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Egypt police kill 6 militants in the shootout

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CAIRO: Egyptian police killed six suspected Islamist militants in a shootout early Saturday in the country’s south,  the interior ministry said.
The clashes broke out during a police raid on a militant hideout in a mountainous area on the edge of the southern province of Sohag, some 460 kilometers (285 miles) south of Cairo, the ministry said in a
statement.
Police seized weapons and ammunition, it added. The operation is part of “the interior ministry’s efforts to confront terrorist organizations aiming to undermine security and stability” in Egypt, it said.
Egypt has been battling an Islamist insurgency following the 2013 ouster of Islamist President  Mohammed Morsi, who was forced out by the military in the face of mass protests against his rule.
Attacks have largely been concentrated in the turbulent northern Sinai region, but have also taken place elsewhere across the country.
Egypt launched in February a wide-scale operation centered on North Sinai to wipe out jihadists,  including members of the Islamic State group, spearheading the insurgency there.

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157 die as Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 crashes

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ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopian Airlines’ (aircraft B-737-800MAX) flight No. ET 302 /10 March in scheduled service from here to Nairobi crashed this morning killing 149 passengers and eight crew members on board. 

According to Airlines’ accident bulletin:

The prime minister’s office took to the twitter to express condolences:

Relevant:  A Hong Kong citizen was among the 157 dead in the plane crash in Ethiopia Sunday morning, according to the Immigration Department of the government of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Nairobi, Kenya-bound plane went down minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, killing all people on board, including 149 passengers and eight crew members, the airline has confirmed.  The victims came from 35 countries and regions, including eight from China, said the airline.  Among the Chinese citizens, seven were from the mainland and one from Hong Kong, according to China’s Foreign Ministry.

 

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Cairo railway station fire takes a toll of 25!

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CAIRO: Twenty-five people were killed and dozens more injured when a train collided with a buffer stop and burst into flames next to a busy platform.

While hours after the crash at city’s main railway station Egypt’s Transport Minister Hisham Arafat resigned,  PM Mostafa Madbouli stated that the disaster would be thoroughly investigated and that anyone found to be negligent would be punished.

According to details, a fire erupted inside the main train station in the city center of Egypt’s capital Cairo on Wednesday. The blaze broke out as a train crashed into the pavement, the report said. TV photographs showed clouds of black smoke billowing from the main building in the station. Dozens of ambulances and firefighters had rushed to the scene. Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly is following the repercussions of the incident with the transport minister, the report said.

 

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Nigeria’s Buhari wins re-election as opposition cries foul

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ABUJA: Muhammadu Buhari was on Wednesday re-elected Nigeria’s president after a delayed poll that angered voters and raised political temperatures – but the opposition immediately vowed to challenge the “sham” result in court.
It was the second victory at the ballot box for Buhari, a one-time military ruler who in 2015 was elected to lead Africa’s most populous nation and leading oil producer. With ballots counted in all of Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Buhari, 76, triumphed with some 15.2 million votes over his nearest rival Atiku Abubakar, who trailed by nearly four million votes. “Muhammadu Buhari… is hereby declared a winner and is returned elected,” Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced early Wednesday. However, Abubakar on Wednesday rejected the result of the vote, which has been marred by claims of rigging and corruption.
“If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South,” he said in a statement. “I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.” Buhari, meanwhile, thanked Nigerians for re-electing him “for the next four years”, saying he was “deeply humbled and profoundly grateful. Addressing supporters and party leaders at his All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign headquarters, he called his win “another victory for Nigerian democracy.” “The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption,” he said.

 

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