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A new Islamist arms race begins

After an overnight exchange of mortar shells between Somali government forces and rebels that killed at least nine civilians and injured 14 others, a military officer the from government side defected to the Islamist group al Shabaab with more than 60 guns. Residents said government shells targeted houses occupied by al Shabaab members in the north of Mogadishu.

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Police arrest notorious female armed robber in Delta

Punch Officers and men of the “Safe Delta” Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, led by CSP Anieteh Eyoh, on Monday morning, arrested a notorious female armed robber, Bella Lucky, and two other suspects of a criminal gang at McClivers market area in Warri, Delta State. The armed robbery syndicate, who has been on the police wanted list, included two boys and a female. They are presently in custody at the Delta State Police Command in Asaba.