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Tragic incidents in Lagos, Nairobi claim over 30 lives

Tragic incidents in Lagos and Nairobi have claimed over 30 lives, leaving hundreds injured in accidents that occurred between Wednesday and Thursday

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Tragic incidents in Lagos and Nairobi have claimed over 30 lives, leaving hundreds injured in accidents that occurred between Wednesday and Thursday.

On Thursday, a petrol tanker exploded following an accident, leading to the burning of several vehicles and the killing of some people.

The petrol tanker went up in flames in Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria.

Following the ghastly accident, the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) said over 20 vehicles were burnt in the accident.

“A tanker which had break failure loaded with PMS caught fire on the Otedola Bridge INW Berger. The number of vehicles affected is 20+, Traffic Situation is @ a stand still, all alternative routes advised ATM” the agency said on its Twitter handle.

However, other accounts put the number of vehicles burnt at 54 and the number of the dead at 9.

In Nairobi, at least 15 people were killed in a fire at a market in the Kenyan capital.

More than 70 people were reported injured in the Gikomba blaze, which broke out Wednesday night, destroying many properties. The market is well known for the sale of second-hand clothes, shoes and vegetables, and also hastimber yards

Gikomba is one of the largest open-air markets in the city and fires there are frequent, leading to speculation about possible arson attacks, The Standard newspaper said.

Hospital officials reported four children among the dead.

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Interim Malian PM accuses France of stabbing country in the back following withdrawal of troops

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Interim Mali’s Prime Minister, Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga, has accused its former colonial masters, France, of “stabbing” the West African country in the back following the withdrawal of the European country’s military in August.

Maïga who addressed the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) holding in New York on Saturday, criticised France for taking a “hasty” decision by withdrawing its troops from the country which is still battling to contain the incursions of jihadist militants and terrorists.

“The world will remember that, after being abandoned in mid-air on 10 June 2021 by France’s unilateral decision to withdraw the Barkhane force from Mali, my country was then stabbed in the back by the French authorities,” Maïga said.

“In view of the seriousness of the acts committed by the French, Mali, in its letter dated 15 August 2022, requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

“The purpose of this meeting is to allow Mali to present the evidence in its possession, demonstrating that the French army has repeatedly attacked my country.

“I would like to say that the Malian people have decided to take their destiny into their own hands. They fully support the government in rebuilding Mali and in returning to a peaceful and secure constitutional order in March 2024, following free, transparent and credible elections,” the Interim PM added.

France had withdrawn its troops from Mali following several accusations by the Malian government against members of its forces including extrajudicial killings, after its first military intervention in 2013, leading an effort to oust Islamic extremists from taking control of northern Malian towns.

The withdrawal of the French troops ended its nine years presence in the country in a bid to stabilise the country amid repeated attacks by insurgents.

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Terrorists strike in Northwest, Nigeria again, kill 15 in attack in mosque

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In Nigeria, there has been another terrorist attack as a gang of armed men killed at least 15 people at a mosque in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara State.

Residents of the Bukkuyum Local Government Area confirmed on Saturday that the attack took place during Friday prayers at the Jumu’at Central Mosque in Ruwan Jema town, three residents told journalists.

The attacks came weeks after dozens of worshippers attending Friday afternoon prayers were kidnapped at the Jumu’at Central Mosque in Zugu town, the same local government area.

One of the residents, Amimu Mustapha, said, “The armed bandits came on motorbikes while holding their guns and moved straight to the mosque and began to shoot sporadically at us.”

The police command in the state did not immediately respond to calls or text messages seeking to confirm the residents’ reports.

Zamfara has been a hot zone for terror attacks lately. Last month, the Nigerian military warned residents in the state and two other states to leave forested areas ahead of a bombing campaign targeting bandits and terrorists.

Although anti-terrorism is one of the major campaign promises of President Muhammadu Buhari, Terrorist activities have taken an upward trend in Nigeria since the deadly Boko Haram sect based in North-Eastern Nigeria, which is also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon was founded in 2002.

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