Category Archives: Conflict

Congo future elections in EU focus

The Foreign Affairs Council will discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following up on the Council conclusions of 11 December 2017 and in view of the foreseen elections at the end of the year.

On 11 December the Foreign Affairs Council adopted conclusions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo following the announcement, on 5 November, of an electoral calendar.

The conclusions stress that it is fundamental, in particular for the legitimacy of the institutions in charge of the transition, to guarantee that the election date, now set for 23 December 2018, is respected.

Woman lapidated by al Shabaab

Somalia Islamist group al-Shabaab announced it has lapidated to death a woman accused of poliandria.

The al-Qaeda-linked group radio, Andalus, reports that the execution by lapidation took place on Wednesday (9/05/2018)  after an ad hoc al-Shabab court convicted the woman in Sablale town in Lower Shabelle region.

The report says masked men lapidated to death 30-year-old Shukri Abdullahi Warsame in the middle of a  public square according to the procedure of Sharia law.

The self-proclaimed Sharia judge said the woman had confessed to having secretly married 11 men without seeking a divorce.

Al-Shabab has been fighting for years to impose a strict version of Islam in the Horn of Africa nation.

Red Cross nurse abducted in Mogadishu

The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed the abduction of a nurse in Mogadishu (pictured), at present police, and intelligence agents are working on the case. At present  no further information has been released on the circumstances of the incident, police added the nurse is a German citizen.

 

 

 

 

Tajani condolences to Mubi bombing victims

The European Parliament president Antonio Tajani send his condolences to families of victims of a Mosque attack in Nigeria. Already 60 people have been reported dead; and dozens of  injured following an explosion in a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State, North-east Nigeria. The blast occurred Tuesday (1/05/2018) afternoon while worshippers were holding Zuhr prayer.

The locals strongly suspect Boko Haram behind the attack.

Abdullahi Yerima, police commissioner in Adamawa state, said a suicide bomber had struck at the mosque shortly after 1 p.m. (1200 UTC) and a second attacker detonated a device about 200 meters (660 feet) away as worshippers fled. Bomb squads and security personnel have cordoned off the scene.

 

 

 

 

Tuaregs killed in Menaka region

More than 40 people from the Tuareg community have been killed in two separate attacks by suspected jihadist offensive in north-eastern Mali, officials say. Majority of the victims were young men.

The attacks happened in the remote Menaka region on Thursday(26/04) and Friday (27/04).

They are believed to have been carried out in an act of revenge after Tuareg attacks on jihadist camps in recent weeks.

Much of north-eastern Mali is turmoil despite a 2015 peace deal between the government and Tuareg rebels and the presence of an international force.

Tuaregs seized parts of the region, including the African World Heritage city of Timbuktu, in 2012, claiming their ‘historic’ rights on the area.

Later the territories were later taken over by Islamist fighters linked to al-Qaeda, until they were repelled in a French-led military operation in 2013.

 

Libya Quartet to meet in Cairo

EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini will be attending meeting of Libya Quartet hosted by the League of Arab States in Cairo. (Image: Tuyuri neighborhood in Sebha, south Libya, courtesy Claudia Gazzini)

The aim of the Libya Quartet is to support UN mediation and regional efforts and to accompany the process of the political transition in Libya, in full respect of Libyan ownership. On Monday, the Libya Quartet will  discuss progress in the UN mediation efforts, led by UNSG Special Representative Ghassan Salamé, and explore ways in which these key regional groupings can keep supporting this work.

A joint press conference will take place after the plenary meeting on Monday evening at 19.30 CET. EBS will provide audio-visual coverage.

Buhari vows to unite Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in 2015 is vowing to end Boko Haram’s offensive to create an Islamic caliphate in the northeast, he also declared his priority to improve security in Africa’s most populous country of 150.53 million.

The issue has become politically charged in the run-up to an election next year which Buhari said he wants to contest.

At least four people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria this week, the national emergency agency said, the second such clash in Maiduguri city in a month.

Five suicide bombers were also killed in the attack, which Nigeria’s military confirmed had been repelled.

Blasts and gunfire were heard by residents in the city which is the major urban centre of Borno, the state worst hit by an insurgency which has killed more than 34,000 people since 2009.

However the tensions over security problems are mounting, and Catholic clergy joint the opposition to President Buhari, demanding his resignation.  Following the recent killings of two Catholic priests and other worshippers in Benue State by Fulani militant the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

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