August 23, 2019

Boko Haram massacre 63 people in Nigeria

At least 63 people have been killed in bomb and gun attacks carried out by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Damaturu, the Red Cross says. Witnesses said the bombs hit several targets, including churches and the headquarters of the Yobe state … [Read more...]

Gaddafi and son buried in the Libyan desert

The bodies of ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Mutassim and former Defence Minister Abu Bakr Younis Jabr have been buried in secret in the desert, Libyan officials say. A National Transitional Council (NTC) official said the bodies were buried at dawn in an unknown location. The … [Read more...]

Human rights group says Gaddafi loyalists executed

The bodies of 53 Gaddafi loyalists have been found at a hotel in the Libyan city of Sirte after apparently being executed, a human rights group says. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the victims - some of whom had their hands bound - died about a week ago. It is the latest accusation of … [Read more...]

Colonel Gaddafi killed in Sirte fighting

Libya's former leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after his convoy tried to fight its way out of his birth city of Sirte. The circumstances of his death are not yet clear. Fighters loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC) said they found him hiding in a hole, and shot him … [Read more...]

French woman hostage in Somalia dies

Marie Dedieu, a French woman kidnapped from Kenya by Somali gunmen earlier this month has died, according to French officials. Diplomats said they were told of Marie Dedieu's death by contacts through whom they had been negotiating her release. The exact date and circumstances of her death are … [Read more...]

Gaddafi calls for mass protests against NTC

Libya's deposed leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has called on Libyans to come on to the streets "in their millions" to resist the nation's interim leaders. In an audio message broadcast on Syrian-based Arrai television, he says conditions in Libya have become "unbearable". The message comes as … [Read more...]

Massive suicide truck bomb kills 70 in Somalia

At least 70 people have been killed by a huge suicide blast near a government compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Eyewitnesses said a truck carrying explosives was driven up to a checkpoint at the entrance to a government ministry and detonated. A spokesman for the Islamist militant … [Read more...]

Libyan government launches fresh offensive against Sirte

Libyan transitional government forces have launched a new offensive against the pro-Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte after a two day lull in the fighting to allow civilians to flee. Rocket barrages and tank fire has been directed at the city centre. Government forces have the town surrounded and have … [Read more...]

Man loses his legs in shark attack in South Africa

A British citizen living in South Africa has been mauled by a great white shark of Fish Hoek Beach near Cape Town. The 42-year-old entered the water despite the beach being closed following a shark sighting about 90 minutes earlier. Rescuers later found the man on the shore with his right leg … [Read more...]

Libyan government forces enter Sirte

The three day assault by Libyan government fighters on one of Muammar Gaddafi's last strongholds - the city of Sirte - has breached the defences and its capture is only hours away. Soldiers traded rocket fire with Gaddafi loyalists as they edged from the eastern suburbs into the city. Two … [Read more...]

Libyan Government soldiers cut off Niger escape route

Forces loyal to Libya's new government have taken control of the strategic city of Sabha, which controls the main road south to Niger. Government fighters have been firing into the air to celebrate its capture, which means anti-Gaddafi forces now control southern Libya and Colonel Gaddafi has … [Read more...]

Military convoy of pro-Gaddafi forces crosses into Niger

An armed convoy of soldiers has crossed from Libya into Niger and arrived in Agadez late on Monday, military sources from France and Niger told Reuters news agency. The convoy of 200 to 250 vehicles is believed to be carrying mainly Tuareg fighters recruited by fugitive Libyan leader Col Muammar … [Read more...]

Gaddafi vows to fight on in Libya

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to carry on fighting his enemies in an audio recording broadcast on a loyalist TV station based in Damascus, Syria of all places. "The Libyan people cannot kneel, cannot surrender, we are not women," he said in the message on the al-Rai … [Read more...]

Gaddafi’s family flees to Algeria

It is official,the Gaddafi family reunion is in Algeria this year. Members of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's family are reported to have arrived in Algeria much to the annoyance of the National Transitional Council who have never felt the love for their revolution from the Algerian government. A … [Read more...]

Shark kills surfer in South Africa

A 49-year-old man has died following a shark attack while surfing at South Africa's southern Plettenberg Bay. Tim van Heerden was surfing near the mouth of the Keurbooms River when he was attacked. The shark pulled him off his surf board. He was eventually pulled out of the water by fellow … [Read more...]