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Monday, November 27 2017 | NEW ERA AFRICA 14 Egypt mourns more than 300 killed in mosque attack CAIRO Egypt mourned on Saturday as the death toll from a gun and bomb assault on a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula soared above 300, including children, in the deadliest attack the country has witnessed. The army said warplanes had struck militant hideouts in the insurgency-wracked North Sinai in retaliation. According to the state prosecution, up to 30 militants in State group’s black banner had surrounded the mosque and massacred the worshippers during weekly Friday prayers. Twenty-seven children were among the dead, it said. IS has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is the main suspect as the mosque is associated with followers of the mystical it has branded heretics. Funerals for the victims were held overnight and many were buried unwashed in their bloodied clothes, according to the Islamic burial practices for martyrs, se- Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared three days of mourning and vowed to “respond with brutal force” to the attack, among the deadliest in the world since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. “The army and police will avenge our martyrs and return security and stability with force Ruins… A picture taken on Saturday shows the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometres west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, after a gun and bomb attack. in the coming short period,” he said in a televised speech. Hours later Egyptian air force jets pursued the “terrorists and discovered several vehicles used in the terrorist attack, killing those inside near the vicinity of the attack”, an army spokesman said. said in a statement that 305 people were killed and 128 wounded in the assault on the Rawda mosque in a village roughly 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the North Sinai JOIN NAMIBIA’S PREMIER TERTIARY INSTITUTION VACANCIES capital of El-Arish. It said the attackers, with long beards and hair often seen terrain vehicles and surrounded the mosque. Witnesses said they heard gunshots and explosions before the assailants entered the mosque, according to the prosecution. “Nobody in that mosque escaped unharmed,” said the brother of the mosque’s imam, or prayer leader, Mohamed Abdel Fattah. “He was shot in the foot,” the brother, Ahmed, told AFP in a phone call, adding that the religious leader was still in “too much shock” to speak. One of the wounded, Magdy Rizk, told AFP assailants wore masks and military uniforms, and that extremists had previously threatened people in the area. Relatives visited victims in hospital in the city of Ismailia near the Suez Canal where the wounded were taken for treatment, an AFP photographer reported. Locals and relatives of people living in the village where the attack happened said the Rawda mosque was prominent. “This is the largest mosque in the area. It is the parent mosque, where events take place, funerals and weddings. When full it has 600 or 700 people,” said Ahmed Sweilam, whose cousins live in the village. “Darkness pervades the village now.” World leaders voiced outrage. US President Donald Trump denounced on Twitter the “horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenceless worshippers”. Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest institution of Sunni Islam, condemned “in the strongest terms this barbaric terrorist attack”. Israel’s Prime Minister called for unity against “terrorism”, saying: “Terrorism will be defeated even more quickly if all countries work against it together.” The Egypt branch of IS has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, and also civilians accused of working with the authorities, in attacks in the north of the Sinai peninsula. as Christians. A tribal leader and head of a Bedouin Rawda mosque is known as a place the intercession of saints. The group has also killed more than 100 Christians in church bombings and shootings in Sinai and other the peninsula. The military has struggled to quell the jihadists who pledged allegiance to IS in November 2014. The jihadists have since increasingly turned to civilian targets, attacking Bedouin Sinai inhabitants accused of working with the army. The group also claimed the bombing of a Russian plane that killed all 224 people on board after takeoff from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el- Sheikh on October 31, 2015. Aside from IS, Egypt also faces a threat from Al-Qaeda-aligned jihadists who operate out of neighbouring Libya. A group calling itself Ansar al-Islam –Supporters of Islam in Arabic – claimed an October ambush in Egypt’s Western Desert that killed at least 16 policemen. The military later conducted air strikes on the attackers, killing their leader. – Nampa/AFP CENTRE FOR OPEN, DISTANCE AND eLEARNING (CODeL) The University invites applications for vacancies as Tutors/Tutor Markers at the University of Namibia’s Campuses and Regional Centres within the following Faculties / Schools / Centres: Education Humanities and Social Sciences Language Centre Nursing Minimum requirement: Master’s degree in any of the above fields coupled with a minimum of three (3) years teaching experience at tertiary level in any of the above fields. A PhD degree will serve as an added advantage. Closing date for all applications: 08 December 2017 Kindly visit: for detailed information and to apply for these vacancies. