Sudan says it has seized a massive amount of explosives large enough to blow up the entire capital Khartoum. Authorities also said on Wednesday 41 persons have been arrested in connection to the explosives.
The materials included ammonium nitrate, the same chemical that caused a deadly explosion in Lebanon early august.
Public prosecutor Tagelsir al-Hebr said in a press conference, his office had opened an investigation. He confirmed the individuals were arrested in possession of explosives.
Spokesman for the paramilitary rapid support forces, Jamal Jumaa said intelligence gathered since last month on “the movements of terrorist groups” led to the arrests.
Sudan is led by a transitional government, which took power months after the April 2019 ouster of longtime president Omar al-Bashir.
The new government is working to lift decades of U.S sanctions imposed on the country and internal conflict under former leader-Bashir’s rule.
Sudan has been on America’s blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993, a designation that has kept away much-needed foreign investment and strangled Sudan’s economy.
Jumaa warned that the transfer of explosive materials to neighbouring countries could derail the process.
Uganda ‘To Begin Human Trials’ Of COVID-19 Vaccine
Uganda is set to start human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine starting in November as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.
The vaccine trials are a partnership exercise between Uganda’s Virus Research Institute and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College.
Uganda has recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases and 75 fatalies so far.
According to BBC, Monica Musenero who is the head of a presidential taskforce on epidemics is quoted as saying the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans.
She added that if successful, a second trial will involve about 100 to 200 persons followed by a final trial of between 1,000 and 3,000 persons.
WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief
Heavy seasonal rainfall, followed by devastating floods in South Sudan since June, have impacted more than 700,000 persons across the country. A large part of the nation is reported to be under water with the Nile River at its highest level in 50 years.
South Sudan was already in a precarious situation due to food shortages from an overwhelming locust infestation and a health crisis from the global coronavirus pandemic.
The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has been providing food assistance to more than half a million persons in South Sudan’s flood-affected areas as the threat of famine increases within the country.
A flood-displaced victim from Mathiang village says rains have destroyed everything, including houses, cattle, crops and sources of livelihood.
WFP spokesperson, Peter Smerdon says they are already under pressure in South Sudan because of conflict, high levels of displacement and, the added burden from flooding.
World Food Programme is now seeking to raise 58 million dollars to continue providing relief.
Libyans Protest Armed Militias In Tajoura City
Libyans have taken to the streets in the southeast of the capital Tripoli to protest against the presence of armed militias in the city of Tajoura.
Clashes broke out on Thursday between two militias loyal to the Tripoli-based and UN-recognized government of national accord. Militias used heavy weapons in a residential suburb that consequently resulted in the death of at least three persons. Several others were reported injured from the two camps and some private properties were damaged.
The United Nations support mission in the country had called for an urgent security reform on Friday as they reminded both parties of international humanitarian law obligations.
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