A regional Somali government official says, three soldiers in the Somali special forces have been killed, and a U.S. officer seriously wounded, in a car bomb on Monday outside the force’s base in the country’s south.
Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack and put the number of dead at 20. Al Shabaab said it had killed U.S. personnel.
A Somali soldier was also wounded in the attack in Jana Cabdalle village, some 60 km from the port city of Kismayu, which is also Jubbaland region’s capital, after the suicide car bomb had exploded outside the special forces base. U.S. Africa command spokesman air force colonel Christopher Karns said the U.S. Soldier was in stable condition.
Karns said, in a statement, the U.S. military had assessed that at least one al Shabaab fighter was also killed during the attack that involved mortar fire. The government and al Shabaab often give conflicting casualty numbers. The militants said they had killed four U.S. officers, and 16 Somali forces. Al Shabaab also said it had wounded 12 Somali soldiers and destroyed 3 U.S. Armored vehicles.
Al Shabaab has been fighting to topple Somalia’s central government since 2008 to establish its own rule based on its own harsh interpretation of Islam’s sharia law.
Sierra Leone’s Former President Ordered To Appear Before Anti-Graft Commission
Sierra Leone’s former president Ernest Bai Koroma must appear before an anti-graft commission Monday to answer questions about alleged corruption during his 2007-2018 tenure.
Koroma has previously denied any wrongdoing, calling the move a witch hunt, he said the allegations of corruption involving mining, construction and procurement contracts are “without merit and are a politically motivated charade calculated to impugn my hard-earned reputation”.
As consequence, Ugandan government has imposed a travel ban on Koroma and more than 100 other officials, including Koroma’s former vice president, Victor Bockarie Foh.
A judicial probe had accused them of unlawfully enriching themselves during his just over a decade tenure.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the All People’s Congress party, which Koroma still leads, is planning to appeal the action against him.
Koroma in a statement has said he had served the country “diligently, fairly and with honour and integrity” saying that he was known for his fight against corruption.
Coronavirus: Uganda Reopens Borders For Passengers
Uganda has called for strict compliance with COVID-19 travel protocols as it reopened its international borders for the first time since March.
The country had earlier closed its borders to passenger travel as a control measure to fight the coronavirus pandemic which has now infected more than 8,000 and killed 75 in the country.
On Thursday morning, the national carrier, Uganda Airlines ran its regional flights to Nairobi, Kenya, and Mogadishu, Somalia, as scheduled.
Other international airlines have also been landing and taking off.
To avoid self-isolation, travellers coming into Uganda will be required to present a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of their departure.
But if someone arrives without a test certificate, a sample will be taken and they will be made to quarantine at their own cost as they await results.
Authorities at the airport are encouraging passengers to use self-service booths where available to minimize contact and also advised out-bound travellers to be at the airport at least four hours before scheduled departure.
WHO To Probe ‘Sexual Exploitation’ By Aid Workers In DR Congo
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it had opened an investigation into claims of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse in the context of the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The actions were allegedly perpetrated by individuals identifying themselves as working for W.H.O. during the epidemic.
WHO says “anyone identified as being involved will be held to account and face serious consequences, including immediate dismissal.
Its statements comes after more than 50 women accused aid workers from the W.H.O. and leading NGOs of sexual exploitation and abuse – including offering sex in exchange for a job.
The investigation was published by the humanitarian news agency (TNH).
Early June 2020, DRC declared an Ebola outbreak, making it the country’s eleventh in just over 40 years.
The previous outbreak caused 2,287 deaths and 3,470 cases between august 2018 and June 2020.
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