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Should you experience any issues with registration please contact;, Tel: 061 206 3101 Senegal lifts immunity of jailed Dakar mayor DAKAR Senegal’s national assembly has lifted the parliamentary immunity of Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall, a leading opponent of President Macky Sall, opening the way for his trial on graft charges. The mayor has been in pre-trial detention since March on what his supporters say are politically-motivated charges. After a raucous debate, the deputies late on Saturday voted by 125 to 27 to back a report by a parliamentary commission calling for Sall’s immunity to be lifted. Earlier Saturday, security forces tion of dozens of his supporters outside the assembly, in the centre of the Senegalese capital, local media said. In March, Sall, who is no relation to the president, was accused of misappropriating 1.83 billion CFA francs (.85 million, 2.7 million euros) in city funds. He denies the charges. Mayor of Dakar since 2009, he was elected to Senegal’s parliament in July, and had been seen as a key contender for 2019 presidential elections. Hundreds of his supporters, chanting “Khalifa until we die!”, took to the streets of the capital last month to call for his release. –Nampa/AFP

Monday, November 27 2017 | NEW ERA WORLD 15 Nepal goes to the polls for historic vote CHAUTARA, NEPAL Millions of Nepalis headed to the polls yesterday for a historic election billed as a turning point for the impoverished Himalayan nation, hoping to end the ruinous instability that has plagued the country since the end of a bloody civil war a decade ago. The two-phase elections for national and provincial parliaments constitution born out of a peace deal that ended the 10-year Maoist insurgency in 2006 and set the country on a path from monarchy to democracy. It took nine years after the end to be agreed as a series of brittle coalition governments bickered over the country’s future as a federal democratic state. Many hope that the elections, which will establish the country’s an end to political turbulence and limit the impact of the horse-trading in Kathmandu on much needed development in the rest of the country. Polling stations in Chautara, a town east of Kathmandu, were still busy mid afternoon with lines of voters waiting in the bright sun to cast their ballots. “It is hard to hope for change, but I am still voting,” said 78-yearold Keshab Nath Upadhayay as he leaned heavily on a walking stick. Upadhayay like many others in the impoverished Himalayan nation walked for hours to reach his nearest polling station. In western Baitadi district, a 114-year-old woman made the jour- Deepak Kumar Acharya. Meanwhile, districts in the west have been hit by snow and sub-zero temperatures in recent days adding another obstacle to voters in one of the least developed corners of Nepal. Voting was temporarily suspended in three polling centres after an explosive device was found at one and acid was sprinkled on ballot boxes at were no reports of injuries. There has been sporadic violence in the lead up to the polls, mostly blamed on a splinter faction of the Maoist Party, which has left dozens injured. Around 3.2 million people across the north of the country, including areas badly hit by a devastating earthquake two years ago, are eligible to more populous south will vote in 10 days’ time. passed in 2015, lays out a sweeping overhaul of the political system and aims to devolve power away from the central government to seven newly created provinces. Rules laid out in the new charter will weed out some fringe parties from the parliaments and raise the bar for ousting a prime minister, leading to hopes that the next Nepal has cycled through 10 SAME CLASSIC TASTE, STYLISH NEW LOOK. leaders in the last 11 years and cor- growth as well as the recovery from the 2015 earthquake that destroyed half a million homes. “The government changes every nine months and don’t get to do power. We hope that will change,” said farmer Gyan Bahadur Thapa after casting his ballot in Chautara. However, analysts warn that the impact of the changes could be limited, with the three parties that have dominated the political expected to take the lion’s share of seats.The Maoist Party of the former rebels has formed an electoral alliance with the communist jointly in key races. The powerful bloc has left the ruling party, the centrist Nepali Congress, on the back foot, forced to look to smaller parties in a bid to remain in power. Supporters said the Maoist insurgency and the drawn-out peace process that followed it were intended to create a more equal society. But the political instability and endemic corruption have undermined that goal. Under the new constitution a proportion of seats in the federal and provincial assemblies are allocated to women and people from indigenous communities and the lowest Dalit caste. Nepal’s borders with India and China were closed ahead of the vote and thousands of security personnel have been deployed at polling stations. Results are expected a few days after the second vote on December 7. – Nampa/AFP REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND FORESTRY PRODUCTION AUCTION OF KALAHARI RESEARCH STATION VENUE: KALAHARI RESEARCH STATION (From Stampriet, 6 km on C20, turn onto M42 and drive for about 25km to Kalahari Research Station) *EFT AND CASH PAYMENTS ONLY; NO CHEQUES ACCEPTED* THURSDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2017 10H00 (VIEWING AND REGISTRATION FROM 08H00) PTS047/7 3 Registered Dorper Ewes (ran with a ram) 2 Registered Dorper Rams 4 Registered Black Swakara Rams 55 Commercial Dorper Ewes (ran with a ram) Enquiries: 13 Commercial Dorper Rams Mr. D. Zamuee 36 Pregnant Commercial Gellaper Ewes Tel: 063-260108/53 11 Commercial Gellaper Rams Email: 10 Commercial Gellaper-cross Rams 100 Commercial Black Swakara Ewes (ran with a ram) Mr. I. Seibeb Tel: 061-2087048 20 Crossbred Steers (Braunvieh x Holstein) Cell: 0813166524 10 Crossbred Slaughter Cows (Braunvieh x Holstein) Super strong | Waterproof | Easy to carry | Reusable Get the new look. Get the same great taste. Get the eye-catching new Top Score 10kg poly laminated bag. a proud product of Namib Mills

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