Tag: Africa

Former Nigerian military ruler to run for president

Babangida, 68, seized power in the OPEC member state in August 1985 and went on to rule Africa’s most populous nation for nearly eight years. He was forced to step down in 1993 after he canceled an election that was…

Violence leaves 19 dead in Mogadishu

More than 19 people have been reportedly killed and over 55 wounded in violence in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday, rescue services and the police said.

Algeria politics: Where’s Boutef?

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Abdelaziz Bouteflika on April 9th marked the first anniversary of his landslide election victory for a third term. There was not much cause for celebration. The president has been out of the public eye for…

Nigeria/Terrorism: JTF warned about a planned attack on Shell facilities

Timothy Antigha, the military spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the oil rich Niger Delta region on Sunday issued a statement where he disclosed information about possible attack on oil facilities of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the region.…

Al-Qaeda members land in Mogadishu

A senior Somali official stated on Wednesday that a group of 12 Al-Qaeda members in the last two weeks had crossed from Yemen into Somalia in order to render rebels fighting the Western-backed government money and military expertise.

Sudan politics: Trade-off?

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT The decision of the ruling party of Southern Sudan to pull its candidate out of the national presidential election, while continuing to campaign for seats in the National Assembly, seems to have been taken with…

Al-Shabaab attack Kenyan forces near border

A band of Somali Al-Shabaab fighters attacked a Kenyan paramilitary security unit camp in Liboi, near theKenya–Somalia border. An unspecified number of officers were wounded in the attack.

INTEL BRIEFS

SOMALIA’S HIZB AL-ISLAM PLEDGES TO RETAKE TERRITORY LOST TO AL-SHABAAB RIVALS Senior Hizb al-Islam commander Shaykh Ahmad Madobe has declared that Hizb al-Islam is preparing plans to expel rival Islamist militia al-Shabaab from territories in the Juba region of south…

Sudan: First election in almost 10 years

Angus Ried Global Monitor Election Date: April 5, 2010 At stake: President, National Assembly Background The largest country in Africa and the Arab world, Sudan is one of the poorest nations in the globe. This despite the fact that its…