civilians in Baga, northern Borno state, last week during a clash between the military and suspected members of the Boko Haram sect. Full text...

  • Nigerian military 'kills' 25 insurgents in clash
    22 april 2013 22:33:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said on Monday it killed 25 suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect and lost a soldier during a clash with the insurgents in Baga, a border town in the northern state of Borno, over the weekend. Full text...

  • Nigeria to probe killing of 185 people in border town
    22 april 2013 21:33:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a "full-scale investigation" into the killing of 185 people, mostly women and children, in the clash between Islamists and the military in Nigeria's northern border town of Baga last weekend. Full text...

  • 185 die in clash between suspected Boko Haram members, military in Nigeria
    22 april 2013 18:58:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 185 people, including women and children, were killed when suspected members of the Islamic group Boko Haram clashed with the military Joint Task Force in Baga in Nigeria's northern Borno state, according to the online Nigerian newspaper Premium Times on Monday. Full text...

  • Christians, others appeal to Nigerian militants not to attack mosques
    16 april 2013 09:38:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Catholic Church and a socio-political organisation in Nigeria's predominantly-Muslim north have appealed to the country's oil militants not to attack mosques and Muslim clerics, as they have threatened to do in retaliation for the incessant attacks on Christians in the north. Full text...

  • Nigerian military dismisses MEND's threat to bomb mosques
    15 april 2013 18:10:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military on Monday dismissed the threat by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) to bomb mosques and kill Muslim clerics in retaliation for the attacks against Christians in the northern part of the country by the Islamic sect Boko Haram. Full text...

  • MEND threatens to attack mosques, kill clerics in Nigeria
    14 april 2013 20:31:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's umbrella group for oil militants has threatened to attack mosques, hajj camps, Islamic institutions, large Islamic congregations and Muslim clerics who propagate the doctrine of hate, in retaliation for the attacks against Christians in the predominantly-Muslim north by the Boko Haram Islamic sect. Full text...

  • Nigerian army vows to deal with resurgent MEND
    14 april 2013 09:17:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Against renewed attacks in Nigeria's oil region by militants of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the Nigerian army has said it is ready to take on the militants. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. moves to counter violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram
    13 april 2013 11:46:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government is beefing up security at the nation's land borders as a fallout from the rejection of its planned amnesty for the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, according to the local Nation newspaper. Full text...

  • Equality Now seeks action on political, organised violence against women in Egypt
    12 april 2013 09:10:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Equality Now, an international organisation working to end violence and discrimination against women and girls, Friday expressed concern over the continued erosion of women’s rights in post-revolution Egypt. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill four policemen in Nigeria
    11 april 2013 16:48:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be members of Nigeria's violent Islamic sect Boko Haram Thursday stormed a police station in Babangida village in northern Taraba state, killing four policemen, the state police commissioner said. Full text...

  • UN Human Rights Office wants South Sudan clashes probed
    09 april 2013 19:31:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The Geneva-based Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Tuesday called on the South Sudanese government to conduct an investigation into the violence that killed 85 people in Jonglei state. Full text...

  • MEND claims responsibility for killing of policemen in Nigeria
    07 april 2013 15:55:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella group for oil militants in Nigeria on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 12 policemen at Azuzama in southern Ijaw, Nigeria's oil rich Bayelsa state, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill 12 policemen in Nigeria
    07 april 2013 08:36:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen killed 12 policemen in Nigeria's oil-rich state of Bayelsa on Friday night, the same day that the nation's oil militants said they would commence attacks in the oil region to protest the jailing of their leader, Henry Okah, by a South African court. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill 11 people in Nigerian village
    06 april 2013 19:26:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Eleven people were killed when gunmen attacked a remote village, Midlu, in Nigeria's northern Adamawa State early Saturday, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Mauritanians protest against violence on women
    03 april 2013 20:57:31
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Several hundred people, mostly women and girls of all ages from civil society and other groups, demonstrated on Wednesday in Nouakchott to denounce the recurrent violence against women.Full text...

  • Nigerian oil militants to resume attacks over leader's jailing
    03 april 2013 20:45:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella organisation for Nigeria's oil militants, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), announced on Wednesday it was resuming its attacks against oil facilities and personnel in the oil producing Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • We’ll continue to apply force on terrorists - Nigerian Army Chief
    03 april 2013 07:54:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Army Chief, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, has vowed that "until terrorists sheath their swords, the use of force would be applied on members of the Boko Haram sect." Full text...

  • 19 die in Easter attack in Nigeria
    01 april 2013 15:13:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 19 people were shot dead and many others injured when gunmen launched a dawn attack on a village in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state on Easter Sunday, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Nigerian military kills 14 suspected Islamists in raid
    31 march 2013 15:41:51
    Kano, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 14 suspects were killed when soldiers of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) battling Islamic insurgents in northern Nigeria launched a dawn raid on a house at Unguwa Uku in northern Kano State, believed to be housing the insurgents. Full text...

