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ECOWAS will help Burkina Faso fight terrorism – President Akufo-Addo

President Akufu-Addo

Ghana’s President and Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of States and Government of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, has pledged the bloc’s commitment to help Burkina Faso win the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

He made the commitment when he paid a visit to the West African nation on Wednesday to commiserate with his counterpart, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, following the killing of some 160 people, last Sunday, by unknown militants.

President Akufo-Addo stressed that if citizens of West Africa were to live in conditions of peace, freedom, progress and prosperity, the scourge of terrorism must be defeated in the region.

He said the fight against terrorism must be a collective effort, and, as such, it was incumbent on ECOWAS to pull together and assist countries, such as Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali, that were at the frontline of the battle against terrorism and violent extremism, to win the fight.

The ECOWAS Chairperson stated that top on the agenda of the next ECOWAS Summit, scheduled to be held in Accra on Saturday, June 19, 2021, would be a firm resolution by Member States to implement a comprehensive plan of action to effectively combat the menace of terrorism.

He reiterated the determination of Ghana to strengthen the ties of friendship and co-operation with Burkina Faso, in areas such as infrastructural development, railways development, and agriculture, for the mutual benefit of their respective peoples.

President Kabore, on his part, thanked President Akufo-Addo, the Ghanaian people, and the people of the ECOWAS Community for the solidarity shown to the Burkinabe people during that country’s moments of challenge.

He noted that, with countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire, in recent times, bearing the brunt of terrorism and violent extremism, it was important that countries in West Africa rallied behind each other to defeat the menace.

The Burkinabe President who lent his support to President Akufo-Addo’s call for ECOWAS to take the lead in the fight against terrorism, was emphatic that the violent extremism could only be defeated if West African worked together.

President Akufo-Addo has since returned home.


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Senior al-Shabaab terrorist killed in central Somalia

Somalia National Army soldiers
Somalia National Army soldiers at Bulahawa town on May 11, 2016. 
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Somali National Army (SNA) said Saturday that its forces killed a senior al-Shabaab terrorist in Middle Shabelle, central part of the country.

The SNA said Nuh Dhagool, who was leading the operation to extort the local populace to fund the group’s activities in town, was killed Friday night.

“The terrorist was the head of extortion in the coastal area,” the military said in a brief statement.

The group, which fights to topple the internationally-backed government, uses portions of southern and central Somalia to plot and direct terror attacks, steal humanitarian aid, extort the local populace to finance its operations, and shelter radical terrorists.

The extremists have recently increased their attacks against African Union and Somali forces especially in Mogadishu, the national capital, targeting their bases, hotels and other public places.

Source: Nation Kenya

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Tigray forces say 1,000 Ethiopian soldiers freed from captivity

Wounded captive Ethiopian soldiers
Wounded captive Ethiopian soldiers arrive on a truck at the Mekelle Rehabilitation Center in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, on July 2, 2021. 

The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) has announced release of 1,000 Ethiopian government soldiers who had been in captivity for weeks.

TPLF has taken control of the regional capital of Mekelle, following weeks of fighting over its control.

In a video the group shared on Facebook, hundreds of soldiers of the Ethiopia National Defense Force (ENDF) were seen being transported in several trucks for exit via an undisclosed corridor.

It was not immediately clear if the prisoners of war were handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The TPLF has up to 10,000 army captives, most of them captured in recent military offensives operations launched to reoccupy Mekelle.

Source:Nation Kenya

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South Africa to increase army deployment to 25,000

Protests spread in South Africa after Zuma arrest

South Africa’s government is to increase its deployment of defence forces to 25,000, 10 times more than originally proposed, to curb widespread looting and violence in the provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The authorities also urged communities defending their businesses from looters to work within the law, warning against vigilantism.

Tens of thousands of businesses have been ransacked following the jailing last week of former President Jacob Zuma for contempt of court.

Some roads remain closed, buildings on fire and streets and shopping centres littered with debris.

Overnight 208 incidences of shopping mall looting and vandalism were reported.

However, officials say the cases of violence have decreased following the initial deployment of 2,500 soldiers on Monday.

Source: BBC

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