Onize Ohikere

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

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U.S. journalist killed in South Sudan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/28/17, 11:14 am

An American freelance journalist was killed during Saturday clashes between government troops and rebels in South Sudan, officials confirmed. Christopher Allen, 28, had embedded with the rebels on a two-week mission. A deputy spokesman for the opposition, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, said Allen and two other journalists had joined them in Kampala, Uganda. Gabriel said the rebel forces had launched a coordinated attack on several towns along the Ugandan border. Allen died in the crossfire near the town of Kaya.

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Pope Francis to visit Burma amid ethnic violence

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/28/17, 10:51 am

Pope Francis will visit Burma and Bangladesh in November, the Vatican and Catholic leaders in the Southeast Asian country announced Monday. The trip to Burma, also called Myanmar, would be the first by a pope to the predominantly Buddhist country. Pope John Paul II visited neighboring Bangladesh in 1986. The announcement comes amid heightened clashes between the Buddhist majority and the minority Muslim Rohingya ethnic group. More than 70 people died in battles last week.

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ISIS attacks Shiite mosque in Kabul

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/25/17, 10:51 am

Afghan police on Friday ended an hourslong attack when they killed two of four terrorists at a Shiite Muslim mosque in the capital city of Kabul. The gunmen stormed the mosque during Friday prayers and set off an explosion at the entrance before they pushed into the mosque and opened fire. Police officials said two of the attackers eventually blew themselves up and security forces shot and killed the last two attackers. Witnesses said a security official and the cleric leading the prayer both died, though the total number of casualties is still unclear.

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