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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.

 

 

 

 

EU to reinforce counter-terrorism efforts in Mali

From 26 to 28 March, European External Action Service Deputy Secretary General Pedro Serrano and EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove led a high-level visit Mali to enhance cooperation on counter-terrorism issues, says the text of the EEAS statement.

The mission gave the opportunity to evaluate and advance EU counter-terrorism efforts in Mali, by combining work done under the Common Security and Defence Policy, in the area of Justice and Home Affairs and through development cooperation.

They had exchanges with Prime Minister Mobido Keita and ministries in charge of foreign affairs, defence, security, justice and home affairs, economy and religious affairs. They also met with civil society and representatives from partner countries. Deputy Secretary General Serrano held meetings with the EU civilian and military missions, EUCAP Sahel Mali and EUTM Mali, including the Regional Coordination Cell which aims at supporting cross-border cooperation within the Sahel. He also visited the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (MINUSMA) and Operation Barkhane. A visit to Mopti/Sevare gave the opportunity to assess on the ground the EU’s stabilisation efforts in the region and to share views with the G5 Sahel Joint Force Commander and local authorities.

The European Union remains committed to supporting Mali in its efforts to achieving peace, social cohesion and development for the whole country, to the benefit of the wider Sahel region.

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 ‘Rainbow 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 RepublicMali 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’s 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’s 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 réitère soutien à la MINUSMA

La MINUSMA a été une fois de plus frappée par le terrorisme au nord du Mali. En conséquence plusieurs casques bleus ont perdu la vie ou ont été blessés. L’Union européenne déplore cet acte qui vise à empêcher la paix et la stabilité du Mali. Ses auteurs doivent être arrêtés et répondre devant la justice.

L’Union européenne présente ses condoléances aux familles des victimes et souhaite un prompt rétablissement aux blessés. Nous réitérons notre soutien à la MINUSMA ainsi que notre plein engagement à soutenir les efforts du Mali et de la communauté internationale en faveur de la paix, la sécurité et le développement du pays et de la région 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.

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