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Somalia: Former minister among 5 people killed In a car bomb explosion

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A former Somali foreign minister was among five killed on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded in the capital Mogadishu, according to the country’s information minister.
Information Minister Mohamed Abdi Hayr told a press conference that former foreign minister Hussein Elabe Faahiye, who served under former premier Ali Mohamed Gedi in 2007, was among those killed.
A police officer who declined to be named told Xinhua that a car filled with explosives went off as police were checking vehicles in Mogadishu’s Bondhere District, causing deaths and injuries.

“The blast happened in a traffic area at a police checkpoint, so far we can confirm four people died in the explosion. We are establishing more details on the incident,” the officer said.

Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed the attack and said that it had targeted a convoy escorting officials and lawmakers heading to the presidential palace.

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BREAKING: OSPAC, soldiers kill 5 civilians in Rivers community

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Five civilians were killed when Nigerian army soldiers and members of the Onelga Security Planning Advisory Committee (OSPAC) raided their home in Okpulor Iriebe, Rivers State in southern Nigeria.

Locals said the incident happened in the early hours of Thursday, May 13, 2021, when people were still sleeping.

“They fired sporadically as they stormed the community looking for IPOB members. We saw the bodies in the house this morning,” a resident said, adding that the victims are two women and three men.

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Authorities have made no statement regarding the incident, but a traditional chief who confirmed the incident to Gazette Africa said soldiers accused the community of harboring secessionist IPOB members and backing the secessionist group.

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“They came around midnight like you said and killed them,” he said.

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Nigeria: Two police stations razed, officer killed in Akwa-Ibom

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UYO — Two police stations were set on fire by unidentified gunmen in Akwa-Ibom state, southern Nigeria.

The Ika Divisional Police Station was attacked and set of fire in the early hours of Wednesday, alongside the Etim Ekpo Police Station, where the attackers killed a policeman, Constable Edogi Bassey, said the State Public Relations Officer — SP Odiko Macdon.

It is the latest attack on police in the state just two weeks after three police officers were killed in separate attacks on police facilities.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack alongside other attacks targeting police formations and other government forces in the country.

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Unidentified gunmen set ablaze NDLEA office in southeast Nigeria

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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.

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