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Soccer clashes kill 68 in Egypt

News4u-News Desk- At least 68 people have been reported to be killed in shocking violence following a soccer match between two popular clubs in Egypt’s Port Said city.

 

Without giving specific figures, Deputy Health Minister Hesham Shiha said in a statement that hundreds were injured.

However, sources among the medics, who had received the bodies said at least 68 people were slain in Wednesday’s violence.

A security official and a medic said fans of the home team, Masry, swarmed the field after a rare 3-1 win against Ahly,Egypt’s top team.

They threw stones, fireworks, and bottles at the fans and injured some players.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a medic at a morgue in Port Said said some of the dead were security officers.
The exact causes of the deaths were not immediately known.

The security official said fans chased players and cornered their supporters on the field, throwing stones and bottles at them.

The players were later taken to the locker room for protection, Sayed Hamdi, a player, told state TV.

“One of the fans died in the dressing room,” Ahmed Nagi, an Ahly goalkeeping coach, said on Egyptian state television.

“And there are thousands of wounded lying in the hallways,” Nagi said.

In another incident, Egyptian state TV footage showed protesters setting fire to the Cairo Stadium after a football match between the Zamalek and Ismailia team.

Zamalek coach decided not to continue the second half of the match after the violent clashes which erupted simultaneously in the Port Said Stadium.

Soccer clashes kill 68 in Egypt

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No let up in violence, toll at 185 in Nigeria terror attacks

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There was no let up in violence in Nigeria on Tuesday as the toll from the last week’s multiple bombings and gun attacks by radical Islamists in the northern city of Kano touched 185, including an Indian national from Gujarat.

 

There was no let up in violence in Nigeria today as the toll from the last week’s multiple bombings and gun attacks by radical Islamists in the northern city of Kano touched 185, including an Indian national from Gujarat.

At least 15 explosions were heard today from an area where there is police station, residents said, adding that the explosions were followed by gunshots.

A night time curfew remains in place even as the police launched a massive search operations for members of Boko Haram Islamic sect that claimed responsibility for the wave of attacks on Friday.

In one incident, residents accused the police of shooting dead a person just because he had a beard normally associated with devout Muslims.

The man was identified as a former federal education worker.

The death toll now stands at 185 though medical and humanitarian workers say the number may increase as more bodies werer brought into hospital mortuaries.

Reports quoting hospital workers yesterday had said the toll had touched 250.

Kevalkumar Kalidas Rajput from Dahod in Gujarat, who worked for Kano-based firm M/s Relchem, was among those killed in Friday’s deadly attacks.

Authourities said militants, some of whom came as suicide bombers, targeted four police stations, the headquarters of the countrys secret police, state security service (SSS) in Kano state and an immigration office.

Meanwhile, the police provided a breakdown of people killed in the attacks which included 150 civilians, 29 officers of the police, three members of the SSS, two officers of the Nigerian immigrations service and a customs officer.

The police impounded eight vehicles yesterday which were loaded with improvised explosives.

A member of the security force on condition of annonimity said they recovered more than 100 explosives in the city.

Meanwhile, special prayers were held in mosques in the Kano for the victims.

The restive city’s chief cleric Professor Sani Zaharadeen, traditional ruler of the city Emir Ado Bayero and the governor of the state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso were present at the prayer.

On Sunday, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan visited the populous city of Kano after the terror attacks unleashed on police stations and other security outfits’ office.

Security has been beefed up amid uneasy calm in the city.

Streets were almost deserted as bodies still litter the city and Red Cross and other aid agencies helped in taking such to hospital mortuaries.

People from minority ethnic groups are preparing to move out of the city amid fears of violence and sectarian killings.

Hausa ethnic group dominate Kano.

The Indian High Commission here earlier underlined “the need for Indian nationals to observe the terms of our Security Advisory issued on January 17, 2012.”

Reiterating its earlier advisory, it requested Indian nationals to “register themselves with the Mission”.

Last week’s bombings, numbering up to twenty, was followed by shoot-outs between the militants and security agencies especially at the eastern Bompai district.

