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Djibouti Says Seven Soldiers Killed in Rebel Attack
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Djibouti Says Seven Soldiers Killed in Rebel Attack

Djibouti said seven of its soldiers were killed in an attack by a rebel group on a military barracks in the early hours of Friday, and launched a search to find six still missing. A defense ministry statement blamed the assault on the base in Garabtisan in the north of the tiny Horn of Africa nation on the “Armed FRUD” (Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy), describing it as a “terrorist group.” It was a rare attack in Djibouti, a largely stable and strategically important country in the Horn of Africa. “Despite the fact that our soldiers defended themselves valiantly, this attack caused the death of seven of our soldiers, wounded four and left six missing,” it said in a statement on Friday. “This gang is well known for its odious and criminal acts of terrorising and pill...
UN warns of danger and increase in deaths in missions in Africa
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UN warns of danger and increase in deaths in missions in Africa

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, warned today of the danger of peace missions in Africa and regretted that the number of deaths from malicious acts has doubled in recent years. In a briefing before the Security Council of the United Nations (UN), Lacroix indicated that attacks against peacekeeping forces using explosive artillery and improvised explosive devices persist in 2022 and are at levels as high as those recorded last year. "Despite enormous efforts, the annual decrease in the number of our lost peacekeepers has been reversed. In 2021, the number of deaths from malicious acts has doubled compared to 2020, from 13 to 25. Unfortunately, this trend continues, with 21 deaths for malicious acts until August 26, 2022", detailed the Unde...
Germany resumes military activities at the United Nations mission in Mali
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Germany resumes military activities at the United Nations mission in Mali

German soldiers deployed to the United Nations mission in Mali (MINUSMA) today resumed their activities, suspended for almost a month due to disagreements with the military junta that has ruled the African country since August 2020. German troops who have joined the MINUSMA contingent in Mali are helping to ensure security at the airport in Gao city, where the main maintenance camp for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission is located, according to a spokesman. voice of the German operations command at Schwielowsee, near Potsdam, speaking to the German news agency DPA. Germany announced the suspension of its participation in MINUSMA on August 12, denouncing a new refusal to fly over the country by the authorities of the ruling military junta in Mali. "The...
At least 19 killed in Somalia in attack by al-Shabaab insurgents
TERRORISM & INSURGENCE

At least 19 killed in Somalia in attack by al-Shabaab insurgents

Fighters from the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab have killed at least 19 civilians in a night-time attack in central Somalia, clan chiefs and local officials said on Saturday. The attack comes two weeks after al-Shabaab, which has waged a long insurgency against the Somali state, besieged a hotel in the capital Mogadishu for 30 hours, leaving 21 people dead and 117 injured. The sources said the group intercepted at least eight vehicles travelling between the towns of Beledweyne and Maxaa overnight from Friday to Saturday, setting fire to the vehicles and killing the passengers near Afar Irdood village. “The terrorists massacred innocent civilians who were travelling … last night. We don’t have the exact number of victims, but 19 dead bodies have been collected,” local clan elder ...