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Self Determination: Court frees 24 Maasai in Tanzania as prosecutors drop murder charge

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In Tanzania, the court has freed 24 Maasai who were arrested over the death of a policeman during a protest against a government-protected area project in September.

According to the Maasai lawyer, the court ruled on Tuesday the accused be discharged after prosecutors dropped murder charges against them.

According to one of their lawyers, the 24 defendants “were released,” on Tuesday. The lawyer added that “the prosecutor’s office said (it) had no intention of pursuing the case.”

“There was no tangible evidence to justify their prosecution,” he said.

The Loliondo Maasai have accused the Tanzanian government of trying to evict them from part of their historic habitat area in northern Tanzania to make it a private safari and hunting area, a claim the government denies.

In June, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues expressed its profound concern over ongoing efforts to evict over 70,000 Maasai people of Loliondo division of the Ngorongoro district of Tanzania from the 1,500 square kilometers, which are legally registered village lands.

The Maasai community in September filed a complaint against the Tanzanian government, challenging its decision to “tag” land to protect wildlife.

The East African country, Tanzania, is said to be the only African country whose tribes represent all four of the continent’s major ethnolinguistic groups namely Bantu, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Khoisan.

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Somali forces storm hotel held hostage by al-Shabaab militants, free 60

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Somali federal forces have stormed the Villa Rose Hotel in capital Mogadishu, where al-Shabaab militants had held hostage since Sunday, killing eight civilians and trapping dozens in the building, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.

The police spokesperson, Sadik Dodishe, said 60 hostages were rescued while all six extremists who held the people hostage were killed during the operation, with one member of the security forces killed in an exchange of fire.

“About 60 people who had been trapped in the hotel were freed and none of them were injured,” Dodishe said in the statement.

“Five of the attackers were killed by security forces, and one blew himself up,” the police spokesman added.

The al-Qaeda sponsored Islamist extremist group had on Sunday, claimed responsibility for the attack in a broadcast on its own radio frequency.

The broadcast said that its :fighters attacked the hotel which has a restaurant popular with government and security officials.”

The Villa Rose Hotel is not far from the presidential palace, Villa Somalia, in one of the most protected parts of central Mogadishu, and has a tradition of hosting top government officials.

The attack had forced the Somali parliament to postpone its session which was scheduled for Monday as there were fears the attacks were targeted at the parliamentarians.

Last month, not less than 500 people were killed in two car bombings that targeted the Somali ministry of education complex in Mogadishu, which also houses many government offices.

The al-Shabaab terrorists had also claimed responsibility for the attack as it continues its battle against the federal government in its quest to overthrow the government and enforce a strict version of the Sharia law.

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Nigerian stowaways rescued in Spain’s Canary Islands after 11 days on ship’s rudder

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Three Nigerian stowaways who spent 11 days on a ship’s rudder were rescued by the Spanish coastguard and hospitalised on arrival at the Canary Islands, Spanish authorities said on Tuesday.

The ship, according to ship-tracking website Marine Traffic, had departed from Lagos, Nigeria, on November 17, and arrived the Island on Monday when the men were rescued.

The stowaways who were discovered on the Alithini II oil tanker at the Las Palmas port, “appeared to have symptoms of dehydration and hypothermia after spending about eleven days clinging to the rubber of the oil tanker, and were transferred to hospitals on the island for medical attention,” Spain’s Salvamento Marítimo said.

“Throughout the journey, the three migrants and refugees had been hanging onto the narrow metallic rudder, with their feet dangling just a few feet above the Atlantic Ocean,” the report said.

Spain’s coastguard also showed a picture of the three men perched on the rudder of the oil tanker, saying they were rescued after the tanker had docked.

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