Abul Qaqa, a spokesman of radical Islamist group Boko Haram, had claimed responsible for the attacks.

It has been waging a bloody conflict to install an Islamic government and Sharia rule in the country.

Some 26 people were killed when it carried out a suicide bomb attack at the United Nations headquarters in Abuja in July last year.

The 150-million Nigeria has both Muslim and Christian population, with Muslims predominant in the north while Christians mostly live in the Southern part of the country.

Muslim, Christian clashes in Nigeria claim 192 lives

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Egypt imposes curfew in Cairo as at least 25 killed in clashes

News4u-News Desk-Egypt’s military ruler has imposed a curfew on Cairo’s Tahrir area as at least 25 people, including three soldiers, were killed and 170 injured after Coptic Christians protesting over an attack on a church clashed with security forces in the capital.

 

Central Cairo witnessed a demonstration by activists against the military rule while police augmented by special forces deployed in the area called on protesters to leave before the curfew because they have been ordered to treat people breaking the curfew with firmness.

The curfew is to last from 2 am to 7 am Cairo Local Time.

Despite the head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi issuing a decree to halt presenting civilians to military courts except in cases stated by the military law, people arrested in Sunday’s events might face military trials as they have attacked army members.

Other protests in Egyptian cities have peacefully ended and in particular in Alexandira where thousands of Copts had surrounded a military area and torched cars nearby.

Copts had arranged for a rally in Cairo in objection to recent clashes last week in the area of Idfu in Aswan, Egypts furthest governorate south. Muslims had attacked a building they claimed Copts were turning into a church accusing them of not having the needed permits.

Nothing was done to prevent the issue from escalating as the governor confirmed the permits were not requested from the official bodies. To reply the Copts published copies of the permits in newspapers signed by the governor himself.

The governor did not apologise but noted “he was suffering fatigue when he signed the papers and hence cannot remember.”

Copts have been organizing rallies all through the week. The rallies started from the area of Shubra where a large number of Copts live to the Egyptian Radio and TV building.

Sunday’s rally was no different but Copts abroad were expected to organize concurrent rallies in foreign countries.

It is not clear which side started the violence but a few hours later the official TV announced three army soldiers dead and several injured after the presenter claimed the Copts attacked the Egyptian army.

Hundreds of Egyptians were reported to have headed to down town Cairo chanting “Muslims and Copts, we are all Egyptians.”

Prime Minister Esam Sharaf was said to be closely watching developments and holding a meeting with a crisis management team of the cabinet.


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Bangkok cleans up after week-long clashes

News4u-News Desk-Violence-weary residents ofBangkok worked to clean and rebuild their city on Friday after a week of mayhem left 52 people dead and 401 injured, according to government figures.

The city’s Erawan Emergency Centre said 159 people remained hospitalized, 15 of them in intensive care.

The violence reached a peak on Wednesday when 15 people were killed and 103 injured during and after an assault by army troops on the central Ratchaprasong district, where protestors calling for the dissolution of parliament and new elections had been camped on the streets and sidewalks since 3rd April.

The local government said more than 300 incidents of rioters vandalizing public property had been reported since Wednesday with 36 buildings destroyed or damaged by arson attacks.

A curfew of 9 pm to 5 am was in force until at least Sunday morning, and the skytrain and subway transit systems remained out of service. Government offices were closed until Monday.

Parts of Rama IV Road, which cuts through the centre of the city and was the scene of fierce clashes between troops and rioters, remained a shambles Friday with burned tyres, trash and the smoldering ruins of many ruined shops and food stalls littering the area.

Military officials said it would be at least another day or two until the Ratchaprasong area, home to some of the city’s most luxurious shopping malls and hotels, could be reopened to the public.

The Bangkok Post website quoted Lieutenant General Dapong Rattanasuwan as saying security officials entering the area on Thursday found gas tanks that were hidden inside the Four Seasons Hotel, were wired with explosives and ready to go off.

A large part of the Central World shopping mall, one of the biggest shopping centres in Asia, collapsed after it was set alight by angry protestors when troops and armoured vehicles moved in Wednesday.

