Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Violence targets immigrants in South Africa

South Africa | Angry residents burn the homes and businesses of foreigners
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/22/17, 10:45 am

Multiple attacks on the homes and businesses of immigrants in South Africa have raised fears of widespread violence. The government has warned that inflammatory comments on social media directed at immigrants could escalate into bloodshed.

“There is no place in our constitutional democracy for citizens or foreign nationals to take the law into their own hands and incite violence,” security spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said. “Communities and individuals who feel threatened should follow lawful channels to express their concerns.”

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Somalia offers reward for information on terror plots

Terrorism | Bounty announcement follows a Sunday explosion that killed more than 30 people
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/21/17, 10:24 am

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo promised a $100,000 reward to anyone who can help foil potential terror attacks after more than 30 people died Sunday in a marketplace explosion. 

The bombing is the first major attack in the country since Farmajo’s administration took office earlier this month.

The car bomb went off in the busy Kawo Goday market in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, on Sunday afternoon. The blast killed dozens of people and left many others with burns and shrapnel wounds.

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ISIS threatens more attacks against Egypt’s Christians

Terrorism | New video includes a statement from the attacker who bombed a Coptic church in December
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/20/17, 11:19 am

Egypt’s Islamic State affiliate on Sunday published a video that threatened more attacks on the country’s Christians and included a statement from the man who killed nearly 30 people in a December church bombing.

In the 20-minute video, the Islamic extremist group encourages its militants to continue to attack Coptic Christians. The narrator describes Egyptian Christians as Islamic State’s “favorite prey.”

The video includes footage of Egypt’s Coptic pope and several other Christians, labeling them infidels who empower the West against Muslim nations.

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