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Gunmen kill 40 in north-central Nigeria attack

Maiduguri, Nigeria Reuters At least 40 people were killed and many others wounded in an attack by gunmen on Zurak village in Nigeria’s north-central Plateau state, where clashes between herders and farmers are rife, the police and residents said on Tuesday. Plateau police spokesperson Alfred Alabo said armed men, often referred to locally as bandits, […]

Nigerian gunmen seek talks after abducting dozens, families say

Lagos, Nigeria Reuters Gunmen who abducted 105 people in north-west Nigeria last week are not after ransom payments but negotiations with the Zamfara state government, five families of the victims who were contacted by the armed men said on Monday. Armed gangs continue to terrorise northern Nigeria, abducting villagers, students and motorists for ransom. The […]

Kidnapped Nigerian university students rescued

Maiduguri, Nigeria Reuters Nigerian security forces have rescued students kidnapped from a university in northern Kogi state, along with other victims held by the abductors, the army and state government said on Sunday. Kogi information commissioner Kingsley Femi Fanwo said security forces were involved in a shootout with the armed gang that carried out Thursday’s […]

Gunmen kidnap more than 100 in attack on villages in north-west Nigeria

Maiduguri, Nigeria Reuters More than 100 people were kidnapped by gunmen during Friday night raids on three villages in north-west Nigeria, a district head and residents said on Saturday, the latest abduction of villagers in a region blighted by widespread insecurity. Kidnapping has become endemic in Nigeria’s north-west as roving gangs of armed men abduct […]

WHO warns of falsified cough syrup ingredients seized in Pakistan

Reuters The World Health Organization issued an alert on Monday warning drugmakers of five contaminated batches of propylene glycol, an ingredient used in medicinal syrups, that appear to have been falsely labelled as manufactured by Dow Chemical units in Asia and Europe. The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) issued three alerts between January and […]

Nearly 55 million people face hunger in West and Central Africa

Dakar. Senegal Reuters Soaring prices have helped fuel a food crisis in West and Central Africa, where nearly 55 million people will struggle to feed themselves in the coming months, UN humanitarian agencies warned on Friday. The number facing hunger during the June-August lean season has quadrupled over the last five years, they said, noting […]

Nigerian village celebrates the return of kidnapped students

Kuriga, Nigeria Reuters The whole village of Kuriga ran towards the convoy of buses shouting “Our children are back!” and “Alhamdulillah,” meaning “Thank you, God”, to welcome home more than 100 students and staff who were abducted this month in Nigeria’s north-west. The army announced on Sunday it had rescued 137 hostages – 76 female […]