Central World is part of the Central Department Group, deemed a supporter of Thailand’s bureaucratic elite, which was vilified by the demonstration’s leaders, who painted their movement as a “class war” and “people’s revolution.”

Protestors also set fire to 10 branches of Bangkok Bank, another business group deemed close to the establishment, and an 11th branch was set on fire west of Bangkok Thursday night.

The United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), which is supported politically and financially by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, started demonstrating inBangkok 12th March.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva offered a “road map” for reconciliation, proposing an early dissolution of parliament and an election in November in return for an end to the Bangkokprotests, but UDD leaders could not persuade their hard-line followers to abandon the Ratchaprasong protest site.

When the army moved in Wednesday and the UDD leaders surrendered to police, the militants went on the rampage, hitting specific targets deemed to be allied to their enemies.

Bangkok cleans up after week-long clashes

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Wounded rogue Thai general dies as clashes leave 36 dead

News4u-News Desk-A rogue Thai general who helped anti-government protesters and was shot by an unidentified sniper died on Monday from his wounds, raising fears of new violence after five days of street battles that have killed 36 people in downtown Bangkok.

Maj Gen Khattiya Sawasdiphol, a renegade army officer accused of creating a paramilitary force for the Red Shirt protesters, died of gunshot wounds, the Vajira Hospitalreported. The death came five days after he was shot in the head by a sniper in downtown Bangkok while talking to journalists inside the perimeter of the protest zone.
The attack on Khattiya, more popularly known as Seh Daeng, triggered widespread street fighting between anti-government protesters and the army in central Bangkok.

“Seh Daeng has accomplished his duty. All of us here have the duty to carry on the quest for justice,” a Red Shirt leader, Jatuporn Prompan, said. He said that the only hope now to end the violence was intervention by Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The 82-year-old monarch, hospitalized since September, has remained publicly silent on the crisis unlike decades past when he stepped in to stop bloodshed.

The Red Shirts have been protesting since mid-March demanding the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, the dissolution of Parliament and new elections.

Anti-government unrest that has boiled over in downtownBangkok spread yesterday to other areas of the capital. The Thai military has defended its use of force, and the government flatly rejected protesters’ demands that the United Nations intercede to end the chaos.

Rapid gunfire and explosions echoed before dawn on Monday outside luxury hotels bordering the barricaded protest zone, where the military has attempted to seal in thousands of demonstrators camping in the downtown streets.

Guests at the upscale Dusit Thani hotel were rushed to the basement for safety, and the management this morning asked all guests to check out by noon.

Reporters at the scene said the gunfire came both from government forces and protesters holed up inside the encampment who appear to have stockpiled a sizable arsenal of weapons.
On Sunday, towering plumes of black smoke hung over city streets where protesters set fire to tires, fired homemade rockets and threw gasoline bombs at soldiers who used rubber bullets and live ammunition to pick off rioters who approached their lines.

Army sharpshooters crouched behind sandbags carefully taking aim and firing to keep attackers at bay.

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Thai protesters call for talks as clashes leave 33 dead

News4u-News Desk-Thailand’s “Red Shirt” protesters appealed in vain for UN-mediated talks with the government after three days of street battles in the capital left at least 33 people dead and 239 wounded.

A luxury hotel overlooking the sprawling protest site came under gunfire in the early hours of Monday morning and was rattled by an explosion, prompting guests to shelter in the basement.

Three commercial buildings in another area were devastated by fire.
A top protest leader urged the revered king to intervene in the crisis, which has turned areas of the city of 12 million people into no-go zones as troops use live ammunition against demonstrators, some of them armed.

The Reds, whose vast base in the heart of Bangkok is under siege by troops, said they were ready to enter peace talks with the government “immediately” as long as the United Nations mediated.

“We want the UN because we don’t trust we will receive justice from organizations in Thailand,” protest leader Nattawut Saikuar said as the death toll from the urban warfare jumped by seven Sunday.

The idea was quickly shot down by the government, which has repeatedly warned foreign governments not to meddle in its affairs.

“No governments allow any organizations to intervene in their internal affairs,” spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said.

