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7 of Niger’s peacekeepers killed in Ivory Coast

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Seven UN peacekeepers from Niger were killed in an ambush in western Ivory Coast, in the deadliest attack on the force since its deployment, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

According to an initial tally, seven Niger peacekeepers lost their lives in an ambush in the west of the country,” the spokesman said, in a report by AFP.

The attackers crossed over from neighbouring Liberia, adding that two Ivorian soldiers and at least one civilian may also have been killed.

the spokesman said, adding the UN denounced the “very serious violation of international law”.

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said he was “outraged” by the killings of the peacekeepers and warned that more UN troops “are still in danger”.

“Even tonight, after the attack, more than 40 peacekeepers remain with the villagers in this remote region to protect them from this armed group,” the UN chief said. “My thoughts are with these brave peacekeepers and the community they are protecting.”

“I call on the government of Cote d’Ivoire to do its utmost to identify the perpetrators and hold them accountable for this deadly attack,” the UN leader said, using the French name for Ivory Coast.

According to a UN source, the peacekeepers were patrolling in an area between two villages after hearing rumours of an imminent attack on communities in the region.

“There’s panic in the villages, many are fleeing into the forest, others are heading for Liberia,” a resident of Para village told AFP by phone.

The mayor of nearby Tai village, Desire Gnonkonte, confirmed that residents were fleeing.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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