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Belgium warns President Nkurunziza over third term bid, threatens to cut aid

(By Bonny Apunyu)

A  statement from Belgium government’s foreign ministry on Thursday said Belgium will end all direct aid to Burundi should President Pierre Nkurunziza proceed with his run for a third term in power that has prompted violent protests.

Uganda: A third prominent Muslim leader shot dead in Eastern Uganda

(By Bonny Apunyu)

In what brings to three, the total number of Muslim leaders to be killed in just less than six months, Sheikh Abdulrashid Wafula, the Imam of Bilal Mosque in Mbale Town has been gunned down, Daily Monitor reported Friday.

According to reports, Sheikh Abdulrashid Wafula was shot on Thursday night at around 9pm as he traveled back home. According to family sources the Sheikh was shot five times in the chest. He was reportedly being rushed to hospital but he died along the way.

Ugandan military denies aircraft gunship shot down by rebels in South Sudan

(By Bonny Apunyu)

As the United States condemned resumed violence in South Sudan, the Ugandan military has reportedly denied claims that a second one of its aircraft gunships had been shot down in South Sudan by rebel groups.

According to The East African news, the spokesman for the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), Col Paddy Akunda, told the Nation on Thursday that the claim was “a white lie” adding that Ugandan soldiers are not in the Upper Nile region where the gunships were supposedly shot down.

Kenyan Security forces prevent possible Al Shabaab attack in Garissa County

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Following early intelligence that Al-Shabaab militants were targeting Yumbis village in Ijara, Garissa County, Kenyan Kenyan security forces on Thursday evening thwarted a  possible terrorist attack by Islamic militants, Kenya’s Interior Ministry said adding  that villagers alerted security forces that they had spotted armed militants in the area at around 6pm.

US air strikes in Syria killed 2 children-officials

(By Bonny Apunyu)

In what analysts claim marks the first time the American military has acknowledged causing civilian casualties in the Syrian war, officials said Thursday that US air strikes last year against Islamist extremists in Syria killed two children by mistake.

Sources quoting AFP reported that Lieutenant General James Terry, head of the US-led air campaign against the Islamic State group, said in a statement that "we regret the unintentional loss of lives."

Canada: 10 young people arrested trying to join Islamic State group

(By Estera Popowska)

Some 10 young people have been arrested by Canadian police as they allegedly tried to leave Canada to join the Islamic State group, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. According to AFP, Canada’s federal police arrested the young people last weekend at Canada’s Montreal's international airport and their passports have been withdrawn.

Uganda: Over 1,800 Burundian refugees enter Uganda’s Isingiro District

(By Estera Popowska)

Following continued pretests in Burundi, over 1,800 Burundian refugees had by Monday entered Uganda’s Nakivale and Orukinga refugee camps in Isingiro District, Daily Monitor reported Wednesday morning.

Nigeria: Suicide bomber kills 8 outside supermarket in northeast Nigeria

(By Estera Popowska)

At least eight people were killed Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a livestock market in northeast Nigeria, a local lawmaker and a resident told AFP.

State assembly lawmaker Jerry Kundusi and witness Abdullah Musa reportedly said the blast happened at about 1:15 p.m. in the village of Garkida in Adamawa state.

"We don't know the identity of the assailant but it's obvious it's the work of Boko Haram insurgents," said Kundusi.

Syria: U.S led air strike kills 170 Islamic State jihadists in 48 hours

(By Estera Popowska)

In the past 48 hours, air strikes by a US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria have killed around 170 jihadists, a monitoring group said Tuesday, according to AFP report.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reportedly said "the jihadists were killed in the past 48 hours in the province of Hasakeh, nearly all of them in very intense air strikes by the international coalition which is helping Kurdish forces in the area."

Congratulations to Councillor Muna Cali

A councillor made history this month by becoming the first Somali women to be elected to Northampton Borough Council. Councillor Muna Cali was elected in Castle Ward in this year's local election with 1,753 votes. She now represents the area with fellow Labour councillors Danielle Stone and Enam Haque. Whilst 'very proud' of her Somali heritage, she said she will be working on behalf of all communities in Castle Ward.