BURUNDI TO SHUT UN RIGHTS OF­FICE

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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.

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