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3 killed in Plateau ambush

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Troops kill 5 suspected herdsmen, as bandits renew attacks on Benue communities

…As Egypt anti-jihadist sweep kills 28 militants***

Three people were,Saturday night, ambushed and killed in Zangwra community, Miango District, Irigwe Chiefdom of Plateau State in what residents say is yet another attack by herdsmen. The three were said to have met their death while returning home on a motorcycle while two others escaped with injuries.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Terna Tyopev, confirmed the incident saying it occurred at about 7.30pm on Saturday and was reported at about 8pm by residents.

A resident named those killed as John Esije, 32, Monday Nzwe, 38, and Mr. Saku Giyeri, 41years and the survivors identified as Sunday Bala, 33 and Gudu Gara, 25. Both have been taken to an undisclosed hospital.

The District Head of Miango, Daniel Chega, regretted that the incident occurred after series of security meetings and agreements with security agencies and the herdsmen’s leaders aimed at ending the killings.

He called on villagers to remain calm and not take laws into their hands and appealed to security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the act.

In the meantime, a major operation against jihadists in Egypt has killed 28 fighters in the Sinai Peninsula since it was launched by the military on Friday, the army said on Monday.

Another 126 jihadists have been arrested since “Operation Sinai 2018” was launched in the Sinai from Israel, the central Nile Delta and the Western Desert near the border with Libya, the army said.

The security sweep comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seeking re-election in March, after a first term in office that has seen him crack down on an Islamist insurgency and other opponents.

Egypt’s security forces have been increasingly targeted by jihadists since the army in 2013 — then headed by Sisi — overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Militants linked to the Islamic State group have waged a deadly insurgency in the Sinai against Egyptian security forces.

The Egyptian air force and the navy have been taking part in the operation, with the Sinai sweep focusing on targets in the north and centre of the peninsula.

On Sunday the army said it had killed 16 jihadists in the Sinai, and on Monday spokesman Tamer el-Rifai reported 12 others were killed in clashes with troops.

In total 126 jihadists have been arrested and as many of their hideouts destroyed, the army has said.

The operation has also destroyed several vehicles and warehouses, it added.

In November, Sisi ordered his armed forces chief of staff to restore security in Sinai within three months after militants killed more than 300 worshippers at a mosque.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Egypt has been under a state of emergency since April last year, after two suicide bombings at churches claimed by IS killed at least 45 people in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.

Vanguard with additional report from Punch

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Ministers from 50 countries to discuss future of transport worldwide

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TRANSPORTATION: Mu'azu Sambo builds Ultramodern Mosque, Igniting mixed reactions

Transport ministers from some 50 countries, as well as policymakers and industry representatives, are expected to attend the International Transport Forum (ITF) in the German city of Leipzig.

Transport must be made more sustainable, British Transport Minister Mark Harper said at the opening of the summit on Wednesday.

Britain presides over this year’s forum.

Harper said that the question was not whether transport had to be made more sustainable, but how quickly emissions could be reduced.

Germany’s Transport Minister Volker Wissing is also expected to attend the summit.

Industry experts will discuss current issues and challenges facing the transport sector.

The secretary general of the International Transport Forum, Young Tae Kim from South Korea, said the focus is not only on a sustainable future but also on making greener mobility options accessible for all.

“We need to do more and we need to do it now,” Young said of developing sustainable options for the future.

TRANSPORTATION: Mu'azu Sambo builds Ultramodern Mosque, Igniting mixed reactions
*Muazu Jaji Sambo, outgoing Minister of Transportation

Discussions will also be held with the goal to continue talks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai at the end of 2023.

During the ITF summit, panel discussions and lectures are planned until May 26 with a focus on goals that are in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

The countries that signed the Paris Climate Agreement committed to keeping global warming well below two degrees compared to pre-industrial levels, but if possible will limit it to 1.5 degrees. 

– dpa

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Italian Police Seize 2.7 Tonnes Of Cocaine Hidden Among Bananas

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Italian police on Tuesday said they seized 2.7 tonnes of cocaine from a port in the southern region of Calabria.

Italy’s Guardia di Finanza police force said that officers found 2,734 kilogrammes of extremely pure cocaine in two 12-meter-long refrigerated containers hidden among 78 tonnes of bananas.

This took place in the port of Gioia Tauro, calling the operation a “record seizure.’’

Police said they estimated the drugs to have a street value of some 800 million euros (870 million dollars).

The containers, which were coming from Guayaquil in Ecuador, were bound for Armenia and were due to go by the Georgian city of Batumi, the Guardia di Finanza said. 

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U.S. tanks land in Germany for Ukrainian training

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…Macron says France ready to train Ukrainian fighter jet pilots

The 31 tanks the United States (U.S.) promised earlier this year to deliver to Ukraine have arrived at a military training centre in Germany, the U.S. Defence Department said.

“I can confirm that the 31 M1 Abrams training tanks have arrived at Grafenwöhr, Germany in preparation for subsequent training of Ukrainian tank crewson Monday.

Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said in Washington on Tuesday.

Grafenwöhr, in northern Bavaria, is home to a U.S. military training base.

Ryder said Ukrainian crews were expected to arrive and begin training within the next couple of weeks.

“As we’ve discussed previously, this extensive training programme for Ukrainian crews and maintainers is intended to prepare them for their critical roles ahead in effectively operating the M1 tank and defending Ukrainian people.’’

At the end of April, U.S. Chief of Staff Mark Milley said at a meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group at the U.S. airbase in Ramstein.

He said that Washington would first supply Abrams tanks that were not fit for combat, but could be used for training.

The Abrams tanks intended for the battlefield are still being repaired.

U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said the U.S. had accelerated the delivery in order to be able to provide Ukraine with more armoured equipment in the coming months.

The long-awaited decision to send 31 U.S. tanks to Ukraine was made back in January, in conjunction with Germany’s drawn-out decision on whether or not to send Kiev Leopard main battle tanks. 

In a related development, hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said the country would train Ukrainian fighter jet pilots, but he would not send the planes.

“We have opened the door to train Ukrainian pilots.

“The training can start from now.

”Several European countries had decided it was now necessary to start training,” Macron said.

Zelensky made the surprise trip to France on Sunday, on the heel of visits to Germany and Italy.

A Ukraine-France joint statement said new supplies would be prepared to address the most pressing and immediate needs to strengthen Ukraine’s defences.

The statement said that Paris would continue to help Kiev defend itself, “focusing its effort in supporting Ukraine’s air defence capacities in order to defend its population against Russian strikes.” 

– dpa

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