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Archive for May 3, 2017

Newsline: Car bomb kills eight people near US Embassy in Kabul

A car bomb targeting a convoy of foreign troops exploded near the US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday, killing eight people and wounding 25 others, an Afghan official said. The blast hit at 7:55 a.m. (local time) in Kabul police district 9, near the embassy and Supreme Court, according to interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish. No information was immediately available on the nationality of the troops, but Danish earlier said all the victims were Afghan civilians. US Forces Afghanistan later said three members of the international coalition suffered nonlife-threatening injuries.



Newsline: Nigerian Embassy workers in US go on strike over unpaid salaries

Workers of the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington went on strike in protest of their unpaid salaries. However, acting ambassador, Hakeem Balogun, who admitted the ongoing agitation however dismissed reports that the embassy has been shut down. Balogun told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in the U.S. that the report that the embassy was shut down was false. “The embassy works as normal; as we’re talking now, I’m still at the office working. So it is not correct for anybody to say that the embassy is shut down; there was nothing like that. “But there was a sit-in by some local staff who said they would not work over some arrears but it wasn’t as if the embassy was shut down. “Even some of those who were supposed to embark on sit-in were still working and did not join their colleagues. “They have been paid up till March 2017 but there were some arrears of October to December 2016 that were yet to be paid. The Nigerian envoy explained that the Federal Government was making efforts to clear the arrears and ensure that salaries and allowances were up-to-date.