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EU condolences to Burkina Faso

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, a terrorist attack caused the death of 37 people and 60 wounded in Burkina Faso.

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“The European Union expresses its condolences to the families of the victims and its solidarity with the Burkinabè people, now almost daily bereaved by attacks on civilians, the defense and security forces, but also the symbols of the authority of the State, as evidenced by the murder of the Mayor of the commune of Djibo and his companions on November 3rd.

“These attacks fuel a spiral of violence that causes large population displacement, undermines national cohesion and hampers development. The European Union renews its support for the Government of Burkina Faso, which currently holds the presidency of G5 Sahel. The European Union, together with its Member States, remains more than ever committed to the Burkinabe authorities and people, as well as to all the countries of the region, to respond in a coordinated manner to the current challenges of security, stability and development in the region. Sahel.”

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Semafo, the Canadian gold mining company said in an earlier statement that the attack on a convoy of five buses with a military escort took place on the road to its Boungou mine in the eastern region of Est, about 40km (25 miles) from Boungou.

Norway crew abducted in Benin

Nine crew members from Norway vessel have been abducted by pirates while anchored off the coast of the West African country of Benin. The Gulf of Guinea is notorious among maritime regions, plagued by piracy. (Image: illustration).

The sailors on a vessel Bonita owned by the Norwegian shipping company J.J. Ugland have been kidnapped by pirates while anchored 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) off shore from the port city of Cotonou on November 2.

In a statement published in Norway’s Dagens Naeringslivnewspaper on November 3, the company spokesperson said it would not disclose the crew’s nationalities, citing safety reasons.

“The Ugland Emergency Response Team are handling this situation as per contingency plans, and they are in contact with relevant authorities.

“The families of the crew members have been contacted and will be kept informed by Ugland,” the company
The remaining crew members was able to dock at port with its gypsum cargo the same day.

The Gulf of Guinea, which extends from Gabon to Liberia, has been infested by piracy practicing kidnapping in search for ransom.

French solider killed in Mali

French soldier perished in Mali after his armoured vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, France’s presidency said in a statement.

Corporal Ronan Pointeau died near Menaka in eastern Mali following “the detonation of an improvised explosive device as his armoured vehicle drove by,” the statement said.

President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Pointeau’s “sacrifice” and said his thoughts were with the soldier’s colleagues and “his Sahelian brothers in arms, who are paying a heavy price in the fight against terrorism.”

The Sahel region became a battlefield between jihadists and governmental forces backed by troops from France and UN peacekeepers.

Pointeau’s death follows an attack on November 1 in the same region that left 49 Malian soldiers dead (according to the other reports 53 military and one civilian).

The offensive was claimed by the Islamic state group via their news site Amaq.

Mali military death toll risen

Daesh fighters in Mali have killed dozens of soldiers in one of the deadliest offensives against the governmental forces in recent memory. The the sources report two figures: 49 and 53 men perished in the attack, and one civilian.

It is possible that the toll will be even higher, taken into consideration the wounded, who have injuries ‘incompatible with life’. One civilian has become a collateral victim in the attack on an isolated military base the government said.

The authorities first reported the attack in Indelimane, in Menaka region, on November 1, but the initial death toll was lower.

“Heavily armed unidentified men attacked around noon. The attack started with shellfire … Then they retreated toward Niger,” the government spokesperson Yaya Sangare said.

Spokesperson also explains the death toll was not final because the bodies were still being identified, and that the army has launched a combing operation on the ground with support from international forces, including French troops and UN peacekeepers.

The Islamic State (IS) group said via their site Amaq news claimed being behind the attack.

Mali has been tormented by radical Islamistes since 2012, when the militants took over the north. With the assistance of French military, Mali’s army has recovered the territories.

However, the djihâd groups there did not abandon the idea to establish Caliphate, and they continued to fight against the governmental forces.

In a separate incident on November 2, a French soldier was killed in Liptako in the same area. 

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Brigadier Ronan Pointeau died after his armoured vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, the French government said in a statement. Brigadier is the equivalent of corporal.

It was earlier reported that 54 soldiers had died in the attack on the military post, based on a statement by Mali government spokesperson, Yaya Sangare.

Niger soldiers killed and wounded

In Niger 12 soldiers were killed and eight wounded in an attack by gunmen reportedly belonging to Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram, the defense ministry confirmed this week. 

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Boko Haram has been in offensive for a decade to establish the Caliphate in Nigeria, and has been undertaking the regular raids over the borders into neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon. 

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On the night of October 29-30, an army position in Diffa region was “attacked by unidentified armed persons very probably belonging to the terrorist group Boko Haram,” the officials announced in statement, transmitted by radio.

Mozambique elections with «democratic aspirations» 

“The historic Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in Maputo on 6 August was an inspiration to the outside world: the electoral process which has followed is a real test of the readiness of Mozambique’s political actors and institutions to maintain and protect the freedoms and rights which will help to bring the benefits of the peace to citizens’ says the text of the statement of the spokesperson of the the European External Actions Service on General and provincial elections in Mozambique.

“The elections demonstrated clearly the democratic aspirations of Mozambicans, despite the challenges of the polarised environment. At the same time, amongst the first findings of the EU Election Observation Mission are that the election campaign was marked by violence, including attacks and intimidation, and by limitations on freedom of assembly and civil society observation activities. The Mission will stay on the ground until the electoral process is completed before issuing its final report” says the text of the Statement by the Spokesperson on the General and Provincial elections in Mozambique

“Looking ahead, the EU expects stakeholders to channel any electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms in line with the relevant electoral laws. Election authorities should ensure a transparent process of tabulation and the judicial authorities should effectively address possible complaints and appeals.

“The European Union is ready to work closely together with the elected government on implementing political and economic reforms, and to support the peace agreement and post-cyclone reconstruction”.

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Meanwhile local observers, presenting non-profit NGO, reported around 300 000 *ghost voters” only in the south province of Gaza, where the names of the registered voters could not be traced to any identities of real people.

Former Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said the Commonwealth’s observer mission “remained concerned about the impact” of the suspected ghost voters on the election.

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Decisive elections in Mozambique. North-South differences persist. New factors: gas perspectives make the country a new scenario for the “Great Game” (USA-Russia-China). Violent movements in the north” wrote in his Twitter micro blog MEP José Manuel García-Margallo, leading EU observation mission to Mozambique.

The results of the elections has not been announced yet, however they are expected to put to test the fragile peace deal between the ruling Frelimo Party and its civil war enemy, turned opposition rival Renamo.

The European Union observation mission reported unfair conditions, and unjustified use of state resources by the ruling party, the elections were also plagued by widespread violence.

Ethiopian Abiy Ahmed Nobel prize winner

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia has won Nobel Peace Prize for his input in ending the 20-year war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. 

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Announcing the prize in Oslo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Ahmed’sefforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.”

The Prime Minister’s office tweeted out a statement after Abiy Ahmed saying it was “pleased to express our pride” in the selection, adding that Abiyhas made peace, forgiveness and reconciliation key policy components of his administration“.

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