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Militants kill 43 people in Nigeria’s Borno state

Gunmen stormed four villages in northern Nigeria's restive Borno state killing at least 43 people, local official and residents said Tuesday according to Xinhua.

Nigeria’s police reportedly said the attacks took place last weekend in Monguno, an area that has suffered deadly violence in the past. But Xinhua says Borno State police chief, Aderemi Opadokun, declined to give the exact casualty figures but said the militant group Boko Haram was suspected to be behind the attacks.

Suspected Boko Haram rebels kill 13 people in Cameroon

At least 13 people including a Chadian soldier  were killed by a twin suicide attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the northern Cameroon town of Fotokol late on Sunday killed, authorities said according to Reuters.

Reuters reported Cameroon president's office as saying in a statement on Monday that 10 civilians, a Chadian soldier and the two assailants were killed in the attack. Seven soldiers, four from Chad and three from Cameroon, were among 17 people wounded in the attack, the statement reportedly said.

21killed, hundreds injured in ethnic clashes in Algeria's southern province

At least 21 people were killed and hundreds others injured in ethnic clashes between Berber and Arab communities in Algeria' southern province of Ghardaia, local sources told Xinhua Wednesday.

A security source reportedly said the clashes erupted when a group of unknown youngsters with knives and firearms assailed a private bus. The overnight clashes continued until dawn, according to reports from Xinhua.

Nigeria’s rebel group Boko Haram kill 18 people in Chad

At least 18 villagers were killed by Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram militants in Monday's attack on Memorom, a Chadian village near Lake Chad, local media reported Wednesday.

According to Xinhua, local people who were quoted by the media said the attack took place while the villagers gathered for meal which broke the Ramadan fasting.Reports indicate that the governor of Lake Region, Yunus Kedallah Hamid, went to the site on Tuesday and said the attack left 3 people killed and a dozen injured.

6 United Nations peacekeepers killed by militants in northern Mali

At least six UN peacekeepers were killed by militants in Mali's restive northern region, the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said Thursday according to Xinhua. MINUSMA reportedly said five others were also wounded when a UN convoy was ambushed in the morning near the city of Timbuktu.

The UN mission said the wounded were being evacuated while reinforcements including helicopters had been sent to the area. Two UN vehicles were reportedly destroyed in the attack, said the mission. However, Xinhua says the identity of the attackers could not be confirmed at the moment.

150 people killed by suspected Boko Haram rebels in northeastern Nigeria

Nearly 150 people have been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigerian villages, witnesses said Thursday. AFP quoted witnesses  as saying the rebels mowed down men and children while they prayed in mosques and shot women preparing food at home.

Dozens of militants reportedly stormed three remote villages in the flashpoint Borno state on Wednesday evening, setting houses ablaze in the bloodiest day of attacks by the extremist group since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in May.

15 Egyptian soldiers killed in car bomb in Sinai Peninsula

At least 15 Egyptian soldiers were killed by a car bomb  in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in one of several attacks Wednesday against the army, a security official said according to AFP.

Africa Review says Egyptian troops often come under attack in the Sinai, where jihadists linked to the Islamic State group are waging a bloody insurgency."More than 70 terrorist elements waged simultaneous attacks against five security checkpoints in North Sinai," the army spokesman said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Ebola kills teenager in Liberia 7 weeks after WHO declared Liberia Ebola free

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Only seven weeks after the World Health Organization(WHO) declared Liberia free of Ebola,a 17-year-old boy has died from the deadly virus, VOA reported Tuesday saying Liberian afficials are trying to determine how the boy contracted the illness.

VOA spoke with Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia’s Ebola response. According Nyenswah, the  teenager died June 24 and was given a safe burial the next day.

Islamic State ‘claims responsibility’ for massacre of 39 people in Tunisia

(Estera Popowska)

In a statement released on Twitter, the Islamic State group on Saturday claimed responsibility for a massacre in a Tunisian seaside resort that left 39 dead in the worst attack in the country's recent history.

According to AFP, the Islamic State group said the gunman, who they identified as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani, was a "solider of the caliphate" and most of those killed were "subjects of states that make up the crusader alliance fighting the state of the caliphate".

Nigeria’s Boko Haram rebels kill 42 people in Borno state

(By Estera Popowska)

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have killed at least 42 people in attacks on two villages in northeast Nigeria's restive Borno state, a police officer and a resident who fled said on Wednesday, according to Africa Review.

"We received reports of attacks by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on the two villages in which 42 deaths were recorded," the officer said from Biu, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south of Maiduguri, the state capital.