Violence in Africa -
  • UN official tasks Kenyans on sexual violence
    03 march 2013 14:18:29
    New York, US (PANA) - As Kenya prepares to go to the polls on Monday, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura, has called on authorities to ensure the protection of civilians, especially women and girls, against sexual violence and abuses. Full text...

  • 5 killed when football-pitch argument turned into religious crisis in Nigerian city
    24 february 2013 08:50:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A football pitch argument between two players on Saturday sparked an orgy of religious violence in Wukari, in the northern Taraba State, leaving at least five people dead, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Nigeria's military 'welcomes' Boko Haram ceasefire
    28 january 2013 22:14:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The military Joint Task Force (JTF) fighting the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram in Nigeria's northern state of Borno has welcomed the ceasefire declared by the sect Monday. Full text...

  • Boko Haram declares ceasefire
    28 january 2013 20:58:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, which has killed over 3,000 people in gun and bomb attacks in Nigeria since 2009, on Monday declared an immediate ceasefire. Full text...

  • Ugandan businessman killed in Rwanda
    23 january 2013 21:55:00
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwandan police said on Wednesday that six suspects have been arrested in the murder of a Ugandan businessman, Dickson Tinyinondi. Full text...

  • Tension high in SA town after riot
    23 january 2013 09:00:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Tensions remain high in South Africa's Free State town of Sasolburg on Wednesday, following two days of running street battles between police and residents that have left at least two protesters dead and 200 others arrested. Full text...

  • Islamist group claims responsibility for attack that kills 2 Nigerian soldiers
    20 january 2013 20:40:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A group suspected to be a breakaway faction of the Islamic sect Boko Haram on Sunday claimed responsibility for the previous day's attack on a military convoy that killed two soldiers and injured four others, part of Nigeria's contingent to Mali. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Four confirmed dead in attack on Emir in Nigeria
    19 january 2013 19:12:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Nigeria's northern Kano state has confirmed the death of four persons in Saturday's gun attack on the vehicular convoy of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero. Full text...

  • Gunmen attack top Nigerian traditional ruler
    19 january 2013 16:45:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One of Nigeria's most revered traditional rulers, Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano in the country's north, was attacked by unknown gunmen on Saturday while he was returning from a mosque in the city, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Suspected masterminds of Nigeria military barracks attack arrested
    19 january 2013 14:02:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria secret police said they have arrested two suspected masterminds of last November's suicide bombing of a church located within a key military facility in Jaji, in the country's northern Kaduna state, in which 11 persons died and 30 others were injured. Full text...

  • UN condemns tribal violence in restive Kenyan region
    10 january 2013 19:10:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN's top relief official in Kenya has expressed its worry over the continuing acts of violence in the restive Tana Delta after an early Thursday attack there left 11 people dead, bringing the death toll to 450 since 2012.Full text...

  • Four Tanzanian policemen killed in public violence
    08 january 2013 10:53:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Four policemen were killed as a result of public violence in Tanzania's northwestern Kagera Region within three weeks, according to reports from the region that borders Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Full text...

  • 14 killed in Sudan's inter-ethnic battle
    07 january 2013 14:33:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At least 14 people were killed and dozens injured in an inter-ethnic fighting in Western Sudan Sunday, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • '30m naira paid for release of kidnapped Koreans in Nigeria'
    04 january 2013 11:19:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The four South Koreans who were kidnapped in Nigeria last month were released upon the payment of 30 million naira (US$188,700) in ransom by their Full text...

  • Suspected UN House bombers, others arrested - Nigerian President
    02 january 2013 12:13:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The suspects behind the deadly bombing of the UN building and the Nigeria police headquarters, both in the country's capital city of Abuja, as well as a Catholic Church in Madalla, northern Niger State, have been arrested and are now in custody, President Goodluck Jonathan has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria 'foils' plots to ruin Christmas, New Year celebrations
    30 december 2012 12:07:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has foiled plots by the insurgents in the northern part of the country to unleash terror during the ongoing Christmas and New Year holidays, the private Punch newspaper reported Sunday, quoting the police. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill 25 in Nigeria
    29 december 2012 12:56:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen believed to be members of the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram have killed 25 people in two states in northern Nigeria, according to the local media and the military on Saturday. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill university don in Nigerian state
    28 december 2012 12:21:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Yet-to-be identified gunmen riding on a motorcycle Thursday night killed Prof. Hyacinth Nong Mbibu, Head of Department of Surgery at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Zaria, northern Kaduna State. Full text...

