Daily Archives: October 5, 2017


PRETORIA, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says processes are underway to strengthen her oversight role as a shareholder of South Africa state-owned companies (SOCs) to improve governance. She said the department's challenge is to inculcate the ...

Trade and Industry on SA Premier Business awards

JSE confirms its support for the SA Premier Business awards for second consecutive yearThe Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) will for the second consecutive year be endorsing the South African Premier Business Awards (SAPBA). Now in their 5th year, the...

Water & Sanitation attending to AG’s concerns

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says processes are underway to address issues flagged by the office of the Auditor General (AG) within the department.The Minister on Wednesday presented the department's 2016/17 annual report to the Port...

Premier Supra Mahumapelo on World Teachers Day

Bokone Bophirima Province conveys well wishes to teachersPremier SOR Mahumapelo has on behalf of Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government extended well wishes to all teachers in the province and the country at large as today marks what is globally know a...

Islamic State Claims Attack on Misrata; 4 Dead, 40 Wounded

TRIPOLI, LIBYA � Gunmen killed at least four people and wounded nearly 40 Wednesday in a suicide attack on a court complex in the Libyan city of Misrata, officials and a witness said.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a statement run by the group's Amaq news agency it had targeted one of the most prominent strongholds of Libya's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

The attack shows the enduring militant threat in Libya after a Misrata-led coalition under nominal GNA command battled for more than six months last year to oust Islamic State from its former stronghold in Sirte, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) southeast of Misrata.

Since then, militants have been trying to regroup in the desert south of Sirte. They have stepped up their presence in remote areas, though attacks in urban centers have been rare.

Several attackers

Wednesday's attack was launched by several assailants who drove up to the complex in central Misrata in a black vehicle, a witness said.

One of them blew himself up at the gate and the other two with Kalashnikovs opened fire at random, he said. Shooting could be heard all over the city center after the attack.

The witness, who asked not to be named, said he believed the attackers also had used rocket-propelled grenades.

The military alliance from Misrata that led the campaign in Sirte said two suicide attackers were involved in the operation, and that there had been an explosion after a gun battle lasting about 20 minutes.

The attackers killed four and wounded 39, Misrata hospital said in a statement, listing names of victims. Two of the attackers blew themselves up and a third was killed during the gun battle, said a local security source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Bomb disposal experts also defused a booby-trapped car that had been packed with explosives to be used in the attack, he said.

Military base

Misrata, a large commercial port about 190 kilometers east of Tripoli, is one of Libya's major military power bases but the city itself has been largely immune from armed clashes and attacks in recent years. Dozens of Islamic State suspects are being held in the city.

Libya slid into turmoil after a NATO-backed uprising that toppled long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi six years ago. It remains divided between loose political and military alliances based in the east and west, resulting in a security vacuum in the center of the country.

As militants increased their activity in recent weeks to the south and east of Sirte, the United States launched two sets of airstrikes against jihadist desert camps.

The U.S. also provided air support for the Misrata-led campaign last year.

Source: Voice of America