Twin bombings kill at least 5
Two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a town in north Cameroon, killing at least five people and injuring 12 others, a military official said Saturday. Col. Jacob Kodji, who leads Cameroon troops fighting against Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremist group, said two teenagers targeted a family and local shop in the town of Dabanga near Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria. He said the suicide bombers were Nigerians who came to Cameroon as refugees. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, though they are in line with others launched by Boko Haram.
No deal on pension reforms
The leaders of five of the seven parties represented in Greece’s Parliament have failed to agree on pension reforms after a six-hour meeting, prompting the prime minister to criticize the opposition for being “irresponsible.” Alexis Tsipras, who didn’t back moves by other governments while he was in opposition, had hoped to get the parties to agree on a statement that called for no further pension cuts and present this as a bargaining chip in talks with Greece’s creditors. The leaders did agree Sunday to demand more EU assistance to help it with the migrant crisis.
Forces search for crew
Nigerian security agencies are conducting a “spirited search” for the Polish captain and four crew members abducted from a cargo ship, an official said Saturday. Spokeswoman Lami Tumaka of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency said the attacked ship MV Szafir was recovered and 11 other crew members rescued a few miles offshore. Tumaka said the Nigerian Navy and other agencies want to free the hostages and arrest the perpetrators.
Activist killed in attack
A prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who faced a criminal charge for supporting Kurdish rebels, was killed Saturday in an attack in southeast Turkey in which a police officer also died, officials said. Tahir Elci was shot while he and other lawyers were making a press statement. Two policemen and a journalist were also injured. Interior Minister Efkan Ala and other officials said the assault was against police officers, and that Elci died in an ensuing clash. However, the Diyarbakir Bar Association said the lawyer, who was Kurdish, was the target of the attack.
Compiled from wire reports