More than 800 children have lost contact with their families in the wake of fierce fighting between government troops and rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... , a Red Thingy official said Saturday.
The renewed violence over the past few months has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in the Rutshuru area of DR Congo near the border with Uganda.
"Our Red Thingy teams in Uganda and DRC tell us that 800 children have been separated from their families as a result of the upsurge in violence in Rutshuru territory," Uganda’s Red Thingy communications officer Irene Nakasiita told AFP.
Clashes have intensified in recent months after the M23 rebel militia
... also known as the Congolese Revolutionary Army, the primarily Tutsi group was founded in 2012 as a sock puppet of Rwanda, which no doubt seemed a good idea at the time. But in less than a year the Congolese army defeated them, and Rwanda publicly stepped back in response to international pressure. Recently M23 has started acting up again, possibly again at Rwandan instigation...
accused the Kinshasa government of failing to honour a 2009 agreement under which the army was to incorporate its fighters.
Nakasiita said 716 unaccompanied children from Congo had so far been registered in Uganda alone, while 155 had been reunited with their families.
"Unfortunately, the security situation in the region makes searching for missing people and reuniting them with their families difficult," the International Committee of the Red Thingy said in a statement.
"Access to areas where there are displaced people originally come from is risky and family members constantly on the move," it added.
The United Nations ...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense... Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday that 13 civilians including four children had been killed in fighting in the Rutshuru district between June 19 and 21.
"Several villages in Rutshuru territory have been practically emptied of their inhabitants, some of whom have fled to Uganda," it said.
At least 158,000 people have been forced from their homes since March in Rutshuru and the neighboring Nyiragongo area because of the conflict, the UN says.
Gunmen believed to be holy warriors have killed another Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Vitus Borogo, on his farm in Kaduna State.
The chancellor, Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, Rev. Fr. Christian Okewu Emmanuel, confirmed the latest incident in a statement made available to SaharaReporters.
He said the incident happened on Saturday.
The statement read, "It is with a heavy heart, but with total submission to the will of God that we announce the death of Rev. Fr. Vitus Borogo, which sad event took place today, at Prison Farm, Kujama, along Kaduna-Kachia road, after a raid on the farm by terrorists.
"Until his death, late Fr Vitus aged 50 years was the Chaplain of the Catholic Community of the Kaduna State Polytechnic, and the Chairman of the Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA), Kaduna Chapter.
"Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna condoles with the immediate family, the NFCS Family of Kaduna Polytechnic, and indeed the entire Kaduna Polytechnic Community and assures them of his fraternal closeness and prayers."
He said details of Bogoro’s funeral arrangement will be announced as soon as possible.
"Meanwhile,...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase... we commit his soul to the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and call on all men and women of goodwill to continue to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul and for the consolation of his bereaved family, especially his mother," the chancellor added.
In May, the Catholic Church announced the killing of a 48-year-old Catholic priest, Reverend Father Joseph Aketeh Bako, by terrorists.
The priest was kidnapped from his residence at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Kudenda, Kaduna during an attack by the holy warriors in March.
A statement by the Chancellor, Christian Okewu Emmanuel, announcing the tragedy said the priest was killed in April.
"We have carefully verified that the unfortunate event took place between 18th and 20th of April, 2022 in the hands of his abductors," Emmanuel had said.
Hunters in the Okehi local government area of Kogi State on Sunday killed two suspected members of a kidnap gang and rescued two victims.
The gang was said to have been terrorising Okene-Lokoja Road and Okene-Auchi Road in the state before meeting their Waterloo at Upogoro hill following intelligence reports from the personnel of Okehi Local Government Joint Taskforce, a statement by King Habib, an aide to the local government chairman on media and publicity, said on Sunday.
The statement said in line with the directive of the state governor, Yahaya Bello, “Men of Professional Hunters and Local hunters in Okehi LG led an early morning operation and apprehended some kidnap gang at Upogoro hill upon receiving credible intelligence reports from men of Okehi LG Joint Taskforce”.
It further said, “The gang have been terrorising Okene-Lokoja Road and Okene-Auchi Road of Kogi State before being nabbed and in the process, one of the kidnappers was shot dead during an exchange of gunshots and one was apprehended who later gave up before arriving hospital.
“The hunters also rescued two victims from the kidnapers namely Mallam Sanni Uwaiti and Ramatu Tukur, both of toll gate area along Okene and Ajaokuta axis.”
It quoted Abdulraheem Ohiare Ozovehe, the local government chairman as saying “we shall leave no stone unturned in a bid to rid Okehi LGA and our environs of all forms of criminality".
Gunmen on Sunday morning kidnapped a Catholic priest, Rev. Father Osia in Ikabigbo community, in the Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
The priest was said to have been preparing for Sunday Mass when button men invaded his residence and took him away.
A source told The Punch that the kidnappers shot a young man who made attempts to look for the Reverend Father, adding that the victim had been taken to hospital for treatment.
