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Three soldiers lynched in DR Congo border

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Police in Uganda on Sunday said three soldiers were lynched by an angry mob near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo after being accused of being criminals by locals.

Local official, Peter Debele told AFP that ‘‘investigations are underway to establish the circumstances under which they were killed”.



He added that “three firearms were recovered at the scene of the attack and eight people were arrested in connection with the killing of the soldiers”.

According to him, the soldiers were arrested about 8 km from their posts by residents for “interrogation. He said they handed over the firearms, but the crowd lynched them claiming they had come to steal from them.

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Debele also said, the soldiers were attached to an army unit guarding the Ugandan border post at Vurra.

Ugandan police spokeswoman for the region, Josephine Angucia, said that among the dead soldiers was a unit commander attached to the border post, Corporal Julius Kobum.

“We urge the people not to do themselves justice every time they face a problem, it should have reported the incident to the police,” she added.

The region between Uganda and DR Congo is experiencing high levels of crime due to the porosity of the border, crossed by armed groups to steal and attack locals.

Earlier this year, the government banned civilians from wearing camouflage uniforms because of the number of criminals putting on military uniforms.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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