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Today's Headlines: Uganda minister shot dead by bodyguard, Denmark pledges $250 to Ukraine

Uganda minister shot dead by bodyguard

Source: Punch Newspaper

The Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations in Uganda, Colonel Charles Okello Engola, was on Tuesday shot dead by one of his military bodyguards as he was entering his vehicle to go to work.

The Uganda police, while sharing preliminary information about the killing of the minister, said the deceased was gunned down at 8:00 am in the Kyanja suburb of Kampala.

Uganda police spokesman, Fred Enanga, said, “The shooting was done by one of the minister’s bodyguards who also fired several shots at close range. The shooter then fled the scene to the trading centre at Kyanja Ring Road where he entered a salon and shot himself.”

Denmark pledges $250 in military aid to Ukraine

Source: Punch Newspaper

Denmark on Tuesday announced it was sending 1.7 billion kroner ($250 million) worth of military aid to Ukraine “to support the forthcoming Ukrainian offensive,” its defence ministry said.

The donation package included mine clearing vehicles, ammunition and financial support for the procurement of air defence, the Danish Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

“The equipment in the donation package is essential to pave the way for Ukrainian tanks and mechanised infantry on the front line,” acting Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen, was quoted saying in the statement.

Israeli strikes on Syria kill seven, knock out Aleppo airport

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Israeli strikes on north Syria’s Aleppo province overnight killed four Syrian officers and three Iran-backed fighters, putting the area’s international airport out of service, a war monitor reported Tuesday.

During more than a decade of war in Syria, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes on its territory, primarily targeting Iran-backed forces and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters as well as Syrian army positions.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Israeli missiles targeted “the Aleppo international airport area and the Nayrab military airfield area” nearby late Monday, reporting explosions at both facilities and “severe damage”.

Ondo community accuses company of polluting river, environment

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The Obatedo community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State has cried out to the state government to intervene in the pollution of their river by a company waste being allegedly dumped into the river called Oluwa River.

To this end, the community has sent a petition to the Ondo State Environmental Protection Agency in order to call the company- the Wee-Wood Industries Limited, to stop dumping industrial waste into the river. It alleged that the waste had polluted the river, making it not usable for domestic use.

In the petition filed by the community’s lawyer, Mr Busayo Oroyo, and made available to our correspondent on Monday, the community said there was a need for the urgent intervention of the government in order to avoid the matter from degenerating to communal crisis between the community and the company.

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