Mogadishu blast: Death toll reaches 53, over 60 injured; govt blames Al-Qaeda-linked group for attack (By Firstpost)

1. Mogadishu: The death toll from a huge truck bomb blast in Somalia’s capital rose to 53 as hospitals struggled to cope with the high number of casualties, security and medical sources said on Sunday.

2. Somalia’s government has blamed the al-Qaeda-linked al- Shabab extremist group for the attack it called a “national disaster.

3. Somalia’s government has yet to release the exact death toll from an explosion many called the most powerful they had ever witnessed in Mogadishu.

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US destroying Syrian cities liberated from ISIS to obstruct pro-Assad forces (By RT)

1. The liberation of Al-Mayadeen is a very important achievement for the Syrian army, because it strengthens its grip on one key city that lies on the line of communication that links Syria to Iraq, on the one hand, and at the same time it strengthens the position of the Syrian army in Deir ez-Zor, and it gives the Syrian army better access to northeastern Syria, in order to obstruct the attempts of the Americans and their allies to have like an autonomous region in northeastern Syria – specially at the time when the Kurdish forces have taken over Raqqa, and they have let ISIS forces to withdraw from the city with the objective of heading eastward in order to block the Syrian army from achieving major successes towards linking with Iraq.

2. But I believe at the same time that the big challenge for the Syrian army and their allies is mainly the American interference in northeastern Syria, because they are backing Kurdish troops to control that area and call for an autonomous region there in order for the US to have an area of influence in northeastern Syria.

3. At the same time, the plan of ISIS was to hold on to Deir ez-Zor in order to obstruct the attempt of the Syrian army to have a strong position on the Euphrates in order to cross to the northern area of Syria.

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Nobody should kill Nigerian in South Africa (By Vanguard)

1. According to the release, “President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma has said that a South African must not kill a Nigerian and a Nigerian must not kill a South African, adding that the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa should be stronger than any other part, for the sake of the Continent of Africa.

2. Zuma was quoted to have made the statement, through a release issued to newsmen in Owerri, by the Chief Press Secretary, to Governor Okorocha, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, after receiving the Imo merit award and signing of Memoranda of understanding between Zuma foundation and Rochas foundation of Africa.

3. Owerri – The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, Sunday, warned that no Nigerian citizen should be killed in any parts of South Africa.

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Indonesia to promote tourism in United Arab Emirates (By Jakarta Post)

1. According to the ministry’s deputy assistant for Europe, the United States, Middle East and Africa tourism promotion Nia Niscaya, UAE’s market ratio is still smaller than Saudi Arabia and Oman, however the nation has a total population of 10 million.

2. The Tourism Ministry is set to hold Sales Mission events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Oct. 18-19. .

3. “The impact of [Saudi Arabian] King Salman’s 12-day visit to Indonesia is very huge, that’s why we are going to hold Wonderful Indonesia Sales Mission in UAE,” said the ministry’s deputy minister for overseas promotion I Gde Pitana.

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How Nigeria’s 36 states shared N173.8 billion in September (By Premium Times)

1. From the data, the top 10 earning states from the federation account for the month are Delta, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Borno, Oyo, Jigawa state in that order.

2. The report showed that the other deductions covered National Water Rehabilitation Projects, National Agricultural Technology Support, Salary bailout, Payment for Fertilizer, State Water Supply Project, State Agriculture Project and National Fadama Project.

3. NAN reports that at the last Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in September, federal, states and local governments shared N637.

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Monkeypox: DHQ breaks silence on allegations against Nigerian military (By Daily Post Nigeria)

1. “In this regard, quick impact medical outreaches are usually conducted during deliberate operations such as the war against insurgency and terrorism in the North East and routine training exercise like Egwu Eke II in the South East among others” the statement read.

2. Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, in a statement on Saturday explained that the medical exercise in the South East was a normal medical operation that had been replicated in other parts of the country.

3. He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria has been in the global best military practice of impacting on the lives of Nigerians through medical outreaches.

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The forgotten Christians of Nigeria — faithful while enduring incredible persecution (By Fox News)

1. Speaking at a conference in London some years ago, Peter Akinola, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, boldly chastised the West:.

2. The World Health Organization considers Nigeria the most dangerous country in the world to travel by road and, brother, I can tell you they are right.

3. The good one that brings freedom, education, health care, and the eternal hope of Jesus Christ; and the bad one that uses every coercive power it possesses to bully the Third World into implementing permissive policies on abortion and homosexuality.

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Nigerian Army ends operation python dance in Southeast (By Daily Post Nigeria)

1. In attendance ​w​ere representative of the Chief of Training and Operations Army Headquarters, Brigadier General Ndalolo, Defence Headquarters Observer Team led by Commodore Shammah, Security Adviser to Abia State Governor, Captain (rtd) Idonsi Awa and the Commanders of 14 and 34 Brigades​, ​Brigadier Generals AK Ibrahim and IH Bature.

2. ​, ​Eng​r Emmanuel Nwabuko expressed appreciation of the government and people of the State for the numerous achievements of Exercise EGWU EKE 11 in terms of improvement of peace, security and stability of the State.

3. ​”​the achievements recorded in the areas of attainment of the mission specific training objectives, improvement in peace and security, curtailing the menace of violent irredentist groups in the theatre of the ​e​xercise is remarkable​”​.

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GOC: Nigerian Army Committed to Welfare of Soldiers (By THISDAY Newspapers)

1. The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the welfare of soldiers and their professional development.

2. A statement signed by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Maj. Clement Obiade, said the project was made possible through the intervention of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, aimed at rehabilitating dilapidated facilities.

3. Oyebode, who charged the troops to always ensure maintenance of facilities provided for them, also commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari towards ensuring that resources are provided not only for operational activities but also for the troops’ welfare.

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