Day: July 28, 2019

Dozens of mourners ‘killed by Boko Haram’ at a funeral in north Nigeria

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AFP journalists saw charred items and smouldering ashes after the attack

At least 65 people have lost their lives after suspected Boko Haram militants opened fire on a funeral in Nigeria's north-eastern state of Borno.
Gunmen arrived on motorcycles and in vans at the village near the state capital, Maiduguri, on Saturday, eyewitnesses say.
A number of mourners were reportedly killed straight away, while others died trying to chase off the attackers.
There has been an increase in Islamist attacks across the region.
Local government official Muhammed Bulama said he thought the latest attack was in revenge for the killing of 11 Boko Haram fighters by the villagers two weeks ago.

Agence France Presse journalists at the scene said they saw burnt-out homes, and relatives collecting the bodies of those who were killed.
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, and ordered the air force and army to hunt down those who carri..

South Africa presidential panel backs limited land seizures

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The radical EFF opposition party has made land expropriation without compensation a key national issue

A presidential panel in South Africa has proposed expropriation of land without compensation, but in limited circumstances.
Land held purely for speculative purposes or occupied by tenants should be given away, it advises.
White people, who make up just 9% of the population, own 72% of the farmland that is held by individuals.
President Cyril Ramaphosa backs land expropriation, which is popular with the black majority.
The governing African National Congress (ANC) has repeatedly pledged to accelerate land transfers to the black majority since taking office in 1994, after white-minority rule ended, but progress has been slow.

Those opposed to land expropriation point to Zimbabwe where a similar policy by former President Robert Mugabe wrecked the economy and scared away investors.

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