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Central Nigeria officials accuse army of mass killing

An official in Nigeria's central Nasarawa state and a local leader on Friday accused the military of killing scores of people in a disarmament operation, but defence officials denied the charge. The alleged incident took place on Thursday in the Keana local government area, where troops were on patrol to enforce a peace deal agreed this week between rival ethnic groups. Iliyasu Ali Yakubu, spokesman for Nasarawa Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, told AFP that the troops "killed scores" of Fulani tribesmen, a mainly Muslim ethnic group primarily made up of cattle-herders.

Central Nigeria officials accuse army of mass killing

An official in Nigeria's central Nasarawa state and a local leader on Friday accused the military of killing scores of people in a disarmament operation, but defence officials denied the charge. The alleged incident took place on Thursday in the Keana local government area, where troops were on patrol to enforce a peace deal agreed this week between rival ethnic groups. Iliyasu Ali Yakubu, spokesman for Nasarawa Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, told AFP that the troops "killed scores" of Fulani tribesmen, a mainly Muslim ethnic group primarily made up of cattle-herders.

Ghost towns haunt South Africa's strike-hit platinum belt

By Zandi Shabalala and John Mkhize MARIKANA, South Africa (Reuters) - Shad Mohammed's electronics and household store in South Africa's platinum belt has survived a series of mining strikes over the 14 years it has been serving customers in the dusty town of Marikana. Yet with the latest stoppage now in its 10th week, he has sold just 10 phones instead of well over 100, and has had to branch out into deliveries to avoid giving up and going home to Pakistan, another statistic in a devastating industrial dispute.

UN says Chad troops' killing of 30 C.Africans unprovoked

Chadian soldiers killed at least 30 Central Africans and wounded at least 300 others in an unprovoked attack on a packed market in Bangui last weekend, a UN probe showed Friday. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN's human rights office, said that an investigation on site indicated that the troops had "opened fire on the population without any provocation" and had continued to shoot at the fleeing crowd in the Central African Republic's capital. jwf/pjt/hmn

Pregnant bride, fiance among eight dead in Lagos boat tragedy

A pregnant bride-to-be and her fiance were killed, along with another expectant mother, a small girl and four men, when a passenger boat sank in Lagos, Nigeria's emergency services said Thursday. Four other men were killed when the boat capsized after hitting a rock Wednesday evening, Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency told AFP. "Eight people lost their lives while we were able to rescue 12 others," he said. One of the two pregnant women who died was due to get married in 10 days' time. Her fiance also lost his life, said Farinloye.

Pregnant bride, fiance among eight dead in Lagos boat tragedy

A pregnant bride-to-be and her fiance were killed, along with another expectant mother, a small girl and four men, when a passenger boat sank in Lagos, Nigeria's emergency services said Thursday. The boat capsized after hitting a rock Wednesday evening, Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency told AFP. "Eight people lost their lives while we were able to rescue 12 others," he said. One of the two pregnant women who died was due to get married in 10 days' time. Her fiance also lost his life, said Farinloye.

Lagos boat accident kills eight

A passenger boat sank after hitting a rock in Lagos, killing eight people, the Nigerian emergency services said Thursday, in the latest such accident in three weeks. "The boat capsized after hitting a rock ... around 6:00 pm (1700 GMT) yesterday," Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency told AFP. "Eight people lost their lives while we were able to rescue 12 others," he said.

Egypt to pass new 'anti-terrorism' law: ministers

CAIRO (Reuters) - Senior Egyptian ministers said they would pass legislation on Thursday "connected to confronting terrorism", in a statement released hours after three explosions killed two people in Cairo. The statement from a high-level security committee including the prime minister and ministers of defense and interior, did not go into further details on the contents of the law. It said the bill would be presented to the cabinet for approval.

Police patrol Kenyan port after Muslim cleric's murder

Armed police patrolled the streets of Kenya's port city Mombasa on Wednesday following the assassination of a prominent radical Muslim cleric who was buried as a martyr. But Kenya's second city -- a key transport hub for East Africa and a popular tourist destination -- was reported calm, with the slain cleric's mosque having broadcast appeals for restraint among his supporters. Killings of other radical clerics in recent years have led to running battles between police and Muslim youths.

Qatar emir visits Sudan at time of Gulf tensions

Qatar's emir held talks in Sudan on Wednesday at a time of strained ties with his country's Gulf neighbours over its perceived support for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was greeted at Khartoum airport by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, for what an analyst called a meeting of two regionally-isolated regimes. The leaders held talks at a conference centre along the Blue Nile before Sheikh Tamim left Khartoum after a visit of around three hours.
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