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China Police Checkpoint Attack ‘Kills 18’ In Xinjiang

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A US media report says at least 18 people have been killed in the Chinese region of Xinjiang during a clash at a police checkpoint. According to US-based Radio Free Asia, ethnic Uighurs – part of China’s Muslim minority – attacked the police on the outskirts of Kashgar city on Monday. BBC has more:

The Chinese authorities have refused to comment on the incident. Hospital workers in Kashgar told the BBC several injured police received medical treatment. Radio Free Asia reports the attackers killed police officers using bombs and knives after speeding through the checkpoint at night.

One possible motive could be the tight restrictions placed on Muslim Uighurs during Ramadan. Muslim party members, civil servants, students and teachers are stopped from observing the period when Muslims fast – one of the five pillars of Islam.

There is frequent unrest in Xinjiang between the Chinese authorities and the Uighurs, and hundreds have died in attacks over the past three years. Uighurs say Beijing’s repression of their religious and cultural customs is provoking the violence.

But China insists the attacks are being carried out by what it calls Islamic terrorists supported by overseas groups.

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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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