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Blast rocks crowded bus station near Nigeria's capital

A loud blast rocked a bus station packed with commuters heading to Nigeria's capital Abuja on Monday, with many people feared injured, the rescue agency spokesman told AFP. "This morning there was an explosion at the Nyanya Motor Park," Manzo Ezekiel of the National Emergency Management Agency said. "Rescue teams are already on ground. There were so many people there at that time, so we think there must have been some injuries," he added. The cause of the blast was not yet known. bs/yad

Blast rocks crowded bus station near Nigeria's capital

A loud blast rocked a bus station packed with commuters heading to Nigeria's capital Abuja on Monday, with many people feared injured, the rescue agency spokesman told AFP. "This morning there was an explosion at the Nyanya Motor Park," Manzo Ezekiel of the National Emergency Management Agency said. "Rescue teams are already on ground. There were so many people there at that time, so we think there must have been some injuries," he added.

Slum-dwellers left out in cold in Algeria polls

Shantytown dwellers in Algiers are faced with an economic "mission impossible" over their country's April 17 presidential election as they struggle to improve their lot in an oil-rich state. The capital's wali, or state-appointed provincial governor, has given those who fled to crammed hovels to escape the bloody civil war of the 1990s an impossible choice: vote or forget about being rehoused.

Bomb blast near Egypt hospital before minister visits

A crude bomb exploded on Saturday near a newly built hospital just minutes before it was inaugurated by Egypt's health minister, security officials said, adding that there were no casualties. The device went off in the city of Kaft, 630 kilometres (around 390 miles) south of Cairo, before Adel al-Adawi arrived for the opening, the officials and state television reported. The ceremony went ahead as planned. A wave of bombings and shootings has targeted Egypt's security forces since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July.

Gunmen ambush foreign peacekeepers in C. African town

Gunmen ambushed peacekeeping troops in the crisis-torn Central African Republic, injuring two, residents and a spokesman for the French army force in the country said Friday. A hospital employee said that French troops and Congolese soldiers from African Union peacekeeping force MISCA were "ambushed" outside the hospital in the central mining town of Bria while making their way back to their airport base on Thursday night. Gunfire broke out for around half an hour outside the hospital in the town centre, according to the employee, who asked not to be named.

Bomb wounds Egyptian policeman in Cairo suburb

An Egyptian policeman was wounded by a bomb in a Cairo suburb on Thursday, a security official told AFP. The blast, caused by a "primitive bomb," occurred near a police checkpoint in the October 6 suburb, the official said. Earlier this month, a police brigadier general was killed when two bombs exploded in quich succession at a security post in central Cairo. Ajnad Misr, a shadowy Islamist militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

US slams Sudan's 'troubling pattern' against aid workers

The United States Thursday criticized Sudan's expulsion of a top UN official, saying it was part of a "troubling pattern" against foreign aid workers. Pamela DeLargy, an American who headed the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) office in Sudan, "was asked to leave," Khartoum's foreign ministry spokesman Abubakr al-Siddiq told AFP. She was expelled "because she was not abiding by the country's laws, and also because she was interfering in the country's domestic affairs in a manner that is inconsistent with her status as a UN official."

Bomb wounds Egyptian policeman in Cairo suburb

An Egyptian traffic policeman was wounded by a bomb in a Cairo suburb on Thursday, the interior ministry said. The blast was caused by a "primitive bomb" placed under the car of the officer, a captain, who was wounded in the leg, the ministry added. Earlier this month, a police brigadier general was killed when two bombs exploded in quick succession at a security post in central Cairo. Ajnad Misr, a shadowy Islamist militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kenyan bullet in brain toddler leaves hospital

A Kenyan toddler shot in the head by gunmen in a recent attack on a church was discharged from hospital Thursday, with doctors saying he could lead a normal life after a bullet was removed from his brain. The fate of one-and-a-half-year-old Satrin Osinya, whose mother died trying to protect him when the attackers sprayed the church service with bullets last month, has gripped the east African nation. Doctors have said the bullet that was lodged in his head may have been the one that killed his mother.

At least 13 killed in Central African Republic as rebels, militia clash

BANGUI (Reuters) - At least 13 people were killed when Christian militia forces attacked a town held by Muslim Seleka rebels in a rural area of Central African Republic, residents said on Thursday. The clashes in Dekoa took place on Tuesday two days before an expected U.N. Security Council vote to create a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force which will take over from African troops from mid-September.
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