International action is needed to avoid a catastrophe in Burundi, Jan Egeland, the head of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the former top humanitarian official for the United Nations, said on Wednesday. More than a week of demonstrations against the Burundi president's decision to stand for a third term have plunged the African nation into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. "All lights are blinking in Burundi. "Many good people are locally trying to do the right thing and avoid more ethnic violence but the signs are very very worrying and it is precisely now that there should be coherent regional and international action to help those in Burundi who want to avert a new catastrophe," he added.
By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab Islamist militants shot dead a government official in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, police and a spokesman for the group said. Abdifatah Barre, the deputy district commissioner of Mogadishu’s Wadajir district, was shot dead in his car. The official died and the gunmen escaped," Major Ibrahim Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters. This is part of our operation in Mogadishu," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, its military operations spokesman, told Reuters.