Islamic extremist group Boko Haram reportedly killed 16 people, including children, in an attack last week in a Nigerian village, continuing their long history of massacres on Christmas Day.
Nigerian national newspaper THISDAY reported that terrorists raided the Kimba village in the Biu local government area, located in southern Borno State, which the rebels still control.
The militants invaded the village Friday evening, setting houses and shops on fire, and kidnapping six other people. more >>
The United Nations Children's Fund has said that as many as 1 million children have been forced out of school due to the Boko Haram terrorist group.
"Across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, over 2,000 schools remain closed due to the conflict — some of them for more than a year — and hundreds have been attacked, looted or set on fire," UNICEF reported on Tuesday. "In far north Cameroon, only one out of the 135 schools closed in 2014 has re-opened this year."
The militant group has been waging a war in Nigeria for almost six years now, carrying out mass suicide bombings, shooting attacks, and raids on entire towns and villages, killing over 20,000 people. The Islamic extremists have focused heavily on Christians, trying to drive them out of the country, but have been attacking moderate Muslims and all who stand in their way. more >>
Burundi's security forces systematically killed dozens of people, including children and most of them extrajudicially, in so-called political opposition neighborhoods in the capital city of Bujumbura this month, Amnesty International says in a briefing, calling for "urgent and impartial investigation."
"In the single most deadly day since the current political unrest began, the streets of Bujumbura were left littered with bodies, many shot with a single bullet to the head. At least one body was found tied up," says Muthoni Wanyeki, the group's regional director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, in the briefing.
The Bishop of Garissa in Kenya has said that the group of Muslims who recently risked their lives to save fellow Christian bus passengers have shown terrorists that they do not have their support.
"It is a very good thing; a concrete sign that Kenyan Muslims are against violence," His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Alexander said, according to Fides News Agency.
"The Shabaab now know that they do not have the support of the Muslim community," Alexander added. "We hope that we continue in this direction, because a year ago there was a similar attack that caused a massacre." more >>
The Al Shabab militant group attacked a bus in Mandera, Kenya on Monday and targeted the Christian passengers, but the Muslims in the vehicle protected their co-passengers and helped save many of them.
On Monday, 10 Al Shabab militants invaded the said bus and ordered the Muslims and Christians to divide themselves according to religion. Even though the attackers threatened to shoot them, the Muslim passengers protected the Christians in the bus, according to The Blaze.
"We even gave some non-Muslims our religious attire to wear in the bus so that they would not be identified easily," Muslim passenger Abdi Mohamud told Reuters in an interview. "The militants threatened to shoot us, but we still refused and protected our brothers and sisters." more >>
A fake bomb discovered aboard Air France flight 463 on Sunday prompted an emergency landing on Mombasa, Kenya while the plane was en route to Paris.
On early Sunday, Air France flight 463 was flying from Mauritius to Paris when the pilots requested an emergency landing in Mobasa after a suspected bomb was discovered inside a lavatory. Hours after the Boeing 777 landed in the Kenyan coastal city, the Air France CEO announced that the device found was just a fake bomb, according to CBS News.
Kenyan authorities said they screened all the 473 individuals aboard flight 463 at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa before they were taken to hotels. They also searched the aircraft for clues and other similarly suspicious objects, USA Today reports. more >>