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Farm murders in South Africa continue

The Free State community of Vredefort, South Africa, has been left devastated after a farm murder claimed the life of 71-year-old Dirk Steenkamp (pictured).

As reported by OFM, Steenkamp was attacked at 07:00 on Sunday morning (4.03.2018) when he was inspecting a water pump near his property. A gang attacked him after driving to the farm and proceeded to shoot him.

Steenkamp’s wife raised the alarm shortly after hearing the gunshots, as the attackers fled. She was left unharmed in the incident.

The brutal crime has raised again the issue of farm murders in South Africa.

“The political parties in¬†South Africa¬†have demonstrated their incompetence and absenteeism over the past decades. Of course, the¬†ANC¬†was the dominant factor, but the so-called moderate¬†Democratic Alliance (DA) and the¬†Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)¬†of¬†Malema¬†are no better and bear co-responsibility for the failure of the¬†‚ÄėRainbow nation” –¬†said¬† Gerolf Annemans, the president of a Movement for Nations and Freedom (MENF).

“Some, including myself, dare to call it a silent genocide” – Annemans continued, while commenting on the situation with farm murders in South Africa. On¬†day 66 of 2018 there have been more than 84 and 11 murders.


EU Defence ministers examine training in Africa

The EU Council reviews the training missions deployed in Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia. It is be the opportunity to review the functioning of the military planning and conduct capability (MPCC). Established in June 2017, the MPCC oversees EU training missions

Kidnapped in Nigeria travellers freed

Two American and two Canadian citizens have been freed after being kidnapped in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a police spokesman said, as it emerged that five oil workers had been abducted in the southern Niger Delta region (pictured).

The Americans and Canadians were ambushed by unknown gunmen on January 17, while traveling from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja. Kafanchan is more than three hours’ drive northeast of Abuja.

 In a separate incident, police in the Delta state said five Nigerian oil workers from local firm Sahara Energy were kidnapped next day. Delta state police said no arrests had been made so far.

Kidnapping, usually for ransom, is common in parts of Nigeria, though abductors usually target other Nigerians. However, the kidnapping of foreigners is not uncommon.

Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesman for Kaduna state police, said the Americans and Canadians were freed on January 19.

“There‚Äôs a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria. Recent terrorist kidnaps have occurred mostly in northern Nigeria, but could occur anywhere. There are reports that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap foreigners, including in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state, along the Kumshe-Banki axis” – says UK FCO travel advice.

“There‚Äôs a high threat of terrorist kidnapping in areas where there is a Boko Haram presence or Islamic State West Africa (ISWA). As well as north east Nigeria, this is believed to include some northern and middle belt states including Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Niger and Adamawa states.” FCO warns travellers.

L’UE r√©it√®re soutien √† la MINUSMA

La MINUSMA a √©t√© une fois de plus frapp√©e par le terrorisme au nord du Mali. En cons√©quence plusieurs casques bleus ont perdu la vie ou ont √©t√© bless√©s. L’Union europ√©enne d√©plore cet acte qui vise √† emp√™cher la paix et la stabilit√© du Mali. Ses auteurs doivent √™tre arr√™t√©s et r√©pondre devant la justice.

L’Union europ√©enne pr√©sente ses condol√©ances aux familles des victimes et souhaite un prompt r√©tablissement aux bless√©s. Nous r√©it√©rons notre soutien √† la MINUSMA ainsi que notre plein engagement √† soutenir les efforts du Mali et de la communaut√© internationale en faveur de la paix, la s√©curit√© et le d√©veloppement du pays et de la r√©gion du Sahel.


EU on terrorist attack in Nigeria

A terrorist bombing on a market in north east Borno state in Nigeria has caused many deaths and injuries. We extend our sincere condolences to the victims and their families and our thoughts are with all those affected by this.

The EU reaffirms its full solidarity with the Nigerian government and people in their fight against terrorism. Together, we are determined to promote and support cooperation among the neighbouring countries and communities.

The EU is at the forefront of international efforts to help address the humanitarian needs of victims of Boko Haram in the region as well as the root causes of the radicalisation and violent extremism through concrete projects and funding.  The EU is also supporting the African Union led Multinational Joint Task Force whose action aims at eradicating the threat of Boko Haram.

Lifting state of emergency in Ethiopia

The lifting of the State of Emergency, which was established ten months ago following violent protests throughout the country, by the Ethiopian Parliament is a step in the right direction, particularly in the run-up to the 2018 local elections, European External Action Service (EEAS) statement says.

“Continued efforts on all sides are still required to address the grievances that led to the protests. Sustainable solutions require inclusive, constructive dialogue and political reform, as well as a peaceful and democratic environment in which criticism and shortcomings can be constructively addressed¬†in Ethiopia.¬†Further violence would only hamper this process, ” EEAS.

EU laments victims of Somalia attacks

The EU expresses its condolences to all the victims and their families.

Terrorist attacks against civilians in Mogadishu andon the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are another attempt to undermine Somalia’s determined course towards a stable and secure country. (Photo: illustration).

The EU pays tribute to all security personnel for their commitment to rebuild Somalia and ensure a peaceful environment for the population. These attacks will not deter our strong support of AMISOM and the Somali National Security Forces in their efforts to bring security and stability to the country. The EU will continue working with the Somali authorities, the African Union and other partners to enhance stability and Somalia’s capacity to fight terrorism.

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