BURUNDI TO SHUT UN RIGHTS OFFICE
The Burundi government has ordered the United Nations Human Rights Council to shut its o ice in the country within two months, foreign ministry and UN sources told AFP. The government on Wednesday sent a verbal note to resident UN co-ordinator Garry Conille to transmit the message to the rights council’s High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in Geneva. “All international sta must be immediately redeployed and the o ice has two months to pack up and close its doors,” according to the high ranking source at the foreign ministry, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A UN source con irmed the information, but also asked not to be named. “The Burundi government is growing more radical and de iant towards the international community,” the source said, highlighting Bujumbura’s boycott of an East African Community Summit in November. The gathering of regional heads of state in Tanzania, was meant to focus on the ongoing political crisis in Burundi, after several rounds of mediation failed due to government refusing to meet with exiled opposition groups.
Boko Haram jihadists have attacked two military bases in Nigeria’s restive northeast, killing one soldier and injuring two, security sources told AFP Wednesday, in a week that saw insurgent assaults on troops intensify. Riding in trucks itted with anti-aircraft guns, ighters from
Children mourn as the co in of 16-year-old Chris Solomon, who was shot dead and hacked to pieces by a rival clan as he returned home from school, arrives at his village of Pilikambi in the highlands province of Enga. Tribes in Papua New Guinea’s rough and rugged highlands have fought each other for centuries, but a recent in lux of automatic weapons risks turning minor beefs into all-out war.-
BOKO RAID KILLS NIGERIAN SOLDIER AS ATTACKS RISE
the self-styled Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction of Boko Haram launched a raid late Tuesday on troops in the town of Gudumbali, sparking a ierce ireight in which two soldiers were injured, a military o icer said. “It was a tough battle,” said the military o icer who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. “Troops
fought hard and repelled the terrorists, two soldiers were injured in the ight,” he said, adding the base was on “high alert” for a follow-up attack. On Monday, ISWAP ighters had attacked another base in the town of Malam Fatori near the border with Niger, which was repelled with air support, according to two military sources who said a soldier was killed and several injured in the attack. An ISWAP attack Saturday on soldiers in Buni Gari village, in Yobe state, left eight soldiers dead, the Nigerian army con irmed on Tuesday. Sources said air support and reinforcements from a military base in the nearby town of Buni Yadi helped push the militants out. The ISWAP faction has in recent months intensi ied attacks on military targets in Borno and neighbouring Yobe state, prompting questions about the military’s grip on security.
16 BODIES FOUND AFTER ATTACK IN INDONESIA
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