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The military patrol was ambushed on Tuesday near the village of Tongo Tongo.

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Missing Niger soldiers: 11 found dead after gunmen killed 17

The bodies of 11 missing Niger soldiers have been discovered after an ambush by armed men killed 17 of their colleagues on patrol near the Mali border, security sources said.

“We have confirmation that the dead bodies of the eleven missing soldiers have been found, bringing the death toll to 28,” a source said late Wednesday.

The military patrol was ambushed on Tuesday near the village of Tongo Tongo in the western Tillaberi region, sources said.

One of the military vehicles had set off an explosive device.

A source referred to what happened as a “terrorist attack”.

Several troops were also injured and evacuated to the capital Niamey, a different source told reporters.

According to the news site, Actuniger, a patrol of 52 Niger soldiers happened upon a group of heavily armed men at Baley Beri, near Tongo Tongo. Heavy fighting ensued, lasting more than two hours.

Twenty-two soldiers made it back to their base at Ouallam in three vehicles, while the rest were unaccounted for, it said, citing local and security sources.

This is the same region where four American and five Niger soldiers were killed in a jihadist attack in October 2017. 

Niger is one of a number of countries in the Sahel region that have been hit by a jihadist revolt.

Different jihadist groups operate in the country’s west and north, and Boko Haram from Nigeria in its southeast.

The country is part of the G5 Sahel group set up to manage a coordinated response to the jihadist insurgency.

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Body recovered after vehicle plunges into Indian Ocean

Police and family members have identified the sole occupant of the vehicle as John Mutinda, 46

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The body of a man and his vehicle have been recovered from the Likoni channel, Kenya, following an accident where his car plunged into the ocean at 4:20 am local time on Saturday morning. Police and family members have identified the sole occupant of the vehicle as John Mutinda, 46.

According to a statement issued Bakari Gowa, the Managing Director of the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS), the driver attempted to avoid the toll station and drove into the loading area from the wrong side of the road. Attempts to were made by ferry staff to stop him but he proceeded to drive at top speed off the ramp and into the ocean.

Multi-agency rescue efforts by the Kenya Coast Guard, the Kenya Ferry Services, the Kenya Navy and the Police were launched immediately. The body of the deceased was subsequently recovered at 9:30 am on Saturday morning and transported to the Coast General Hospital Mortuary by police. Retrieval efforts continued thereafter, resulting in the retrieval of the vehicle from the channel at 12:00 pm.

The accident comes barely three months after a woman and child tragically drowned in a separate accident when their vehicle reversed while on a ferry and sank into the channel mid-transit.

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Tropical cyclone Pawan makes landfall in Nugaal, Somalia

The storm hit the coastal city of Eyl in the Nugaal region, bringing with it heavy rainfall and turbulent winds.

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Tropical cyclone Pawan has made landfall on Saturday morning, affecting the northeastern part of Somalia as predicted earlier in the week.

The storm hit the coastal city of Eyl in the Nugaal region, bringing with it heavy rainfall and turbulent winds. The town has borne the brunt of the storm, with locals reporting of fishermen’s boats capsizing off the coast and a cell tower belonging to Golis Telecom falling and causing damage to adjacent buildings.

A forecast issued by the Somali Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM) on Tuesday warned of heavy rainfall and strong winds over the north and central parts of the Horn of Africa country over the course of the next few days.

Elsewhere in Puntland state, the regional government delayed all flights leaving Garowe airport as a result of heavy rains and floods, by-products of the cyclone. There have also been local reports of 2 vehicles being swept away near Bossasso.

The storm is expected to decline in intensity as it moves inland.

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Egerton University shuts down following student protests

Main campus in Njoro, as well as the Nakuru town campus, were subsequently closed indefinitely

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Egerton University Shuts down Following Student Protests
Egerton University Library. Photo: Egerton University Website

The students of the Njoro main campus of Egerton University, an institution based in Nakuru County, Kenya, went on a rampage on Wednesday morning in protest of a decision by the administration to bar any students with fees arrears from sitting for the exams scheduled to commence on Thursday.

According to student leaders, over 5000 students were at risk of getting their studies deferred to the next academic year starting September 2020 for failure to pay the requisite fees before the set deadline.

The statement announcing indefinite shutdown signed by Egerton University’s acting registrar.

The protesting students engaged riot police in running battles who lobbed teargas in an attempt to disperse the crowd who are alleged to have destroyed campus property. The students accused the police of firing live rounds: Several students collected shell casings on the campus grounds, alleged to have been fired by the police sent to quell the protests.

The main campus in Njoro, as well as the Nakuru town campus, were subsequently closed indefinitely and students ordered to vacate the premises by 2:30 pm on Wednesday.

These protests and campus closure follow that of other public universities (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Maseno University and Kenyatta University) over similar issues in the last few months.

The university administration did not respond to requests for comment at the time of going to print.

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