16 AFRICA Monday, March 5 2018 | NEW ERA Sahel jihadists claim deadly twin attacks in Burkina Faso OUAGADOUGOU A jihadist group allied to al-Qaeda on Saturday claimed responsibility for a deadly co-ordinated assault on the French embassy in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadoudou, and the country’s military HQ, condemned by the prime minister as a “cowardly” terrorist attack. Eight armed forces personnel West African nation on Friday, the government said, while a French security source said 12 more were seriously injured. Eight attackers were also killed and 80 people, including civil- The government said the attack on the military HQ was a suicide car bombing and that a regional anti-terrorism meeting may have been the intended target. 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The Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) claimed to have carried out the twin attacks, in a message cited by Mauritania’s Al-Akhbar news agency. Led by the Malian jihadist Iyad Ag Ghaly, the group is allied to al-Qaeda and has claimed responsibility for previous attacks in the troubled Sahel region. GSIM said the Ouagadoudou attacks were a response to the deaths of some of its leaders “in a French army raid in northern Mali two weeks ago,” the agency reported. According to French military sources, some 20 jihadists were “killed OTAVI TOWN COUNCIL PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT OPEN NATIONAL BID INVITATION BIDS ARE INVITED FROM EXPERIENCED BIDDERS A compulsory site meeting will be held on 9 March 2018 at 11:00 at the Otavi Town Council Chambers The Secretary, Procurement Committee Otavi Town Council Union Street, Otavi Namibia Burkinabe gendarme vehicles block a street in Ouagadougou on March 2 as the capital of Burkina Faso came under multiple attacks targeting the French embassy, the French cultural centre and the country›s military headquarters. Photo: Nampa/AFP or captured” on that occasion. Authorities on Saturday began to gather clues at the two attack sites. The car bomb explosion left a huge crater in the pavement by the military HQ and a hole in the side of the building, with windows smashed and bullet holes in the walls. “This is a terrorist attack, linked to a current or another terrorist movement in the Sahel... or to others who want to destabilise or block our democratic progress,” said communication minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou on Saturday morning. Two people were arrested near the military HQ, a security source told AFP. “It was a panic yesterday (Friday). People were running around in the city, trying to get home. Shops were closing, schools too,” said Sayouba Ouedraogo, a 36-year-old driver. A salesman who usually sells cigarettes in front of the French Embassy, Zondi Mahamadi, 52, said it was chaos: “People ran, they left everything, even motorcycles, bikes, we climbed a fence to get away.” “Does religion command people to kill? Religion has never said that,” he added. The violence began mid-morning in the centre of the Burkinabe capital. Witnesses said five men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles on passers-by before heading towards the French embassy. They were “dressed in civilian clothes” with their faces uncovered, witnesses said. At the same time, the bomb went off near the headquarters of the Burkinabe armed forces, about a kilometre (half A gunman who attacked the LAGOS Humanitarian work has been suspended until next weekend in a remote town in northeast Nigeria after a Boko Haram attack killed three aid workers, the UN said on Saturday. The attack happened on Thursday evening in Rann, near the border with Cameroon, where nearly 80,000 people depend on emergency food aid and medical care. At least one other aid worker was critically injured and another three were missing. Eight Nigerian soldiers were also killed. A UN spokeswoman in Abuja, Samantha Newport, told AFP: “Operations in Rann were temporarily suspended for one week from yesterday morning (Friday). “Yesterday, we evacuated 52 aid workers and the three deceased, in addition to 300 kilos (661 lbs) of medical supplies that were going to go bad.” The aid workers are not believed to caught up in an attack on the military. Those killed were Nigerians working for the International Organization for Migration and the UN children’s fund Unicef. The injured and missing are also locals. military HQ was wearing the uniform of the national army, according to a security source. Mali, Mauritania and Niger had gathered at the HQ for a G5 Sahel meeting, an anti-jihadist group which aims to train 5,000 troops and be fully operational by the end of the month. The location of the meeting was changed at the last moment, Security Minister Clement Sawadogo said. Four attackers were shot outside the French embassy and another four at the military HQ, another security source told AFP. “After soft targets, such as hotels and restaurants, this attack aimed at hard targets, strong symbols,” Paul Koalaga, a security consultant in Burkina Faso said, adding there appeared to be “a problem at the intelligence level”. Burkina Faso has been the target of jihadist attacks since 2015, and this is the third time in two years that Ouagadougou is the target of jihadist attacks targeting places frequented by Westerners. On August 13 last year, two assail- the capital’s main avenue, killing 19 people and wounding 21. No one has so far claimed responsibility for it. On January 15, 2016, 30 people – including six Canadians and five Europeans – were killed in a jihadist attack on a hotel and restaurant in the city centre. GSIM also claimed responsibility for a February 21 attack near the border with Niger which left two French soldiers dead and a third injured in an area which is believed to shelter jihadists. Bank security guard Alassane Sawadogo on Saturday criticised the government for the security situation. “The government only has to negotiate with the jihadists, if they “We’re fed up and tired,” he added. – Nampa/AFP Boko Haram attack halts aid in remote Nigerian town Newport said an assessment would be conducted in the coming days about damage caused to facilities used in the relief effort, as well as security. But she said there would be “extremely minimal impact” on people in Rann, where 55,000 people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict are housed in a camp. O p e r a t i o n s e l s e w h e r e i n the region were also continuing as normal, she added. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which has worked in Rann since January 2017, announced on Friday it had suspended medical activities and withdrawn 22 staff. It said it would return “as soon as the conditions allow”. In January 2017, a botched Nigerian air strike intended to hit jihadist Rann as aid workers distributed food. Six Nigerian Red Cross workers were among the dead. At least 20,000 people have been killed and more than two million others made homeless in Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency since 2009. manitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad region, particularly chronic food shortages.