  • Nigerian security agents 'kill' 5 Boko Haram suspects
    27 december 2012 22:43:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian security agents on Thursday shot dead five suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect in the northern city of Kaduna, the military said. Full text...

  • Catholic church in Nigerian state 'forgives' Boko Haram over attacks
    26 december 2012 10:54:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In the spirit of Christmas, the Catholic Church in Nigeria's northern Kaduna State said it had forgiven the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram for its attacks on Catholic churches in the state. Full text...

  • Nigerian military foils planned Christmas Day attacks
    25 december 2012 10:22:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The military Joint Task Force (JTF) battling the Islamic sect Boko Haram in northern Nigeria has discovered and detonated many explosives planted in strategic locations in northern Kano city, according to a top army officer. Full text...

  • Gunmen kidnap 4 foreigners off Nigeria coast
    24 december 2012 15:52:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen have kidnapped four foreigners after attacking a supply boat off the coast of Bayelsa state in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region, the police said Monday. Full text...

  • Rwandan stabbed in Brussels
    24 december 2012 15:09:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan national was stabbed and slightly wounded by unknown persons in an attack in Brussels, Belgium, at the weekend, the local media quoted Rwanda's Embassy in Belgium as saying. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt urged to curb violence
    24 december 2012 13:20:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has been urged to take urgent steps to address the recurrent violence in northern Plateau state, where settler-indigene tensions have fuelled inter-communal crisis, leading to internal displacements and several deaths. Full text...

  • Opposition party rally disrupted in Tunisia
    23 december 2012 16:15:38
    Djerba, Tunisia (PANA) - A rally, organized here by the main Opposition party in Tunisia, Nida Tounes, was disrupted Saturday by people believed to members of the ruling Islamist movement, 'Ennahdha', according to Aida Klibi, the Publicity Secretary of Nida Tounes. Full text...

  • Benghazi violence: Parliament Chief warns against subversion
    23 december 2012 11:39:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The President of Libya's General National Congress, the country’s highest legislative authority, Dr. Mohamed Al-Megreyef, Saturday deplored Thursday's violence in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, stating that "these acts are not acceptable and do not reflect the status of Benghazi as the 'city of resistance'.''Full text...

  • 1st UPDATE: Suicide bombers attack Airtel, MTN facilities in Nigeria
    22 december 2012 11:33:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two suicide car bombers on Saturday attacked facilities of mobile phone operators, Airtel and MTN, in Kano, killing themselves, the Kano State Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, has confirmed. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Suicide bombers attack telecom facilities in Nigeria
    22 december 2012 11:13:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suicide bombers have carried out two separate attacks against telecommunication facilities in Kano, in what seems to be a resumption of attacks on telecommunications facilities in the Northern part of Nigeria, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Kenyan security agents directed to stop Tana tribal killings
    22 december 2012 08:24:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has directed the security forces deployed to the troubled Tana Delta region to stop any further killings after a dawn raid killed 39 people, mostly children, Friday. Full text...

  • Oxfam warns of risk of war in DR Congo
    18 december 2012 15:56:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - More than one million people are at risk of militia, rebel and army attacks as fighters begin to position themselves in and around the provincial city of Goma, in eastern DR Congo, with little or no protection from the government or UN peacekeepers, International Agency, Oxfam, warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Officer killed in gun battle between Tunisia security agents, gunmen
    11 december 2012 11:45:57
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - An officer of the Tunisian National Guard was killed Monday during clashes involving Tunisian security forces and unidentified gunmen, PANA learnt from security sources. Full text...

  • 14, including police officer, die in Nigeria shootout
    11 december 2012 09:26:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Fourteen people, including a police officer and 13 suspected terrorists, were killed in a gun battle that lasted several hours in Potiskum in Nigeria's northern Yobe State overnight Sunday, the private Leadership newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mother of Nigeria's Finance Minister kidnapped
    10 december 2012 08:40:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 82-year-old mother of Nigeria's Minister of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in her native Ogwashi-Uku in Delta State in the country's oil region, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • ‘Apartheid legacy to blame for mine violence’
    05 december 2012 08:59:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The outgoing Chief Executive Officer of mining giant Anglo American Tuesday said the violence experienced in South Africa's mining sector this year has its roots in the Apartheid system. Full text...

