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Kenya: Nine beheaded in suspected Al-Shabaab attack

Suspected al-Shabab fighters beheaded nine men in an overnight assault on a village in the Kenyan coastal district of Lamu, police said, days after the armed group killed three police officers in an attack on a nearby village. A witness, who asked not to be named, confirmed the death toll to Reuters news agency. "They raided Jima and Pandanguo villages and killed nine men. They were slaughtered like chicken ...

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Ethiopia: Rebel Group claims responsibility for arson at ammunition depot

An armed group has claimed responsibility for an arson attack at an ammunition depot in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Saturday. Patriotic Ginbot 7, an armed group fighting the Ethiopian regime from its base in Eritrea, said Saturday’s attack is part of the resistance movement carried out by its cells everywhere in Ethiopia. The fire at the Federal Police ammunition depot in the capital went for hours an ...

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Police accused of killing over 100 camels, torching houses of Ethnic Somalis in Kenya

Over 100 camels have been killed and at least 47 houses torched by bandits who locals believe are security officers on the border of Kitui and Tana River counties. Speaking to journalists at Bisan-hargeysa, distressed mothers holding their babies — as young as a month old — claimed uniformed police officers descended on their settlement on Friday evening and destroyed their traditional Somali huts, one afte ...

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African leaders back plan for mass ICC withdrawal

African leaders on Tuesday adopted a strategy calling for a collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The decision which is not legally binding came behind closed doors near the end of an African Union summit in Ethiopia. Reports said countries had been divided on whether to call for leaving the court individually or together. Africa has 34 signatories to the Rome Statute, the treat ...

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Kenya lost 173 soldiers in terror attack on KDF base in Somalia, survivor says

A modest meal of rice, mashed potatoes, beans and beef was served for lunch yesterday at the low-key first memorial for the Kenyan soldiers killed when terrorists attacked a KDF base in El Adde, Somalia last year. About 400 family members, including children and widows of the fallen heroes, congregated at Moi Barracks in Soy near Eldoret. Government officials were conspicuously absent from the barracks that ...

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The UAE expands military presence in the Horn of Africa

The United Arab Emirates is proving to be a powerful actor in the Northeast Africa peninsula which is home to eight nations. It has secured two military bases, one in Eritrea and the other one in Somaliland, strategic for the fight in Yemen. Countries with limited resources like Puntland, Somaliland and Somalia enjoy the UAE's generosity in providing military equipment as well as extensive funding and train ...

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Ethiopia Frees Thousands of Detainees

It’s good news that Ethiopia’s government has announced the release of 9,800 people detained for their participation in anti-government protests. But they represent fewer than half of the 24,000 people detained since a countrywide state of emergency began on October 9. And most never should have been arrested. The state of emergency has had catastrophic rights implications for Ethiopians, and the factors th ...

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800 soldiers quit Kenya Defence Forces after Somali invasion

More than 800 soldiers have left the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) since the Somalia operation began in 2011. KDF Director of Prosecution Brigadier Kenneth Okoki Dindi told a Mombasa court that the soldiers left for various reasons, including desertion. In a sworn affidavit filed at the Mombasa Court of Appeal, Brigadier Dindi said the departures had a direct effect on KDF's ability to check indiscipline and d ...

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Militants Attack Kenya Hotel, Killing 12; Shabab Claim Responsibility

NAIROBI, Kenya — Islamist militants struck a hotel in northern Kenya on Tuesday morning, killing a dozen people and stoking outrage from Kenyans who accused their government of not doing enough to protect them from a relentless menace. The Shabab, a Somali militant group, gleefully took responsibility, saying online that they had bombed the hotel to kill infidels and that all their fighters “came back to th ...

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U.S. citizens urged to defer travel to Ethiopia: State Department

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department urged U.S. citizens on Friday to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia because of ongoing unrest that has killed hundreds of people, led to thousands of arrests and prompted restrictions on diplomatic travel. The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency on Oct. 8 and issued a decree on Oct. 15 that permitted the arrest of individuals without court order ...

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