Previous talks between the two sides have failed to reach an agreement, despite an offer — since withdrawn — by the embattled premier to hold elections in November if the opposition demonstrators go home.

Thai protesters call for talks as clashes leave 33 dead

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New violence in Bangkok after nightlong clashes

News4u-News Desk-Fresh violence erupted in the Thai capital on Friday after a govt attempt to blockade anti-govt protesters and an assassination attempt on a rogue general supporting them triggered nightlong street clashes that killed one person.

The violence, which so far has claimed 30 lives and injured hundreds, plunged Thailand deeper into political uncertainty, with both sides hardening their positions.

Gunshots rang out throughout the night and into the morning in central Bangkok. At daybreak, a group of protesters captured and vandalised two military water cannon trucks at the intersection of Sathorn and Rama IV roads in the heart of the business district.

They ripped the cannon from its moorings and used its plastic barrel to shoot firecrackers from behind a sandbag bunker they had commandeered from soldiers.

The so-called Red Shirt protesters, who have taken over an upscale 3-square-kilometre area in central Bangkok, vowed they will not give up until the government resigns and early elections are called.

“I’m not scared. We are here only to ask for democracy. Why are we facing violence?” Mukda Saelim, 39, a mushroom farmer from Chonburi province, said. “I don’t have anything to fight them, but I’m not afraid. You asked if this is safe? It’s not.”

The Red Shirts believe Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s coalition government came to power illegitimately through manipulation of the courts and the backing of the powerful military.

They are demanding he dissolve Parliament immediately and call new elections. Chances of a compromise dimmed further after renegade army Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdiphol, who is accused of creating a paramilitary force for the Red Shirts, was shot in the head Thursday evening.

He was talking to reporters just inside the perimeter of the protesters’ encampment in Saladeng when the bullet hit him. He was taken to a hospital in a coma and was in critical condition. The hospital said his brain had swollen and he was unlikely to survive.

It was not known who shot Khattiya, better known by the nickname Seh Daeng. But the Red Shirts blamed the government.

“This is illegal use of force ordered by Abhisit Vejjajiva,” said Arisman Pongruengrong, a Red Shirt leader. “It is clear that there were no clashes at Saladeng, but Seh Daeng was shot by a government sniper. This is clearly a use of war weapons on the people.”

In the ensuing clashes, a protester was shot and killed by troops. His death raised to 30 the number of people who have died in Thailand’s latest round of political violence.

Thai soldiers guard against smoke as anti-government protesters burned tires in downtown Bangkok, Thailand

Thai soldiers guard against smoke as anti-government protesters burned tires in downtown Bangkok, Thailand

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New violence in Bangkok after nightlong clashes

News4u-News Desk-Fresh violence erupted in the Thai capital on Friday after a govt attempt to blockade anti-govt protesters and an assassination attempt on a rogue general supporting them triggered nightlong street clashes that killed one person.

The violence, which so far has claimed 30 lives and injured hundreds, plunged Thailand deeper into political uncertainty, with both sides hardening their positions.

Gunshots rang out throughout the night and into the morning in central Bangkok. At daybreak, a group of protesters captured and vandalised two military water cannon trucks at the intersection of Sathorn and Rama IV roads in the heart of the business district.

They ripped the cannon from its moorings and used its plastic barrel to shoot firecrackers from behind a sandbag bunker they had commandeered from soldiers.

The so-called Red Shirt protesters, who have taken over an upscale 3-square-kilometre area in central Bangkok, vowed they will not give up until the government resigns and early elections are called.

“I’m not scared. We are here only to ask for democracy. Why are we facing violence?” Mukda Saelim, 39, a mushroom farmer from Chonburi province, said. “I don’t have anything to fight them, but I’m not afraid. You asked if this is safe? It’s not.”

The Red Shirts believe Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s coalition government came to power illegitimately through manipulation of the courts and the backing of the powerful military.

They are demanding he dissolve Parliament immediately and call new elections. Chances of a compromise dimmed further after renegade army Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdiphol, who is accused of creating a paramilitary force for the Red Shirts, was shot in the head Thursday evening.

