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Liberia: Private Security Officer Assaulted At China Union  
The Sacramento Bee |  28 April 2017
> In 2011, the UAE acknowledged working with private military contractors, including a firm reportedly tied to Blackwater founder Erik Prince, to build up its military. The Associated Press also reported that Prince was involved in a multimillion-dollar program to train troops to fight pirates in Somalia, a program by several Arab countries, including the UAE.

Liberia: Private Security Officer Assaulted At China Union  
AllAfrica |  27 April 2017
> An employee of Loyal Protective Guard Service (LTGS) was on Saturday, April 22, reportedly assaulted by a Chinese national identified only as Lee at the China Union compound in Bong Mines.

War Zone Contractors' Role Under Trump Questioned  
U.S. News |  25 April 2017
> The Defense Department under President Donald Trump has employed thousands fewer private contractors for its wars in the Middle East, according to newly released documents.

Bomb attack hits US base in Afghanistan as Defense Sec Mattis visits Kabul, casualties reported  
RT |  24 April 2017
> The attackers detonated the car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by US forces and private military contractors, said Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor, as cited by Reuters.

Local, global security firms in race along China's 'Silk Road'  
Reuters |  23 April 2017
> Global security companies and their smaller Chinese rivals are jostling for business along Beijing's modern-day "Silk Road", the grandiose plan for land and sea routes connecting the world's second largest economy with the rest of Asia and beyond.

Dramatic footage captures a deadly firefight between American mercenaries and Somali pirates as they try to hijack a cargo ship  
Daily Mail |  22 April 2017
> Footage of a private security team engaging in a fire fight with Somali pirates trying to hijack a cargo ship has emerged online.A speedboat can be seen hurtling towards the vessel as a private security contractor wielding a sub-machine gun begins to take aim.

Paramilitary: Russian Military Contractors  
Strategy Page |  22 April 2017
> Noting the success the United States had with private security contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq, Russia has tried to create a similar capability.

Private security guards loot over $1 lakh in Karachi  
India |  21 April 2017
> What might be termed as one of the biggest robberies of recent years in Karachi, two private security guards looted over $1.2 lakh (Rs 12 million in Pakistani currency) from a company van on Thursday.

China opens military contracts worth billions of yuan to private companies  
South China Morning Post |  20 April 2017
> China’s military further opened its research and development programmes to private companies, inviting them to take part in projects worth an estimated 6 billion yuan (US$870 million or HK$6.78 billion), state media reported on Wednesday.

Survivors to protectors: Rehabilitation home inmates get new roles  
The Times of India |  20 April 2017
> The Delhi State Services Legal Authority (DSLSA) has joined hands with Delhi government to start a unique programme involving 160 hours of rigorous training for women to become security guards.

The American mercenary behind Blackwater is helping China establish the new Silk Road  
Quartz |  18 April 2017
> Erik Prince is now chairman of Frontier Services Group (FSG), which announced in December that it is setting up a “forward operating base” in Yunnan to provide logistics and unarmed security training services to facilitate OBOR-related projects in Southeast Asia.

100 Saudi-backed militants killed by Yemeni forces east of Mokha: Report  
AllAfrica |  17 April 2017
> Two private security guards were wounded by a reported roadside bomb that hit a UN convoy in Mogadishu on Sunday.

When a private company is in charge of your security  
Pambazuka News |  13 April 2017
> Just one year after the attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016, at least one economic sector appears to be flourishing: the security sector. The Belgian subsidiary of the security multinational G4S has announced that it has hired 1,610 new employees in 2016, including temporary contracts, an "exceptionally high" figure according to the company, leader of the Belgian market, which provided 1000 additional recruits in 2017, "of which 500 women".

100 Saudi-backed militants killed by Yemeni forces east of Mokha: Report  
PressTV |  13 April 2017
> The Yemeni army and allied Houthi fighters have killed at least 100 Saudi-backed militants near the embattled port city of Mokha on the Red Sea coast.

China's Answer to the US Military-Industrial Complex  
The Diplomat |  10 April 2017
> From January, civil-military integration has since risen to one of the most frequently used terms in Chinese mainstream media, and many are speculating about the economic incentives for the Chinese private sector to be engaged with the patriotic duty of providing service and technology to the PLA.

Death toll in Somalia blast outside military base rises to at least 15  
Reuters |  09 April 2017
> "At least 15 people mostly civilians died in the blast," Major Hussein Nur, a military official, told Reuters. "We do not know the exact figure of casualties. All the people on board the ruined minibus perished. Soldiers and other private security guards also died," he said.

‘We Need to Develop Capacity in Handling National Security Challenges’  
ThisDay |  09 April 2017
> On the part the private security organisations ought to play in national security he said, “Security outfits are saddled with in the management of risk and how technology can play a huge role in positioning the private security outfits in Nigeria.

African intelligence bodies meet to discuss mercenary, foreign terrorist fighters phenomenon  
Xinhua |  04 April 2017
> Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday hosted a regional workshop, organized by the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa (CISSA) to discuss the "Phenomenon of Mercenary, Foreign Terrorists Fighters and Negative NGOs and its Implications on Security and Stability in Africa."

Costa Rica Reduces and Tracks Arms Used by Private Security Companies  
The Costa Rica Star |  04 April 2017
> In recent months, the Public Security Ministry has destroyed 450 arms which were decommissioned by state agencies who are decreasing their use of armed guards, said Roberto Méndez, head of the private security bureau within the ministry, in a phone interview.

Uganda: One Shot Dead, Mob Clobbers Security Guard in Mistaken Identity Scenario  
AllAfrica |  04 April 2017
> A private security guard has been arrested after shooting a man dead and injuring five others in a city protest against rent increment at Superior Complex building on Ben Kiwanuka Street.

Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel  
The Washington Post |  03 April 2017
> The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

Militants, kidnappers now disguise as security guards – Lagos Police alerts residents  
Daily Post |  01 April 2017
> According to Fatai Owoseni, Commissioner of Police in Lagos, kidnappers and militants had infiltrated private security companies and were using their jobs to spy on potential victims.

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