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From leisure to death, explosion kills colonel, captain, others in Congo military camp bar

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Congo’s government spokesman, Patrick Muyaya, on Thursday revealed an explosion has killed Lt-Colonel, a Captain, and four others in a bar at a Katindo military camp in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Other victims from the clash are the Lt-Colonel’s wife, the owner of the bistro, and her friend, as well as a 12-year-old teenager are among the dead.

The cause of the incident was not immediately clear. But the minister revealed that appropriate authorities have been deployed to investigate, said Muyaya on Twitter.

A thread of tweets from Congo’s Ministry of Communication (translated on google) reads.

“Explosion at the Katindo military camp. Here are the updates and details: The incident took place in a Bistro located about 100 meters from the regional military hospital in the commune of Karisimbi, Goma. This strong explosion caused enormous human and material damage”

“… There were not 8 deaths as officially announced previously, because the 2 given for dead are rather seriously injured.”

“This provisional report also mentions 15 wounded including 13 lightly interned in the same military hospital and 2 seriously wounded transferred to the general hospital of Ndosho.”

“Pending the expertise of the Scientific Police which is hard at work, it is difficult, at present, to specify the nature and origin of the explosion. The Military Governor of North Kivu calls on the population to calm down and not to fall into speculation.”

The Congolese army is battling multiple rebel groups in its restive east. There was no early indication that the explosion was caused by an attack.

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Somali forces, local vigilantes, recapture strategic town from Al-Shabaab terrorists

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The Somali National Army (SNA), alongside local vigilantes popularly called Mo’awisley, on Monday, recaptured the strategic city of Adan Yabaal from the al-Shabaab terrorist group, the military said in a bulletin on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the town located near the border between Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions that comprise Hirshabelle State, which is about 220 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu, is one of the five federal member states of the Federal Government of Somalia, and had been a strategic location held by the al-Qaeda-sponsored extremist group.

The SNA said in the bulletin that it met no resistance from the al-Shabaab fighters who left the town without posing resistance on getting information about the approach of the federal troops.

Al-Shabaab have lost most of the towns and settlements in Hirshabelle State, both Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions, after the SNA and Mo’awisley vigilantes waged offensive wars.

“Mo’awisley vigilantes, who are mainly composed of nomadic herders, took up arms and rebelled against the jihadists’ confiscation of their livestock and illegal tax collection known as zakawaat.

“Over the last couple of weeks, the government forces and the vigilantes have been gradually inching towards the town which they seized on Monday. The town had been under the full control of al-Shabaab for over a decade,” the bulletin said.

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Tanzania President, Samia Hassan, cancels country’s Independence Day celebrations: Here’s why

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Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has cancelled the country’s Independence Day celebrations which was scheduled for Friday, December 9, and has rather directed that the funds that would have been sunk into the celebration should be used to build dormitories for children with special needs.

The organisers of Tanzania’s 61st Independence Day celebrations had presented a budget of $445,000 to the government but the President vehemently opposed the budget and ordered that the money should be used to build dormitories in primary schools around the country.

However, Tanzania’s Minister of State, George Simbachawene, said the money had been disbursed, alluding that the East African country will celebrate Independence Day by having public dialogues on development marked with pomp and state banquets.

This is not the first time Tanzania has cancelled the celebrations.

In 2015, late President John Magufuli cancelled the celebrations and diverted funds towards the building of a road in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

In 2020, he also cancelled the celebrations and directed that the budget earmarked for it should be used to buy medical facilities.

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