Violence in Africa -
  • 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...

  • Villagers clash with Muslim students over land in southern Malawi
    20 november 2012 15:31:17
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - At least five people have been arrested as tension remains high in the Mpempha area in the outskirts of Blantyre following violent clashes between villagers and students at the Blantyre Islamic Mission. Full text...

  • African Union condemns rebel attacks in eastern DRC
    19 november 2012 20:46:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The African Union Commission chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Monday strongly condemned the military offensive launched by the M23 rebel movement in Goma, eastern DR Congo, demanding that the group "unconditionally ends this immediately". Full text...

  • UK slaps Kenyan travel ban amid Nairobi violence
    19 november 2012 20:24:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Kingdom issued a new travel advisory against Kenya on Monday, warning its citizens against travel to trouble spots, including inching closer to within 60 km of the border with Somalia. Full text...

  • No ongoing dialogue with Boko Haram - President Jonathan
    18 november 2012 20:42:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan said Sunday his administration is currently not in talks with the Islamic sect Boko Haram, despite media reports that some form of dialogue is going on behind the scene. Full text...

  • Seven killed, dozens wounded in Kenyan terror attack
    18 november 2012 18:31:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Seven people were killed and 30 others wounded when a mini-bus was bombed in Nairobi's Somali-dominated neighbourhood of Eastleigh, police and rescue workers said Sunday. Full text...

  • DEVELOPING STORY: Many feared killed, injured in Kenya grenade attack
    18 november 2012 16:58:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Many people are feared to have been killed or injured following a grenade attack against a mini-bus in Kenya's capital city of Nairobi Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenyan military search team recovers more bodies from Samburu
    16 november 2012 07:32:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan military search and rescue mission has recovered four more bodies from the Suguta valley, where policemen on a mission to recover a herd of stolen cattle were killed recently. Full text...

  • Two SA boys arrested for stoning Zambia football team bus
    15 november 2012 10:43:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two boys, aged 12 and 13, have been arrested in South Africa for allegedly throwing stones at the Zambian soccer team's bus in Soweto, shortly after the team’s 1-0 triumph over South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Wednesday night. Full text...

  • 23 persons killed, 6 wounded in separate incidents in Sudan
    14 november 2012 11:27:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Some 23 persons have been killed in three separate incidents across Sudan since Monday, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group says sexual violence rife in Uganda
    13 november 2012 13:26:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Sexual violence is widespread in Uganda and disabled women and girls are particularly vulnerable, Equality Now, an international organisation working to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world, said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan death toll climbs to 30 after banditry attack
    11 november 2012 19:58:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The death toll in the banditry attack in Lomelok village in Baragoi division, 342km north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has risen to 30 police officers following the discovery of more bodies, rescuers said Sunday. Full text...

  • Gunmen shoot MD of Nigeria's Compass newspaper
    06 november 2012 15:45:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Managing Director of the Nigerian Compass newspaper, Mr. Sina Kawonise, was shot by unknown gunmen Monday night around Ikeji Arakeji, South-west Osun state, while returning from a conference, sources at the newspaper told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Boko Haram has killed 3,000 people since 2009 - Nigerian Army Chief
    06 november 2012 08:55:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Islamic sect Boko Haram has killed over 3,000 people in gun and bomb attacks since 2009, according to the country's Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Full text...

  • Kenya to fight militants creating 'Mogadishu-like' crisis in Garissa
    05 november 2012 08:11:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security officials have called for an all-out battle against militants seeking to create a Mogadishu-like crisis in the Eastern town of Garissa, where a rocket-propelled grenade killed a chaplain and a worshiper on Sunday. Full text...

  • Boko Haram denies killing retired Nigerian Army General
    04 november 2012 22:03:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Islamic sect Boko Haram has said it is not responsible for last week's killing of a retired Nigerian Army General, Mohammed Shuwa, as well as other high-level personalities in Maiduguri, capital of the country's northern Borno state. Full text...

  • House-to-house search conducted in Nigerian town after suicide bombing
    04 november 2012 12:37:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Following last Sunday's suicide bombing of a Catholic Church in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna by a suspected member of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, soldiers on Saturday carried out a house-to-house search in the city. Full text...

  • Nigerian security agents kill 13 kidnappers in oil-rich Rivers State
    03 november 2012 14:43:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian security agents have killed 13 kidnappers in a shootout that ensued after they stormed the hideout of kidnappers of a Turkish national, Biram Karakus, in the country's oil-rich Rivers State on Friday, state police spokesman Ben Ugwuegbulam said. Full text...

  • Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill Nigerian Army General
    02 november 2012 17:12:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be members of the Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram Friday shot dead a retired Nigerian Army General, Muhammadu Shuwa, in his residence in Maiduguri, capital of northern Borno state that is regarded as the spiritual base of the sect, the military said. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Retired Nigerian Army General killed by suspected Boko Haram gunmen
    02 november 2012 17:04:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be members of the Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram Friday shot dead retired Army General Muhammadu Shuwa in the northern city of Maiduguri, the military said. Full text...

  • Boko Haram ready for dialogue, govt. welcomes development
    02 november 2012 11:51:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government says it is ready for dialogue with the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram, after the group reportedly indicated its readiness to end its violent campaign if the government meets certain conditions. Full text...

