Weekly urban news roundup: April 18, 2014

Cairo bomb attacks a regularity

A second homemade bomb targeting security officials exploded in central Cairo, Egypt’s capital, late Tuesday. – Al Arabiya.

Benghazi residents have had enough 

Angry Benghazi residents blocked streets and torched tyres on Thursday for a second day to protest a deadly car bombing in the heart of the city. – Magharebia.

Accra’s ‘waste to wealth’ ambition

A BBC multimedia report sheds light on Ghana’s first big-scale recycling initiative taking place in the capital. – BBC.

Abuja bus station bombing

A terrorist attack in the Nyanya Motor Park in Nigeria’s capital on Monday proved to be the deadliest to ever hit the city. This was not the last act of terrorism experienced by Nigeria this week. – Think Africa Press.

Makurdi slums raise concerns

The profusion of waste found in various low-income areas of Makurdi, Nigeria, is being described by many as harmful for the image of the city. – Daily Trust.

Bor’s UN base attacked

At least 58 people were killed and scores were wounded in Thursday’s attack on a UN base in Bor, South Sudan, sheltering thousands of displaced civilians. – BDLive.

Mogadishu security deteriorates

Somalia’s armed forces have stretched to areas outside the capital, Mogadishu, facilitating Al-Shabaab terrorist operations in the capital. – African Arguments.

Mombasa police enhance security

Extra security measures have been taken in Kenya’s port city in the wake of terror threats over the Easter holidays. – Capital FM.

Luanda floods affect city heavily

Heavy rains in Angola’s capital lately have resulted in the collapse of houses, the obstruction of streets, flooding and landslides. The Vice Governor for Technical Affairs assesses the consequences. – Agência Angola Press.

Walvis Bay new housing developments

The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) of Namibia is undertaking mass housing construction projects in Walvis Bay and the surrounding townships of Kuisebmond and Narraville. – New Era.

Bulawayo vital for economic recovery

As the industrial hub of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo is a city heavily relied upon to counter the country’s current economic difficulties. – New Zimbabwe.

Maputo to experience power-cuts

Mozambique’s publicly owned electricity company, EDM, has warned that Maputo and the neighbouring city of Matola will suffer intermittent power cuts at peak times over the next two weeks. – Agência de Informação de Moçambique.


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