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Nigeria: Chinese Nationals Abducted By Masked Gunmen In Ebonyi

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Ebonyi state Police spokesperson, Loveth Odah reported that the victims, Messrs Sun Zhi Xim and Wang Qinghu, employees of Tonyi Chinese Group of Companies were abducted by armed men, who concealed their identities by wearing masks.

“They were abducted by a gang of masked armed men and the CP led a team comprising of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (operations) and other tactical personnel. We went to the scene and discovered that it was a vulnerable construction site, located inside a thick forest without any form of security; whether police or local vigilante.

“This forest is situated near Ivo River at a boundary between Enugu and Ebonyi, and we thoroughly combed the area to trace the kidnappers and possibly rescue the victims. We recorded no results, but our tactical team has been reinforced in the area to track the kidnappers.”

While urging the public to give the Police any information that could lead to the rescue of the kidnapped Chinese unharmed, Odah declined comment on the motivation for the attack, kidnapping for ransom is known to be prevalent in Nigeria.

It would be recalled that four emergency workers were abducted while returning from an assignment in oil-rich Rivers state just on Wednesday with confirmation that the  kidnappers had asked for N40million to secure the freedom of the four workers, as confirmed by family sources.


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Turkey: Group calls for immediate action against Femicide

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Emine Dirican, a beautician from Istanbul, tried to be a good wife. But her husband hated that she worked, that she socialized, even that she wanted to leave the house sometimes without him.

She tried to reason with him. He lashed out.

“One time, he tied me — my hands, my legs from the back, like you do to animals,” recalls Dirican, shuddering. “He beat me with a belt and said, ‘You’re going to listen to me, you’re going to obey whatever I say to you.’ “

She left him and moved in with her parents. In January, he showed up, full of remorse and insisting he had changed. She let him in.

In her mother’s kitchen, he grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the floor and pulled out a gun.

“He shot me,” she says. “Then he went back to my mom and he pulled the trigger again, but the gun was stuck. So he hit her head with the back of the gun.”

Her father, who was in another room in the house, heard the gunshots and ran over. Dirican almost bled to death after a bullet ripped through a main artery in one of her legs.

“I was telling my father, ‘Daddy, please, I don’t want to die.’ “

Femicide — killing women because of their gender — is a longstanding issue in Turkey. Nearly 300 women have been killed so far this year, according to the Istanbul-based advocacy group We Will Stop Femicide, which has been tracking gender-related deaths since Turkish authorities stopped doing so in 2009.

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Dutch police officer kills two family members, self

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A Dutch police officer shot and killed two family members and himself at a home in the city of Dordrecht on Monday evening, a police source said.

A fourth relative was injured, said the source, who could not be identified because the investigation was ongoing.

“Three people were killed in the shooting incident in Dordrecht’s Heimerstein (neighborhood). One person was seriously injured,” according to the official police statement on Twitter.

Emergency response teams were at the scene and a home in the neighborhood had been cordoned off.

Dordrecht Mayor Wouter Kolff said on Twitter there had been “a very serious shooting incident” and that he was heading to the scene.

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