Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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Somali authorities confirm suicide bomber blew hole in plane

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/08/16, 01:27 pm

A suicide bomber set off the explosion that tore a hole in an airliner flying out of Somalia last week, according to local authorities investigating the case.

The blast blew a 3-foot hole in the fuselage of the Daallo Airlines passenger plane minutes after it took off from Somalia’s Mogadishu airport with more than 70 passengers on Feb. 2.

Though the investigation continues, Somalian Transport Minister Ali Jama Jangali confirmed a bomb caused the explosion.

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Islamic extremists release one missionary taken from Burkina Faso

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/08/16, 10:50 am

Islamic militants have freed the wife of an Australian missionary kidnapped from northern Burkina Faso, but they continue to hold her husband hostage.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) abducted medical missionary Ken Elliot and his wife, Jocelyn, on Jan. 15, the day of the Ouagadougou attack in Burkina Faso that left at least 29 dead.

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Aid groups warn new bill will hamper assistance in South Sudan

South Sudan
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/06/16, 09:00 am

Lawmakers in South Sudan have passed a new bill that could limit the efforts of aid workers in the war-torn country.

The country’s Parliament passed a highly regulative Non-Governmental Organizations bill on Feb. 2, but it needs the signature of South Sudan President Salva Kiir before it can become law.

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