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.
The US Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo is warning the American citizens to leave the country, while Congolese officials prepare to announce election results.
The Embassy in Kinshasa posted an alert on January 9, which requested the Americans in Congo to draw departure plans that do not rely on US government assistance. It urged Americans to avoid large crowds and demonstrations, and continuously monitor local media for updates.
Congo‘s election commission has said it will announce results of the December 30th election at 11 p.m. local time on January, 9.
Cambodian customs have seized more than three tons of elephant tusks from Mozambique following a notice from the US Embassy. The demand for ivory from China and Vietnam is a driving factor in Cambodia’s illegal wildlife trade.
“The elephant tusks were hidden among marble in a container that was abandoned,” Sun Chhay, director of the Customs and Excise Office at the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port, told the AFP news agency.
The official said the ivory was sent from the southern African nation of Mozambique and it arrived in Cambodia last year. He also said the owner of the shipment did not show up to collect the cargo.
Officials said the tusks were discovered after a tip-off from the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.
It was unclear whether the smuggled ivory was destined for markets other than Cambodia.
Deadly mob attacks on people suspected to be “vampires” have led to 140 arrests in Malawi, police said.
The situation had spun out of control, the inspector general of police, Lexon Kachama, told. More arrests were expected.
Nine people have been killed in the attacks that began last month after rumors of “blood-suckers” spread. In the latest case, a man with epilepsy was burned to death in Blantyre, the southern African nation’s second-largest city, Kachama said. Another person there was stoned to death.
President Peter Mutharika has appealed for calm in the four districts where the mob attacks have taken place, saying this week that “my government will offer protection from these alleged blood-suckers.”
“The biggest challenge is that thieves and robbers have now taken advantage of the situation and are mounting illegal roadblocks at night in order to harass people,” Kachama said.
The United Nations and US Embassy have blacklisted some of the areas as dangerous zones for staffers.