Police guard a polio vaccination team, during a three-day vaccination campaign in Karachi. Pakistan. Though new polio cases dropped to a nine-year low in 2015, attacks by Islamist militants against health workers and police guarding them remained a challenge for a UN-funded vaccination campaign.
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Members of Libyan pro-government forces, who are backed by the locals, sit together during clashes with the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries in the streets of Benghazi. The council is an alliance of former anti-Gaddafi rebels who have joined forces with Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia
Egyptian security forces take cover during clashes with suspected militants, not pictured, in Kerdasa, near Giza Pyramids, Egypt, on Thursday
Army soldiers ask a female supporter of Egypt’s overthrown president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to take her protest to the pavement as they stand guard near Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday.
Somali policemen keep an eye out for suspicious activity at a checkpoint in the country’s capital Mogadishu. Security in Mogadishu has been tightened following an attack on the country’s Supreme Court by al Shabaab on April 14 and multiple checkpoints have been set up around the city by the Somali Police Force as a result.
Members of the French army help with mine clearance at an archeological site in Gao, Mali. JOEL SAGET/AFP
UN concern is growing over reprisal attacks against ethnic Tuaregs and Arabs in Mali, where a French-led intervention recently routed Islamist rebels.