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Two priests, nun seized in latest Cameroon kidnapping

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have seized two Italian priests and a Canadian nun in northern Cameroon in the latest kidnapping of Westerners in the remote, insurgency-wracked corner of west Africa. The attack occurred overnight Friday in the small parish of Tchere, in the far north of Cameroon across the border from an area of northeastern Nigeria that serves as a base for the Islamist Boko Haram group. A group of armed men pulled up at the parish shortly before midnight, according to Henri Djonyang, the region's head cleric, which was confirmed by police.

Priests, nun seized in latest Cameroon kidnapping

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen seized two Italian priests and a Canadian nun in northern Cameroon overnight Saturday, in the latest kidnapping of Westerners in the remote, insurgency-wracked corner of west Africa. The attack occurred overnight in the small parish of Tchere, which lies about 40 miles (60 kilometres) from the corner of northern Nigeria that serves as a base for the Islamist Boko Haram group. A group of armed men pulled up at the parish shortly before midnight, according to Henri Djonyang, the region's head vicar, information that was confirmed by police.

Two Italian priests kidnapped in Cameroon

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon, Italy's foreign ministry and media reports said on Saturday. The attack occurred overnight in the north of the west African country, which borders violence-wracked Nigeria, according to Italy's Ansa news agency. The Italian foreign ministry said that two priests from Italy's northern Vicenza region had been seized, but gave no other details.

Kenyan police, Muslim youth clash in Mombasa

Kenyan police and Muslim youths clashed in Mombasa following Friday prayers, witnesses said, days after a firebrand Islamist cleric was gunned down in the port city. Security was tight and tensions high around the Musa mosque, seen by Kenyan authorities as a terrorist propaganda hub and recruiting ground for jihadists. A prominent cleric closely associated with the mosque, Abubaker Shariff Ahmed better known as Makaburi, was shot dead in Mombasa on Tuesday.

Rights group urges probe into Muslim cleric murder

Kenya must carry out a thorough investigation into this week's murder of a firebrand Muslim cleric in the port city of Mombasa or else risk an escalation of religious violence, Human Rights Watch said Friday. Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, better known as Makaburi and a vocal supporter of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, was gunned down in the strategic city on Tuesday. Prior to his death he had accused Kenyan security forces of seeking to kill him. He was also the third hardline Kenyan Islamist to be killed in Mombasa in as many years.

Protesters trash union offices in tense Tunisia border town

Protesters on Wednesday ransacked the offices of Tunisia's main workers' union in the tense town of Ben Guerdane for not backing a strike demanding the reopening of the Libyan border crossing. Frustration has been growing in Ben Guerdane at Tripoli's decision to shut the nearby border post in early March in a bid to stem the trade in smuggled Libyan petrol, on which the local economy depends.

Smuggled Libya oil fuels Tunisia economy - and instability

Anger has been brewing in Tunisia's smuggling hub of Ben Guerdane since the closure of its main border crossing stemmed the contraband Libyan petrol trade which fuels the local economy. Faced with an increased number of vehicles loaded with cheap fuel exiting its western borders, the Libyan government decided to close the Ras Jedir crossing in early March, Tunisian officials say. Officially, Tripoli said the border post was closed by "mutual agreement" pending "security guarantees" for Libyans living in Tunisia.

Police patrol Kenyan port after Muslim cleric's assassination

Armed police patrolled the streets of Kenya's port city Mombasa Wednesday after a prominent radical Muslim cleric assassinated overnight was buried as martyr. But Kenya's second city -- a key transport hub for East Africa and a popular tourist destination -- was reported calm in the morning, with the slain cleric's mosque broadcasting appeals for restraint among his supporters.

Police patrol Kenyan port after Muslim cleric's assassination

Armed police patrolled the streets of Kenya's port city Mombasa Wednesday after a prominent radical Muslim cleric assassinated overnight was buried as martyr. But Kenya's second city -- a key transport hub for East Africa and a popular tourist destination -- was reported calm in the morning, with the slain cleric's mosque broadcasting appeals for restraint among his supporters.

Refugees from Nigerian bloodshed start afresh in Cameroon

Alima fled fighting between Nigeria's army and the radical Islamist movement Boko Haram 10 days ago for neighbouring Cameroon, where she has joined thousands of refugees who feel abandoned by their homeland. "The only solution was to leave," the 31-year-old said as she ground maize flour for the evening meal in the courtyard of the Minawao refugee camp in the far north of Cameroon, close to the Nigerian border.
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