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At least 16 Injured In New Orleans Park Shooting

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At least 16 people have been injured in a gunfight between two groups at a park in New Orleans in the US state of Louisiana, where a crowd of more than 300 had gathered for the making of a music video, local police say. The shooting took place around 7pm local time on Sunday (01:00 GMT on Monday) in Bunny Friend Park in the city’s Upper Ninth Ward.

New Orleans police said witnesses claimed that both groups involved in the shooting ran off immediately after the gunfire. The Times-Picayune newspaper quoted Superintendent Michael Harrison of the New Orleans Police Department as saying that he believed multiple people had fired into the crowd. “I can’t speak to the condition” of all the victims, Harrison said, but “no one has died at this time”.

At least nine victims were taken to University Medical Center New Orleans.  Three witnesses told the Times-Picayune that they saw a man with a silver-coloured machinegun and heard more gunshots coming from within the crowd as he ran away. Several people were lying on the pavement after the shooting, it said.

Tyler Gamble, a police spokesman, told The New York Times that police learned from witnesses that “there were two groups that were firing shots back and forth at each other, and then ran off after each other on foot”. WVUE TV said police believed the shooting stemmed from a fight. Media reports put the number of victims at 10 to 16 and said they had been taken to local hospitals.

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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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