  • Over 40 die in Nigeria's recurring violence
    30 march 2013 16:05:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Over 40 people have been killed in the past week around Nigeria's central city of Jos, in continuation of the tit-for-tat killings between Christians and Muslims in the area, the private Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • MEND 'incredulous' over Okah's 24-year jail term in South Africa
    27 march 2013 07:55:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella Nigerian oil militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said it received ''with incredulity'' the 24 years sentence slammed on its leader, Henry Okah, by a South African court on Tuesday for his role in the 1 Oct. 2010 deadly bombing in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja. Full text...

  • Prison attack frees 127 inmates in Nigeria
    24 march 2013 17:20:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 127 inmates of the Ganye prison in the northern Nigerian state of Adamawa escaped after the prison was attacked on Friday evening by gunmen, who killed 25 people in the coordinated attack that also targeted a police station, a bank and several relaxation joints. Full text...

  • 25 killed in Nigeria attack
    24 march 2013 08:34:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Twenty-five people, including a former Commissioner of Health and a chief prison warder, were killed when gunmen launched a series of attacks in Ganye in Nigeria's northern state of Adamawa on Friday night, the private Leadership newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's main opposition lashes out at govt over Kano bombing
    21 march 2013 16:44:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Thursday lashed out at the federal government for lacking the ''vision and capacity'' to stop the incessant attacks by the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram, following Monday's suicide bombing that killed dozens in northern Kano city. Full text...

  • Top opposition party official kidnapped in Nigeria
    20 march 2013 17:30:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A top official of Nigeria's main opposition party, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has been kidnapped from his home in the country's South-eastern state of Anambra, the party's spokesman said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's military spokesman shrugs off Boko Haram threat
    20 march 2013 12:09:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The spokesman for the military Joint Task Force (JTF) battling the Islamic sect Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, has shrugged off a threat by the sect to attack him, saying he is not afraid of such threats. Full text...

  • Nigeria police say 22 die, 65 injured in Kano bombing
    19 march 2013 18:23:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The police in Nigeria's northern state of Kano said Tuesday that 22 people died while 65 were injured in a suicide bomb attack at a motor park in the state capital, Kano, on Monday evening. Full text...

  • Nigerian papers put death toll from bus park bombing at 60
    19 march 2013 08:40:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With no official casualty figure from the authorities yet, Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday put the death toll from Monday evening's suicide bomb attack at a popular bus park in the northern city of Kano at around 60. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President condemns deadly bombing
    18 march 2013 23:35:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the bomb attacks in the northern city of Kano Monday evening that left many people dead and injured, saying barbaric activities by terror groups would not stop the government from its firm resolve to fight terrorism in the country. Full text...

  • UN Commission on Women adopts global plan to end gender-based violence
    17 march 2013 08:27:28
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 130 member states of the UN Commission on the Status of Women have adopted a global plan on the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls, the UN announced on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen attack Maiduguri prison, set inmates free
    15 march 2013 18:13:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram members, on Thursday attacked a prison in Gwoza Local Government Area of the northern Borno state with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol-bombs, setting all the inmates free, the local Vanguard newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Nigerian soldiers 'kill' four armed persons
    13 march 2013 15:16:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said Wednesday it killed four armed persons, including a woman, in a joint raid with the police on their hideout at Alu Quarters in the northern city of Sokoto. Full text...

  • UN reports retaliatory violence by Malian soldiers
    13 march 2013 11:22:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The recent military intervention in northern Mali has been followed by a serious escalation of retaliatory violence by government soldiers who appeared to be targeting members of various ethnic groups perceived to be supportive of the armed groups, the UN Full text...

  • Ex-Ghana leader, Rawlings, blames violence in Africa on bad economy
    12 march 2013 12:02:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The increasing number of conflicts and wars on the African continent has been blamed on socio-economic imbalance, the privately-owned GUARDIAN Newspaper quoted a former Ghanaian leader, Mr. Jerry Rawlings, as saying. Full text...

  • Nigerian military ''kills'' 52 Boko Haram suspects (corrected)
    09 march 2013 18:40:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The military Joint Task Force (JTF) battling the Islamic sect Boko Haram Full text...

  • ICC calls for support to help end violence against women
    08 march 2013 10:03:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday joined communities worldwide in marking International Women’s Day, with a call to advance women’s rights, promote and defend those rights, particularly for women and all others made vulnerable in situations of armed conflict. Full text...

  • Amnesty sought for Boko Haram
    06 march 2013 10:31:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The spiritual head of Nigerian Muslims has called on the federal government to grant amnesty to all members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram so they can stop the violence that has claimed over 3,000 lives since 2009. Full text...

  • Libya threatens warring tribes with air strikes
    05 march 2013 11:35:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan authorities have warned the two warring tribes in the Western part of the country to end their hostilities or face air strikes to restore order, the Libyan news Agency reported. Full text...

  • Many die in police/separatist group clash on Kenya's election eve
    04 march 2013 12:24:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan army has been put on high alert following the overnight killing of 12 people, including six Kenyan police officers and six members of a separatist group in Kenya's coastal region. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army says it kills 20 Boko Haram suspects
    03 march 2013 15:58:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The military Joint Task Force (JTF) battling the Islamic sect Boko Haram said on Sunday it killed 20 members of the sect following an attempted attack on a military barracks at Monguno in Nigeria's northern Borno State in the early hours of the day. Full text...

Special File - Violence in Africa

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