Onize Ohikere

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

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Gunmen attack church in Burkina Faso

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/13/19, 11:10 am

Gunmen killed six people, including a priest, on Sunday during Mass at a Catholic Church in Burkina Faso, officials said. The attack in the northern town of Dablo is the second major attack against Christians in the country in recent weeks. At least 20 gunmen stormed the church at about 9 a.m. and opened fire as congregants tried to flee, Dablo Mayor Ousmane Zongo told Agence France-Presse. The attackers burned down the church, along with some shops and a cafe, and looted a local health center. “There is an atmosphere of panic in the town,” Zongo said.

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South African ruling party holds onto power

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/10/19, 11:18 am

The African National Congress (ANC) party had secured a victory in South Africa’s general elections by Friday, but its diminishing majority revealed growing dissatisfaction with the party that has ruled for 25 years. The ANC clinched 57 percent of the votes with 80 percent of the ballots counted. The opposition Democratic Alliance party came in second with 21 percent of the vote. It marks the first time the ruling party secured less than a 60 percent victory since the country’s first free vote in 1994.

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U.S. targets Islamic State in Somalia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/10/19, 10:37 am

A U.S. airstrike in northern Somalia killed at least 13 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday, the U.S. military said Thursday. The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said no civilians died during the strike, which targeted an extremists’ encampment in the Golis Mountains. Islamic State in December 2017 recognized the Abnaa ul-Calipha extremist group as its Somalia branch. The group remains active in the semi-autonomous Puntland region. Last month, AFRICOM said an airstrike killed Abdihakim Mohamed Ibrahim, a senior official of the group.

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