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Deadly Double Suicide Rocks Iraq’s Fallujah

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At least 22 Iraqi soldiers and fighters from the Popular Mobilisation Forces have been killed in a double suicide car attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in east Fallujah, local police sources have told Al Jazeera. Aljazeera reports:

Wednesday’s attack was carried out with a confiscated Iraqi army Humvee and an armoured army vehicle at the Harariyat village, part of Al Karmah town. Both blasts targeted a congregation of Iraqi army soldiers and fighters. At least 24 were also wounded in the incident.

The violence is part of ongoing clashes between ISIL and government forces, who have been cutting the supply lines of the armed group, isolating the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.  “Iraq’s security forces are taking towns and villages surrounding those cities and use them as staging posts to go into Ramadi and Fallujah,” said Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad.

Khan also said that Iraq’s air force carried out an air strike in the centre of Fallujah, hitting a mosque that was allegedly housing ISIL fighters. At least 17 of the fighters were reportedly killed in the attack.  “However, we have spoken to the hospital sources who say that at least six civilians were killed in that attack,” said Khan.

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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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