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Two UN Peacekeepers Killed in Northern Mali Attack

Armed men have killed two UN peacekeepers in a region of northwestern Mali wracked by jihadist violence, the United Nations said Sunday. A logistical convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission travelling between the towns of Tessalit and Gao was attacked Saturday evening by “unidentified armed individuals” who killed two of the

18 Nigerien soldiers killed in attack on military base

Armed men on Monday launched a car bomb attack on a Nigerien army base in western Niger near the border with Mali, the defense ministry said on Tuesday. Gunmen stormed the Nigerien military outpost near the town of Inates, about 260 km (160 miles) north of Niamey, and killed at least 16

Germany extends Military Missions in Africa

Fergus Kelly  Germany’s lower house of parliament extended three military missions in Africa until 2020, but lawmakers criticized deployments of special forces in Niger and Cameroon. The Bundestag on Thursday, May 9 voted overwhelmingly to extend two military missions in Mali and one in Somalia until May 31, 2020, Deutsche Welle reported, approving

Mali: Ivory Coast to send 650 more troops to UN mission

Jude Johnson With Nigeria embroiled with internal security challenges--Buratai, Ivory Coast has stepped in to assist in quelling the crisis in the West African neighbouring country of Mali. To this end, Ivory Coast will more than quadruple its troop presence in the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in neighbouring Mali to 800.

Russia trains over 1,000 central African military personnel

Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera presided over a ceremony to mark the completion of training of the fourth group of Central African Armed Forces (FACa) personnel by Russian instructors on Monday, September 17. According to a report by the Network of Journalists for Human Rights in Central African Republic (RJDH), 154 FACa personnel

Demystifying the $1.4m corruption scandal at MOD

  By Idris Ahmed     Background    The contract was for the relocation and refurbishment of Level 2 Ministry Hospital under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) following a directive from the UN, as a result of coordinated attacks by the Tuareg Terrorists on the facility, the hospital’s proximity to the

Due process was followed on MINUSMA Army Hospital contract- MOD

•Supply pictorial evidence  Babatunde Opalana  The Ministry of Defence (MOD) Wednesday in Abuja stated that due process was followed in the award and execution of a contract involving relocation and refurbishment of the Nigerian Army Level II Military Hospital under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Reacting to an online social

Macron vows to step-up fight against Islamists in Africa

France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe late yesterday, Friday. Visiting Mali days after taking office, Macron vowed to keep French

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