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Four dead in army, police clashes in Nigeria: source
by Staff Writers
Lagos (AFP) April 12, 2017

Detained Chad soldiers killed during prison transfer
N'Djamena (AFP) April 12, 2017 - Around 10 Chadian troops who had been detained have been killed during an attack on their convoy while they were being taken to prison, government sources said Wednesday, while dozens of prisoners escaped.

Unknown assailants struck the convoy aboard "high-powered" vehicles 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of the capital N'Djamena overnight, the source said, while a judicial source said 80 prisoners had escaped during the assault.

"Justice authorities were transferring prisoners waiting for trial, and others who had already been sentenced, to the Korotoro high-security prison," the security source said on condition of anonymity.

"The attackers took the prisoners out and sorted between them before riddling them with bullets," the source said, suggesting the attack may have been a settling of scores between soldiers.

"The killed prisoners were all soldiers, including a senior army officer."

The attackers' vehicles did not bear licence plates.

Niger's Attorney General Mahouli Bruno confirmed the attack.

"Such an act will not go unpunished. Prosecutors have opened a judicial inquiry to identify the perpetrators so that they can account for their actions," Bruno told reporters without giving details on the circumstances of the attack.

"A search has been launched not only to find the fleeing attackers but also the prisoners who fled."

A bloody clash between the army and police in Nigeria's restive northeastern Yobe state on Wednesday left one soldier and three police dead, a security source told AFP.

The police confirmed the fracas in the state capital of Damaturu, but did not say if there were casualties.

"The Nigeria police force is abreast of the unfortunate incident that occurred in the early hours of today 12th April, 2017 in Damaturu between the personnel of the force and that of the Nigerian army," police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said in a statement.

He said an investigation had been launched to determine "the causes of the incident and deal with the situation appropriately to prevent such occurrence in the future".

The army authorities were not immediately available for comment.

A security officer who did not want to be named, told AFP trouble began on Tuesday when an army officer in a mufti (civilian dress) ran into a convoy of the head of the police mobile unit in Damaturu.

"The army officer was beaten up by the police for his action. This morning, soldiers stormed the police station and took away the head of the mobile unit to their military base," he said.

He said the the soldiers' action angered some police officers who invaded the army base to free their boss.

"There was a shootout in which a soldier and a policeman were killed on the spot while two policemen who were injured later died of their wounds," he said.

Yobe and two other states -- Borno and Adamawa -- in the northeast are the worst-hit in the eight-year Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in Nigeria.

Boko Haram, which aims to impose a hardline Islamist legal system in Nigeria's mainly-Muslim north, has killed some 20,000 people and forced 2.6 million others to flee their homes since 2009.

A joint military operation, comprising Nigerian army, navy, airforce and the police, and aided by regional forces, is currently battling the jihadists.

El Nino can warn on cholera outbreaks in Africa: study
Washington (AFP) April 10, 2017
El Nino, the cyclical climatic phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, is linked to shifts in cholera cases in Africa, providing an early warning that could save lives, scientists said Monday. During the years when El Nino is warming the eastern Pacific, East Africa has about 50,000 additional cholera cases a year, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. ... read more

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