Onize Ohikere

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

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At least 78 children abducted in Cameroon

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/05/18, 11:34 am

Armed separatists in Cameroon’s restive Northwest Region kidnapped at least 78 students, their principal, and several teachers from a Presbyterian school in the village of Nkwen near Bamenda, the regional capital, regional Gov. Deben Tchoffo confirmed Monday. Cameroon’s Northwest is the center of clashes between security forces and English-speaking separatists who complain of marginalization and have declared the region an independent state named Ambazonia. The group gathered steam after the government violently cracked down on peaceful protests by English speakers in 2016.

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Utah mayor killed while serving in Afghanistan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/05/18, 10:47 am

A Utah mayor and Army National Guard major deployed to Afghanistan died after one of his Afghan trainees shot him, officials confirmed Sunday. Brent Taylor, 39, had taken a one-year leave of absence from his role as mayor of North Ogden, Utah, to serve in Afghanistan. He worked as a military intelligence officer training members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. Another unidentified U.S. soldier sustained injuries in the attack. The attacker was killed by Afghan forces, according to a NATO statement.

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Egyptian forces kill militants behind Coptic attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/05/18, 10:42 am

Security forces in Egypt killed 19 militants suspected of staging the Friday attack in which seven Coptic Christians died, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Sunday. The ministry said the forces tracked down the militants to a cell in the desert west of the central Minya province. Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, in which gunmen targeted a bus of Coptic pilgrims near the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Beni Suef province.

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