Monday, March 5 2018 | NEW ERA WORLD 17 China downplays lifting of presidential term limita BEIJING China sought on Sunday to downplay the Communist Party’s move to scrap presidential term limits, a decision that could pave the way for Xi Jinping to remain president for life. The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s rubber-stamp parliament, will vote on March 11 on constitutional amendments which include the scrapping of a rule limiting the top leader to two five-year terms. NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui told a news conference that the move will merely align the presidency with the titles of Communist Party general secretary and Military Commission chairman, which do not have term limits. “It is conducive to uphold the authority of the Central Committee of the party with comrade Xi Jinping at the core and also to unify leadership,” Zhang said on the eve of the opening of the NPC’s annual session. Zhang revealed that the party’s Central Committee proposed the constitutional amendments, which include adding Xi’s eponymous political guidelines to the country’s charter, in January. public on February 25 in a report The announcement sparked a rare bout of public criticism, prompting censors to work furiously to stamp out dissenting posts on social media. Xi has consolidated power since but the move to lift presidential term limits surprised even the most experienced China watchers. China’s late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping championed a system of “collective” leadership to prevent a return of the chaotic years under Mao Zedong’s one-man rule from 1949 to his death in 1976. The presidential term limits were engraved in the state constitution in 1982. “The constitution must adapt to the changing circumstances, in- Consolidation… NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui told a news conference that the move will merely align the presidency with the titles of Communist Party general secretary and Military Commission chairman, which do not have term limits. achievements and lay out new guidelines to remain relevant,” Zhang said. “Revising the constitution is certainly a big event in the country’s political life and it is also a major legislative activity that will have wide-ranging implications.” US President Donald Trump had his own views on Xi’s power play on Saturday, according to audio from a closed-door Florida fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort published by news outlet CNN. “He’s now president for life,” the 71-year-old US president said, eliciting chuckles from the crowd of Republican donors. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great.” He garnered even more laughs when he quipped: “Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.” – Nampa/AFP Iran says no missile talks unless West gives up its nuclear weapons TSUMEB MUNICIPALITY NOTICE TO SUPPLIERS TEHRAN Iran’s armed forces spokesman said on Saturday that there can be no talks on the country’s missile programme without the West’s destruction of its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. “What Americans say out of desperation with regards to limiting the Islamic republic of Iran’s missile capability is an unattainable dream,” Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri “The condition for negotiations on Iran’s missiles is the destruction of America’s and Europe’s nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.” Jazayeri said US criticism of Iran’s missile programme was driven by “their failures and defeats in the region”. US President Donald Trump has clear deal between Iran and world powers unless more is done to curb Iran’s missile programme. European governments have been scrambling to appease Trump and keep the deal intact, and have voiced increasing concern over Iran’s missile programme. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is due to visit Iran on Monday, said last month that its missile programme and involve- to be addressed if Iran “wants to return to the family of nations”. Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, criticised Le Drian’s position on Saturday, just two days before they are expected to meet. “Iran’s defence programme is not the concern of other countries such as France, that they should come and tell us what missiles we can have. Do we tell France how it should defend itself?” he told the semi-official ISNA news agency. “If Le Drian’s visit is aimed at reinforcing our relations, he would do well to avoid negative positions,” Velayati added. - Nampa/AFP Netanyahu opposes early polls as graft probes intensify JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he opposes early elections, as corruption probes linked to him intensify speculation over his future. Israeli media have raised the possibility of a June poll, with graft investigations potentially weakening the premier’s ability to hold together his right-wing coalition. “There is no reason for that to happen if there is good will,” Netanyahu said before departing for a visit to the United States late Saturday. “For me, there is good will. I hope that the other (coalition) partners also have it.” Netanyahu will meet US President Donald Trump on Monday at the White House and is set to address pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC on Tuesday. Israeli police recommended Netanyahu’s indictment in two corruption cases last month and investigations are continuing in others. He and his wife Sara were questioned by police on Friday in a third case of alleged graft. At the same time, there are signs that a split is emerging within his coalition that threatens to pull the government apart. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties want a law passed to allow religious students to continue to be exempted from military conscription. Other members of the coalition oppose such a law, but the ultra-Orthodox have that Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon wants to see approved this month. - Nampa/AFP NOTICE NO. 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