He was talking to reporters just inside the perimeter of the protesters’ encampment in Saladeng when the bullet hit him. He was taken to a hospital in a coma and was in critical condition. The hospital said his brain had swollen and he was unlikely to survive.

It was not known who shot Khattiya, better known by the nickname Seh Daeng. But the Red Shirts blamed the government.

“This is illegal use of force ordered by Abhisit Vejjajiva,” said Arisman Pongruengrong, a Red Shirt leader. “It is clear that there were no clashes at Saladeng, but Seh Daeng was shot by a government sniper. This is clearly a use of war weapons on the people.”

In the ensuing clashes, a protester was shot and killed by troops. His death raised to 30 the number of people who have died in Thailand’s latest round of political violence.

Thai soldiers guard against smoke as anti-government protesters burned tires in downtown Bangkok, Thailand

Thai soldiers guard against smoke as anti-government protesters burned tires in downtown Bangkok, Thailand

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North-south Sudan clashes kill 58, injure 85

News4u-News Desk-Clashes between south Sudan’s army and Darfuri Arab tribes killed 58 people, raising tensions along the north-south border as results of the first open elections in 24 years are released, officials said on Sunday.

Sudan’s oil-producing south was allowed to keep a separate army and form a semi-autonomous government in a 2005 peace deal ending more than two decades of civil war with the north.

Southerners will also vote in a key referendum on 9th January, 2011 on independence.

“There was movement from the Rizeigat (tribe) and from the SPLA (the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army). I can’t tell you who attacked who first but they clashed,” Rizeigat Arab tribal leader Mohamed Eissa Aliu told the news agency from South Darfur.

“It happened on Friday and those killed from the Rizeigat were 58 and 85 injured,” he said, adding the attack was in Balballa, South Darfur, which borders Western Bahr al-Ghazal in the south.

The SPLA said they were attacked by the northern army (SAF) in Raja, a remote part of Western Bahr al-Ghazal state, near where at least 5 officials from the dominant northern National Congress Party (NCP) and four others were killed by an SPLA soldier in murky circumstances during five-days of voting which began on 11th April.

“Our company came under attack from the SAF forces yesterday afternoon,” SPLA spokesman Malaak Ayuen said late on Saturday.

“The SAF was using four land cruisers with mounted machine guns.

A SAF spokesman denied any involvement but confirmed the SPLA attack on the Rizeigat in Darfur, calling it “a clear violation of the (peace deal).”

Results of the elections, marred by boycotts in the north and opposition accusations of fraud, are slowly being announced after days of delays.

The NCP and the ex-southern rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) will form a coalition government following the elections, after both parties look set to maintain their respective dominance in the north and the south.

The international community is concerned that less then eight months ahead of the key 2011 plebiscite on independence, key issues like the demarcation of the north-south border, grazing rights of nomadic tribes and citizenship have not yet been agreed by the partners in peace.

The north-south civil war, Africa’s longest, has raged on and off since 1955.

It claimed 2 million lives mostly through hunger and disease and destabilized much of east Africa.

The south, which follows mostly Christianity or traditional religions, fought the mainly Muslim north over issues including oil, ethnicity and ideology.

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Thailand in turmoil after 19 die in bloody clashes

News4u-News Desk-Bangkok, (AFP) Thailand was reeling today from its worst political violence in nearly two decades after clashes between the army and anti-government demonstrators left 19 people dead and over 800 injured.

Fourteen civilians, including a Japanese TV cameraman, and five soldiers were killed in yesterday’s crackdown on “Red Shirt” supporters of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra in Bangkok, the emergency services told AFP.

The violence erupted when troops tried to clear one of two sites in central Bangkok occupied by the protesters for the past month. Soldiers fired in the air and used tear gas, and the Reds responded by hurling rocks.

As the clashes intensified gunshots echoed around the city and both sides accused the other of using live ammunition. Emergency services said two protesters were killed by gunshot wounds to the head.

At once stage protesters overwhelmed and captured an armoured personnel carrier.

Thailand in turmoil after 19 die in bloody clashes

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