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Policeman Killed As Bomb Hits Camp In Egypt’s Ismailiyah

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At least one policeman has been killed and dozens others injured, including six civilians, when a bomb exploded near the entrance of a security forces camp in the northern Egyptian city of Ismailiyah on Thursday night, according to security sources.

The bomb was planted on the gates of the camp and demoted from far, sources told Al Jazeera.

The bombing was followed by gunshots, officials said, adding that several ambulances were rushed to the site of the attack.

Most of those injured were policemen, the source said.

Ismailiyah and surrounding areas in the Sinai have seen regular attacks on police and military personnel, especially since the military toppled elected president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

The military has been conducting an extensive operation in the Sinai Peninsula, east of the Suez Canal, to crack down on armed groups.

Earlier on Thursday, riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of pro-Islamist protesters who were demonstrating near the headquarters of the ministry of defence in Cairo.

Egypt has been witnessing almost daily protests by supporters of Morsi since the army removed him.

Morsi’s removal opened the bloodiest chapter in Egypt’s modern history. Security forces have since killed hundreds of his supporters, while some 200 soldiers and policemen have died, many in attacks by armed groups in the Sinai peninsula, bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza strip.

Students supporting Morsi have been staging daily protests for months inside and outside their universities.

Last month, Egypt’s army-installed interim government issued a law that banned protests near or originating from places of worship, and made it compulsory to seek Interior Ministry permission to hold a demonstration.

Since the law was passed, hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood protesters and other liberal activists have been arrested for demonstrating without police permission. [AlJazeera]

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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.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

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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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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