September 14th, 2013
04:13 PM ET

Priest in Zanzibar attacked with acid in third such incident in two months

A Catholic priest was attacked with acid on the east African island of Zanzibar in the third such unprovoked assault in two months, and remained hospitalized Saturday, the cleric told CNN.

The Rev. Joseph Anselmo Mwagambwa said he was attacked Friday afternoon while coming out of an internet cafe in Mlandenge, a community in the city of Zanzibar.

He was being treated in a hospital in the Tanzanian mainland city of Dar es Salaam.

Police are still investigating, and no arrests have been made.

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Top al Qaeda operative reported killed in Africa
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was believed responsible for the 1998 East African embassy bombings.
June 11th, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Top al Qaeda operative reported killed in Africa

A top al Qaeda operative in East Africa, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, was killed at a Somali checkpoint, a senior Kenyan official said Saturday. Mohammed was long sought in Somalia for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

"There's reason to believe this senior terrorist is dead," a U.S. official who was not authorized to speak on the record said Saturday. "He was killed, it appears, at a Somali police checkpoint in or around Mogadishu."

The commander of Somalia's government forces confirmed that two men driving through a checkpoint southwest of Mogadishu late Wednesday were killed when both opened fire on soldiers there.

One of the men was a foreigner and his identity is under investigation, Gen. Abdikarin Dhega Badans said.

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On the Radar: Bahrain crackdown, Wisconsin protests, Tanzania bombings
An injured man is taken away in an ambulance Thursday in Manama, Bahrain, after a police crackdown.
February 17th, 2011
11:12 AM ET

On the Radar: Bahrain crackdown, Wisconsin protests, Tanzania bombings

Wave of unrest grows - Since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, unprecedented anti-government demonstrations have swept the Middle East and North Africa. Protests in Libya appeared to be gathering steam Thursday in several cities, with some reportedly turning deadly. In Bahrain, which has been the center of several days of protests, at least three people were killed and nearly 200 injured after security forces stormed an encampment of demonstrators in the dead of night. An ABC News reporter covering the chaos was beaten. In Yemen, at least 20 people were injured in clashes between stone-throwing pro-and anti-government demonstrators in the capital of Sanaa, an opposition lawmaker said.

Demonstrations close Wisconsin schools - Schools in 15 districts in Wisconsin are closed Thursday as thousands of public workers demonstrate against a bill that seeks to eliminate most of their collective bargaining rights and to make them pay dramatically more for health benefits. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, said the bill addresses the state's budget crisis.

Blasts kill 20 in Tanzania - A series of blasts killed 20 people and injured dozens in a military camp in Tanzania, authorities said Thursday. At least 184 people were wounded at the army base in the main city of Dar es Salaam, said the assistant director of disaster management. The official declined to discuss the cause of the blasts but said she does not think they are terror-related.

Watson wins - Watson the supercomputer was victorious over "Jeopardy!" champs Ken Kennings and Brad Rutter. No word yet on whether he'll get a Wheaties box. Watson is just the latest machine to show up a human.

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At least 20 killed in blasts at Tanzania military post
February 17th, 2011
05:18 AM ET

At least 20 killed in blasts at Tanzania military post

A series of fiery blasts killed 20 people and injured dozens more at a military camp in Tanzania, authorities said early Thursday.

At least 184 others were wounded in the blasts at an army base in the main city of Dar es Salaam, said Nyancheghe Nanai, assistant director of disaster management.

The chain of explosions Wednesday night lit up the night sky and sent
residents into a panic. Several ammunition depots were destroyed, Nanai said.

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