  • Robbers kill 18 in Nigerian state
    31 october 2012 08:52:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Armed robbers attacked Kabaru village in Nigeria's northern Zamfara state in the early hours of Tuesday, killing 18 people including the village head, in the latest of such attacks by criminal gangs in the area, the private Daily Trust newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo gynaecologist Mukwege evacuated to Burundi
    29 october 2012 20:42:36
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A DR Congo gynaecologist and human rights activist, Dr Denis Mukwege, who has been treating women rape victims in areas where rebels, including the M23, are operating, has been evacuated to Burundi after he survived an attack on his house last Thursday night. Full text...

  • Kenya urges Eritrea to renounce extremism in Horn of Africa before IGAD recall
    29 october 2012 16:37:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has pledged support for Eritrea's bid to rejoin the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), but said Asmarah must renounce its support to extremists in the region. Full text...

  • 90% of victims of Nigeria church bombing are children - Archbishop
    29 october 2012 09:30:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Archbishop overseeing the Nigeria church that was attacked by a suicide bomber on Sunday, killing 8 persons and injuring 145, said 90% of the victims were children. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President condemns church bombing
    28 october 2012 20:18:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned Sunday's suicide bombing of a Catholic church in Kaduna, capital of the country's northern Kaduna state, describing it as "barbaric, cruel and uncalled for''. Full text...

  • 8 die, 145 injured in Nigeria church bombing - NEMA (2nd Update)
    28 october 2012 17:54:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Eight persons were killed while 145 others were injured on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into the gates of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Nigeria's northern Kaduna State, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in a statement. Full text...

  • 'Scores killed in Nigeria Church bombing' (1st Update)
    28 october 2012 14:48:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The police in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state said 'scores of worshippers' were killed in Sunday's suicide bombing of a church in the state capital, Kaduna. Full text...

  • DEVELOPING STORY: Many casualties feared from Nigeria church bombing
    28 october 2012 11:20:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared killed or injured on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed his car into the gates of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Nigeria's northern Kaduna during the morning mass, triggering a massive blast, the local media reported. Full text...

  • DRC urged to protect int'l campaigner against Gender violence
    27 october 2012 12:16:12
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict has called on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to protect Dr. Denis Mukwege after a violent attack and assassination attempt at his home in Bukavu. Full text...

  • Violence in Nigerian town claims 34 lives - Newspaper
    21 october 2012 10:30:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram have killed at least 34 people since Friday in Potiskum in Nigeria's northern city of Yobe state, the private Sunday Trust reported, quoting sources at the General Hospital in the town. Full text...

  • Rwanda demands investigation into death national in Mozambique
    19 october 2012 22:42:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan government on Friday strongly condemned the killing of one of its nationals in Mozambique and demanded the opening of a judicial investigation into the death, according to a statement in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Full text...

  • Top Boko Haram commander captured
    19 october 2012 20:27:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri Friday announced it had captured a top Boko Haram commander, whom it identified as Shuaibu Mohammed Bama. Full text...

  • JTF confirms killing 24 Boko Haram members in Nigeria
    16 october 2012 16:44:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Military Joint Task Force (JTF), battling the insurgency by the Islamic sect Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, said Tuesday it killed 24 suspected members of the sect after repelling Monday night's multiple attacks in the sect's spiritual base, Maiduguri. Full text...

  • Death toll from Nigeria mosque killing rises to 24
    15 october 2012 08:55:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 24 people, mostly Muslim worshipers, were killed and many others injured on Sunday when gunmen attacked the village of Dogon Dawa in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, the local media reported Monday, quoting the police. Full text...

  • Nigerian soldiers battling Islamic insurgents escape roadside bomb
    14 october 2012 17:59:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted on the roadside and targeted at a patrol of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) battling the Boko Haram in Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri went off Sunday before the patrol got there, according to JTF spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa. Full text...

  • Many killed in gun attack on Nigeria mosque
    14 october 2012 14:30:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared killed on Sunday when unknown gunmen attacked a mosque in Dogon Dawa village, located some 120 kilometres outside Kaduna, capital of the eponymous Kaduna state in northern Nigeria, police said. Full text...

  • Mauritanian President shot accidentally, slightly injured
    14 october 2012 12:29:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz was 'lightly wounded' after his convoy was accidentally shot at by soldiers at a military camp Saturday, government officials said. Full text...

  • Security: HRW says Boko Haram, Nigerian govt guilty of abuse
    11 october 2012 16:06:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - While saying that widespread and systematic murder and persecution by Boko Haram, the deadly militant Islamist group in northern Nigeria, is likely to amount to crimes against humanity, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Thursday indicted the Nigerian government when it revealed that State security forces have also engaged in numerous abuses, including extrajudicial killings. Full text...

  • UN condemns shelling of peace conference in Sudan
    09 october 2012 11:05:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Tuesday condemned the shelling of Kaduglli in Sudan's South Kordufan, which the government said killed one woman. Full text...

  • Soldiers 'kill 30, burn 50 houses in Nigerian city after officer's death'
    09 october 2012 09:02:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Soldiers attached to the military Joint Task Force (JTF) battling the Islamic insurgency in Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri killed 30 people in a revenge attack on their patrol that left at least an officer dead, the local Punch newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • (Corrected) Kenya govt vows to crack down on separatist groups amid escalating violence
    08 october 2012 22:03:27
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  • Kenya govt vows to crack down on separatist groups amid escalating violence
    08 october 2012 20:11:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The leader of the separatist Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), who has been seeking the secession of the coastal region, was arrested and charged with incitement to violence on Monday. Full text...

  • 30 Boko Haram members killed - Military
    08 october 2012 08:31:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said it killed 30 members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram in a gun battle in Damaturu, capital of northern Yobe state, on Sunday. Full text...

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