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Death toll from Somali bombings rises

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/12/18, 10:32 am

The death toll from four explosions outside a hotel in Mogadishu on Friday has risen to at least 53 people with more than 100 others injured, officials confirmed over the weekend. The first three bombs went off outside the Sahafi Hotel in the Somali capital. The fourth exploded as emergency responders attended to the injured. Capt. Mohamed Hussein confirmed the number but said it could continue to rise since many of the wounded suffered major injuries. Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Cameroon rebels release kidnapped children

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/07/18, 10:48 am

Armed separatists have released the 78 students kidnapped from a Presbyterian boarding school in Cameroon, a church official confirmed Wednesday. The Rev. Fonki Samuel Forba, who leads the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, said the kidnappers dropped off the students and a driver at one of their churches near Bamenda, the capital of the restive Northwest Region. The kidnappers are still holding the school’s principal and one teacher. “Let us keep praying,” Forba said.

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Cameroonians losing faith in seven-term president

International | Paul Biya’s electoral victory fuels separatist tensions among English speakers
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/30/18, 01:55 pm

Cameroonian President Paul Biya, Africa’s longest-serving leader, secured a seventh term in a landslide electoral victory earlier this month. But the vote took place amid accusations of fraud and an increasingly deadly separatist crisis in the bilingual nation.

Biya received 71 percent of the vote in the Oct. 7 election, while lead opposition candidate Maurice Kamto garnered just 14 percent, according to the Constitutional Council.

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