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Three dead in suicide attack in Cameroon border town

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Three people were killed and four others wounded on Wednesday in a suicide attack in Cameroon’s restive Far North, a local official said.

“Just before 10:00 am, a suicide bomber who crossed from Nigeria entered Kolofata and blew himself up,” a source from the town’s vigilante committee said.

“The blast killed three people — a police officer and two civilians,” he said.

The bomber also died in the explosion which left another four people injured.

The toll was confirmed  by a source close to the security services.

The local official said the bomber crossed into Cameroon through Kerawa, a town which lies on the border with Nigeria.

Kolofata, which lies 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border with Nigeria, is located in a region of the same name which has been regularly targeted by Boko Haram extremists.

In September 2015, between 20 and 40 people lost their lives in a double bombing in Kerawa — one of the deadliest attacks on Cameroonian territory.

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Ghana: video of police assault on nursing mother goes viral

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Ghana’s social media space – Facebook and Twitter – has been buzzing with a call for the arrest of a police officer for assaulting a nursing mother.

A viral video shows the said officer in what starts like a tussle with the woman in a banking hall. Subsequently, he is seen hitting the woman with an umbrella, punching and slapping her on the face.

Reports indicated that the woman, a client of the savings and loans company, where the incident occured had arrived when the company had closed.

She ostensibly got in despite the close of business and refused to leave till she could withdraw a sum of 250 cedis ($50). Social media users are calling for the immediate arrest of the police officer. 

Local media portals also report that the police heirachy has confirmed that a probe had been opened into the alleged incident and that due process was going to be pursued.

The video continues to be widely shared on Facebook with some prominent media personalities joining the calls for justice for the woman.

 

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Trump extends Somali immigrants’ stay in US

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Somalis living in the United States under protected status have been given permission by the Trump administration to remain in the country for at least another 18 months, because of ongoing violence in the North African nation.

At least 500 Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a Thursday statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

 

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