Detonation of explosives triggered panic at ceremony in Bamenda, English-speaking town North-West of Cameroon. Suspicions focused on separatists who had vowed to disrupt events, so far ten wounded have been reported. (Image: social media).
At least ten people were injured on March 8 in Bamenda, during an explosion during the International Women’s Rights Day parade, local media reports.
Half of the people affected are security agents who ensured public order during the parade in the center of the city.
According to the same sources, the remotely operated explosive device was placed on the scene the previous night presumably by independence activists from the English-speaking regions.
According to social media one person was killed by the explosion: the other unconfirmed reports say one person has died from wounds, and eight received life threatening injuries.
A few hours earlier, two simultaneous attacks, still attributed to separatists, had taken place overnight at the gendarmerie brigade and at the police station in the town of Galim (West) bordering the North West. There police officers, two female gendarmes and a civilian in police custody were injured, some social media sources claim claim that some of the wounded died later.
According to a security official on duty in the city, around twenty heavily armed attackers arrived on motorcycles after having succeeded in paralyzing the electricity supply line. After their crime, they took over the direction of the North West region with several weapons and ammunition, local media reports.
A suicide bomber acts in Tunisian capital Tunis. The attack took place opposite the U.S. embassy.
12:50 AMENDED “The British Embassy in Tunis is urgently seeking further information following reports of a suicide bombing near the US Embassy #Tunis. If you’re in the area, remain vigilant and follow advice of local security authorities” the issued alert reads.
Pictures of aftermath of the suicide bombing circulate in socical media:
Media reports two dead and five injured, but at the moment it is not clear if the assailant’s death is also included.
13:30 AMENDED: “Emergency personnel are responding to an explosion that occurred near the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. Please avoid the area and monitor local media for updates” US Embassy in Tunis wrote on Twiter.
Military cargo plane from Turkey landed in Mogadishu on December 29 to evacuate people badly wounded in a truck bombing a day earlier that killed at least 90 people, including two Turkish nationals.
The plane also brought emergency medical staff and supplies, according to a tweet from the Turkish embassy, adding these had been transported to a Turkish-run hospital in Mogadishu.
Somali Information Minister Mohamed Abdi Hayir Mareye told state media that 10 badly injured Somalis would be evacuated to Turkey. He added that Turkey had sent 24 doctors to treat those wounded who would stay in the capital.
A blast was heard during a rally in Addis Ababa on June 22, following a speech by Ethiopia new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a media reports. Local media claim six people hurt by grenade explosion. In a television address shortly after the incident, Aiby Ahmed said that “such small incidents will not deter us from the journey of renewal. We will unite and overcome this failed and defeated idea.” Reportedly the culprits, fleeing the scene have been arrested, and are in custody now.
There are no further reports on the consequences of the blast, however some news sources claim it was “small”.
The twitter microblog pictures show a dense crowd of supporters, who came during weekend to give their support to a new Prime Minister. The event took place at a historic Meskel Square of Addis Ababa:
In a televised address shortly after escaping an apparent assassination attempt at a rally organized to support his reform agenda, PM Abiy Ahmed vows “such small incidents will not deter us from the journey of renewal. We will unite and overcome this failed and defeated idea.”
Media claims six people hurt by the explosion:
Armed men exploded a pipeline pumping crude oil to Es Sider port, cutting Libya’s output by up to 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), military and industry sources claimed.
The state-run National Oil Corporation (NOC) said in statement output had been reduced by 70,000-100,000 bpd. The cause of the blast was unclear, it added.
The attackers arrived at the site near Marada in two cars and planted explosives on the pipeline, a military source said.
Pictures purportedly showing a huge cloud from the blast in central eastern Libya circulated on social media.
The damage was still being assessed, one oil source said. Oil prices rose on the report.
Islamic State fighters had a presence in the area until government forces expelled them from their main stronghold in Sirte a year ago.
The operator of the pipeline is Waha, a subsidiary of the NOC and a joint venture with Hess Corp, Marathon Oil Corp and ConocoPhillips.