  • Sudanese police attack Islamists training camp
    03 december 2012 09:27:58
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese police on Friday attacked the training camp of Islamic fundamentalists in the country's South-east, killing two and arresting at least 25 others, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Death toll from Nigeria bar shooting rises to 10
    28 november 2012 08:17:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll from Monday night's shooting at a drinking bar at Heipang in the Barkin Ladi Local Council area of Nigeria's central Plateau state has risen from 8 to 10, amid accusations that the killings may have been carried out by security agents, the local Leadership newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • International conference on gender opens in Burundi
    27 november 2012 20:55:52
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The president of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Tuesday opened a two-day conference on the role of security organs in the prevention of violence against women and girls. Full text...

  • Death toll from Nigeria military church attack now 17
    27 november 2012 09:04:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll from Sunday's twin suicide bombing of a church at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, 35 kilometres from Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna, has risen from 11 to 17, including the two suicide bombers who have been confirmed dead, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burundi's president launches campaign on violence against women
    26 november 2012 20:39:58
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The president of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Monday officially launched a 16-day nationwide campaign on violence against women and girls with a pledge to punish perpetrators. Full text...

  • 2 police officers killed, 30 inmates freed in attack on Nigeria police facility
    26 november 2012 18:57:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police said two of its officers were killed while 30 inmates escaped when gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram attacked a detention facility of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the capital city of Abuja early Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian army to probe attack on military barracks
    26 november 2012 13:21:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has instituted an inquiry into Sunday's attack on a church in a key military facility in Jaji, located some 35 kilometres from the northern city of Kaduna, which left 11 people dead and 30 injured. Full text...

  • Gunmen attack headquarters of Nigeria police crack squad
    26 november 2012 11:59:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Unknown gunmen Monday attacked the headquarters of the crack anti-robbery squad of the Nigeria police in the capital city of Abuja, but there are no reports of casualties, the local media reported. Full text...

  • UPDATE 2: 11 die, 30 injured in Nigeria church bombing
    25 november 2012 18:02:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Eleven people were killed while 30 others were injured in Sunday's suicide bomb attacks on a church situated within the Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, some 35 kilometres outside the northern city of Kaduna, Army Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Bolaji Koleoso said in a statement.Full text...

  • UPDATE 1: At least 5 die in Nigeria church bombing
    25 november 2012 15:59:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 5 persons were killed and many more injured in an explosion that rocked a Church within the Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College in the country's northern Kaduna state on Sunday, the local Daily Trust newspaper reported. Full text...

  • DEVELOPING STORY: Explosion rocks church in northern Nigeria
    25 november 2012 15:20:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An explosion on Sunday rocked a church in a military barracks in Jaji in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, but casualty figures are as yet unknown, PANA reported, quoting security sources. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. to pay US$1.8m for information on 19 Boko Haram leaders (Corrected)
    24 november 2012 10:35:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government Friday said it would pay 290 million Naira (or US$1.8 million) to anyone who provides information leading to the capture of leader of the Boko Haram sect leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau, and his 18 other colleagues, according to local media reports Saturday. Full text...

  • Gambia recorded 376 cases on domestic violence from Jan-Oct, 2012
    21 november 2012 14:33:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Officials of Gambia’s Department of Social Welfare, under the Ministry of Health, said it recorded close to 376 cases of domestic violence, including violence against children and women, paternity and custody cases between January and October, 2012. Full text...

  • Kenyan national anger wells over soldiers 'rampage' in Garissa
    20 november 2012 18:32:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The state of national anger brewed up across Kenya Tuesday, the second day of a national army rampage in the Eastern town of Garissa, which infuriated parliamentarians and the Defence Minister Yusuf Hajji. Full text...

  • AI urges civilian protection as thousands flee fighting in eastern DRC
    20 november 2012 17:54:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As the Rwandan-backed M23 armed group advances towards Goma with fighting resuming around the capital of North Kivu province, combatants on all sides of the escalating conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must take steps to safeguard civilians from attack, Amnesty International (AI) said. Full text...

  • Amnesty International wants rampaging Madagascan security forces controlled
    20 november 2012 17:42:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Madagascar’s rampaging security forces must be brought under control in the south of the country, Amnesty International (AI) demanded Tuesday following widespread State killings of civilians over cattle theft. Full text...

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