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UPDATED: 8 dead, 41 injured, hundreds abducted as terrorists attack Abuja-Kaduna train

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An update from Kaduna Nigeria, the location of a terrorist attack on a train with bombs and IED explosives on Monday night says eight people have been confirmed dead in the attack, 41 injured and receiving treatment while the number of missing persons is still unknown.

Slamreportafrica.com reported on Monday that several passengers on board an Abuja-Kaduna train were feared killed after bandits attacked the train with bombs and IED explosives on Monday night.

According to Nigeria’s Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, who visited the site of the attack in the company of the Minister of Police Affairs; Mohammed Dingyadi, the Minister of State for Transportation Gbemisola Saraki, Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Fidet Okhiria, and others, 398 passengers were on board, although the Kaduna State Government said 362 were validated as having boarded through the recognized turnstile based on the manifest.

The Minister also revealed that 41 persons were receiving treatment. Amaechi also said: “We don’t have all the figures of missing persons, kidnapped and those injured at the moment but the numbers we have is that there are eight casualties.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has described the attack on the Kaduna-bound train as ‘callous’ and a matter of grave concern. The President was quoted by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu that “No one should be allowed to hold the country to ransom,”

The president condemned the attack and ordered Service Chiefs to ensure the quick rescue of those abducted and to also apprehend the perpetrators.

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Sudanese Janjaweed mercenaries fighting for Libyan warlord agree to withdraw, return home

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Seven Sudanese mercenaries who were members of the Janjaweed rebel forces fighting for Libyan warlord, Khalifa Haftar, have agreed to withdraw their services and leave Libya with immediate effect.

According to Libya Observer, the fighters made the decision early this month during a meeting held in Niger on June 11-12.

The meeting took place at the invitation of a French organisation which was attended by representatives from the United Nations (UN), the United States, the European Union, Norway, Turkey and Egypt.

The meeting had discussed practical ways to disarm the many rebel groups fighting in the North African country and how they might be reintegrated into the national army.

Libya Observer reports that about 30,000 mercenaries are fighting in the ranks of the Libyan eastern strong with the UN repeatedly asking foreign countries vying for influence in Libya to withdraw their mercenaries.

The meeting, which was the second of such to be held, had rebel groups and representatives from the governments of Sudan, Chad, Niger, and Libya were in attendance, and discussions were centred on modalities to withdraw all mercenaries from the countries.

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Egyptian court sentences 10 Muslim Brotherhood members to death on terrorism charges

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Ten members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court on Wednesday while 56 others bagged life sentences after they were convicted of supporting or carrying out attacks against security forces and sabotage of state infrastructure.

The defendants were also accused of committing premeditated murder and attempting to murder policemen and civilians, protesting, sabotaging, using of force, violence and threats with public officials to stop them carrying out their work.

The attacks were linked to incidents which took place in Cairo between 2013 and 2015, all traced to the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Following the unrest, which led to several deaths, Egypt mounted one of the biggest crackdowns in its modern history on the Muslim Brotherhood following the army’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

The court also referred the defendants to Egypt’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a possible appeal and an approval for a death sentence in January.

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