Somalia: KDF Kills 7 Al-Shabaab Fighters in Somalia

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By Joel Muinde Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) say they have killed 7 Al-Shabaab militants and wounded an unknown number in an operation in southern Somalia. The military seized 9 AK-47 rifles, 10 magazines, two rocket propelled grenade launchers and three grenades from the militants. “Today at around 11am, KDF soldiers operating under AMISOM engaged Al-Shabaab militants at a location along …

Pakistan Maritime Security Agency apprehends 15 Gujarat fishermen for straying close to its waters

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Ahmedabad: At least 15 fishermen from Gujarat were apprehended early on Wednesday by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) near the international maritime boundary on the Arabian Sea, the second such incident in the last five days, officials said. Representational image. Reuters The PMSA also seized three fishing boats during the operation, said officials of the Porbandar-based National Fishworkers’ Forum …

Yemen cholera epidemic strain ‘came from eastern Africa’

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Scientists have found the most likely source of Yemen’s cholera epidemic, which is the worst in recorded history. Using genomic sequencing, researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Institut Pasteur concluded the strain of cholera originated in eastern Africa and was carried to Yemen by migrants. They hope the data will help estimate the risk of future outbreaks and be used …

FG Deploys NNS Thunder to Combat Piracy, Sea Crimes

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Eromosele Abiodun One of the nation’s foremost warships, the NNS Thunder, has arrived Onne seaport in Rivers and set to begin a patrol of Nigerian waters, after being grounded since 2016 due to failure of its critical components and machinery. The warship, equipped with modern navigational technology and arsenal, according to the Commanding Officer, NNS Thunder, Capt. Shuaib Ahmed, it …

Houthi Forces Hand Over Port of Hodeidah

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2018-12-30 17:25:19 In a ceremony held Saturday, Houthi rebel forces formally handed control of the strategic Port of Hodeidah over to units of the government of Yemen. Local divisions of the pre-war Yemeni coast guard will take over the port’s administration, under supervision from the United Nations. However, the Saudi coalition backing the Yemeni government contested the legitimacy of the …

Report: Kenya Risks Losing Port of Mombasa to China

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BY MAREX 2018-12-20 16:08:19 Kenya runs the risk of losing control of the Port of Mombasa if it should default on loans from state financial institution China Exim Bank, according to a new report from Kenya’s auditor general. The terms of a $2.3 billion loan for Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) specify that the port’s assets are collateral, and they are …

SAPS arrests Nigerian ‘pirate’ allegedly linked to Dutch hostage drama

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Johannesburg – The suspected leader of a Nigerian pirate crew, believed to be the mastermind of a month-long Dutch hostage drama, has been apprehended in South Africa. Itoruboemi Benson Lobia fled from his home country in November and is wanted in the Netherlands following his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of 11 crew members of a Dutch cargo ship. According …