report by — AFP
Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked on Saturday by a man who kicked him in the back at a sports event in South Africa that the action hero was hosting.
The bodybuilder and former politician was chatting with fans at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg when a man took a flying leap and kicked him high in the back.
“Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about,” Schwarzenegger, 71, said on Twitter.
“I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”
Schwarzenegger was in Johannesburg for the annual Arnold Classic Africa, an international multi-sports festival.
“He was sadly and unexpectedly attacked by a crazed fan as he was doing a walk-through to support athletes,” the organisers said, adding the attacker — who was immediately apprehended — was known to police for similar incidents in the past.
Schwarzenegger told organisers he would not press charges.
Unidentified gunmen set ablaze NDLEA office in southeast Nigeria
UMUAHIA — An office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was set ablaze on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in Amaekpu Ohafia Abia State, in south-eastern Nigeria.
The incident occurred amid several reports of attacks on police facilities and government forces in the country.
No casualties were recorded in the attack suspected of being carried out by armed hoodlums, authorities said.
Meanwhile, residents told Gazette Africa that the attack lasted for about 30 minutes, forcing the officers to flee to safety.
Fulani herders kidnap students in southern Nigeria
An unknown number of students from Abia State University were kidnapped on Wednesday by gunmen suspected of being Fulani herders.
They were kidnapped along Okigwe-Uturu Road, on the border between Abia and Imo State, in the east of the country.
“Fulani herdsmen who wore military uniforms moved the students to Lokpa. No one knows if they are still alive or not,” a commercial driver told Gazette Africa.
Abia State Information Commissioner John Kalu, who confirmed the incident, said “the students were moving in a minivan from Okigwe to Uturu between 7 pm and 8 pm when they ran into the armed gang who marched them into the nearby forest along with other yet-to-be-identified travellers.
“Two of the students managed to escape from the hoodlums while others are still being held at a yet-to-be-identified location.”
Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu, rights activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) condemned the kidnapping, calling it provocative and cowardly.
The head of IPOB ordered the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a regional non-state security force, to hunt the Fulani herders and rescue the kidnapped students.
Jihadists kill 31 soldiers in Northeast Nigeria
At least 31 Nigerian soldiers were killed when IS-aligned jihadists ambushed a military convoy escorting weapons and overran a base in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, military sources told AFP Monday.
Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), arriving in around 20 vehicles, attacked the convoy on Sunday in the town of Mainok outside the regional capital Maiduguri, killing troops and seizing weapons before storming a nearby base, the two sources said.
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