He added that the vigilantes in the community were searching the area as well as combing the bush to ensure they rescue the priest.
"The kidnappers came with sophisticated weapons and took away the Reverend Father while he was preparing for the morning mass. It was sad. One of the boys who tried to look for the holy man was shot and he is currently in hospital," the source said.
The traditional ruler of the community, Bramah Alegeh, who confirmed the incident, explained that efforts were ongoing to ensure the release of the Catholic priest.
He further confirmed that the Army, in collaboration with local vigilantes were combing the bush to ensure the release of the holy man.
A Spanish police source said the migrants who stormed the fence had used sticks, knives and acid against security forces and had changed tactics to try crossing at one perceived weak spot en masse, rather than in separate attempts along the fence.
Kira Anne Elliott, 20, of Eugene, was arrested at the #Antifa black bloc attack in Eugene, Ore. She's a social justice coordinator at the private @BrynMawrCollege in PA. Officers were injured by the violent extremists. DHS had to provide emergency help to local police. pic.twitter.com/OBeqcDHVSl
[OneIndia] A terrorist was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... 's Doda district on Sunday, a police official said.
A pistol, one magazine and some rounds were recovered from the terrorist, the official said.
Based on a specific information, the terrorist was nabbed by a joint search party of the police and security forces from the outskirts of Doda town, the official added.
[Dawn] Two soldiers were martyred and seven Lions of Islam killed during an exchange of fire in North Wazoo's Ghulam Khan Kalle area, the military's media affairs wing said on Sunday.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), soldiers "effectively engaged" the terrorists, killing seven of them and recovering weapons and ammunition from them.
It added that the Lions of Islam were "actively involved" in terrorism activities against security forces.
The ISPR said that Subedar Munir Hussain, 44, resident of Parachinar, and Havildar Babu Khan, 38, resident of Dera Ismail Khan ... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ... , "fought gallantly" during the battle and were martyred.
"Area clearance is being carried out to eliminate any other Lions of Islam found in the vicinity," the statement said.
A day ago, four bad boyz were potted during an intelligence-based operation conducted by security forces in North Waziristan's Dossali area.
On Friday, two bad boyz were potted in Kulachi area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Dera Ismail Khan.
A shootout broke out between turbans and security forces in Shirmal area of south Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... 's Shopian district on Saturday evening, police said.
"Encounter has started at Shirmal area of #Shopian. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow, " a police front man said.
The encounter started soon after security forces cordoned the area following a tip off.
[HODHODYEMENNEWS] A new missile attack targeted the Emirati Dana Gas facility in northern Iraq, Iraqi media reported, citing local sources on Saturday.
According to al-Sumeria News, the Khor Mor gas field in Chamchamal district, Sulaimaniyah province, was targeted by missile attacks. No casualties or damages have been reported.
This marks the third attack on Dana Gas facility in Iraqi Kurdistan region in just three days, after it was reported on Wednesday that a Dana Gas facility in the Khor Mor gas field in the Kurdistan Region’s Chamchamal county was targeted with rockets.
No group or individual has grabbed credit for the attacks as of yet.
[An Nahar] Israeli firefighters were on Sunday battling to control a huge blaze in the northern city of Haifa after a number of buildings containing hazardous materials caught fire overnight in an industrial and logistics complex, Israeli media reports said.
Explosions were heard, apparently as the flames detonated the contents of the building. Videos posted to social media showed flames engulfing the structures.
It was unclear what had been stored in the buildings, with some of the earth-shattering kabooms appearing to produce light-colored flames.
No casualties were reported in the fire, but three people were rescued from nearby homes.
Firefighters were working to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby structures.
Haifa is a key location for Israeli industry, with a number of plants and processing centers linked to the oil and chemical industries.
Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers... ’s Hezbollah had in the past threatened to target chemical facilities in the city in the event of a future war.
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#Myanmar authorities torch more than half a billion dollars’ worth of #narcotics as part of eradication efforts for World Drug Day, as the UN warns that production of methamphetamine in the region is hitting record levels.https://t.co/i6AemrZz2L
On June 26, 2022 and under period of darkness the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) conducted a successful operation against an ISIS sleeper cell in Jurda in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria, a military source in the Global Coalition said.
In the operation, the SDF managed to arrest three ISIS members named Mohammed Sahboo al Zekia, Harith al-Mahal al-Salih and Tariq Abddulbassar al-Sebty, the source added.
The source stressed that the SDF replaced security measures to ensure no innocent civilians were maimed during this operation.
The SDF is committed to providing security and stability throughout Deir ez-Zor and will not tolerate ISIS putting innocent civilians in harm’s way.
According to the source, ISIS is incapable and incompetent of conducting full scale operations throughout Deir ez-Zor which has cause infighting within the remaining ISIS cells.
Members of ISIS want to create more instability, but many of the members believe their leaders are afraid and want to remain in hiding, the military source said.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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