DR Congo forces kill at least 36 Burundi refugees

At least 36 Burundian refugees were killed and 117 wounded in clashes with Congolese security forces who allegedly fired indiscriminately at protesters on September 15 in Congo’s South Kivu province.

The clashes erupted in Kamanyola in Congo’s South Kivu province when Citing “credible reports” received by the peacekeeping mission, Maman Sidikou the U.N. envoy to Congo said that the Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers protested the expulsion of four of their countrymen from Congo.He added that he death of the Congolese army officer led to “the escalation of violence.”

The U.N. envoy called for a swift investigation and urged Congo’s security forces to use force as a last resort.

Congo’s government says it is opening an investigation to establish the facts and true identity of the “supposed refugees,” spokesman Lambert Mende said.

Roughly 44,000 refugees from Burundi are sheltering in Congo. Many fled political violence at home in 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza successfully pursued a disputed third term amid deadly protests.

The Congolese government, the U.N refugee agency and the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo “have deployed teams on site to shed light on everything that happened,” said the coordinator of the U.N. Communications Group in Congo, Florence Marchal.

Sources: Al Jazeera, ABC News, The Independent Uganda

Five Working Women Shot Dead In Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN:  Highlighting the risk to employed women in Afghanistan, five female airport workers along with their driver were shot dead by Gunmen in the southern part of the country on Saturday.
As told to AFP by provincial spokesman Samim Kheplwak, the women were driving towards the airport in Kandahar province when around three gunmen on motorcycles started firing at them.
He stated, “All the women and their driver aboard the van were killed. The attackers fled the area and we have launched an investigation.”

Ahmadullah Faizi, Kandahar International Airport Director, in his report mentioned that these women were the employees of a private company who would look into providing luggage and body search services for female passengers. He further added, that the now deceased were worried for their lives after receiving death threats from those who disapproved of them working.

None of the groups claimed responsibility but the Taliban terrorists and other insurgent groups have been targeting women who work outside their homes for a long while now.
Afghani women have crossed great lengths since 2001 when the Taliban regime was ousted, however they still go through immense oppression, abuse and violence and are inhibited from having a public life.
More than 3,700 cases of violence against women have been registered in the Afghan attorney general’s office in the first eight months of 2016.


NDTV , Reuters

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Pune’s ‘Gold Shirt Man’ Beaten To Death

Dattatray Phuge, a Pune based businessman who owns the ‘gold shirt’ was allegedly stoned to death on Thursday night. A dozen men attacked him with stones and sharp weapons in front of his son, reports Hindustan Times.

Phuge came to fame after presenting himself a gold shirt worth Rs 1.27 Crores which weighs around 3.5 kgs. The 22 carat gold shirt with Swarovski crystal buttons was designed by 15 craftsmen from Bengal.

The attack took place after a fake birthday invitation was sent to both Dattatray Phuge  and his 22 year old son. His wife Seema Phuge said that, some men came to their home on Thursday night and took him. The attack was witnessed by his son in Dighi area of Pimpri-Chinchwad. Police has arrested four men in which, his nephew is among the arrested. Phuge was accused of financial bungling in his chit-fund business. The financial dispute that occurred due to this scam is suspected to be the reason behind the  attack.

The 44 year old ‘Gold man’ was an aspiring politician and was soon to contest assembly elections. Police is trying to solve the Golden man murder mystery.

Three Militants killed during a cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir

SRINAGAR: On Saturday, three militant commander belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed during a sudden cross-border gun-firing in the area of Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

The gunfight broke out Friday night in village Dardpora-Lolpora of frontier Kupwara district, about 110 km northwest of Srinagar city. According to the reports, there were two-three militants who were hiding in that area. The police officials has said that one militant was killed in the initial exchange of the firing on Friday night, and two others were killed later in the Saturday evening during the ongoing search operation.

The police officials has recovered guns and other arms and ammunitions from that area. Officials informed the press that, the search operation is still going on and is expecting to recover more arms and other details about the militants.

A similar gunfight which has been named as the guerrilla war is still now going on between militants and Indian troops based in Indian-controlled Kashmir ever since 1989. Gunfights between the two borders take place from time to time across the Jammu and Kashmir region. Ever since independence the two countries are fighting every fortnight for the regions of Kashmir.


Sources: Outlook India , TimesofIndia

Ragpicker killed for water

A ragpicker was killed by a trio during the early hours on Monday at Mangalwar Peth for water. The ragpicker asked the men for water when he saw them carrying bottles to which he was  retaliated with abuse and then hit with a stone leading to his death.