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Uganda mulls troops pull out from Somalia. Officials

Uganda's army is carrying out a review of its deployment in peacekeeping missions in Somalia and the Central African Republic which could see its troops withdrawn. According to army spokesman Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, a special committee has been constituted and its recommendations will be followed. This is not the first review but it is the first time a withdrawal has been considered. A highly placed source wh ...

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Kenya says arrests key member of ISIS group plotting attacks

NAIROBI  - Kenyan police have arrested a suspected key member of an Islamist militant group that was plotting attacks similar to one in 2013 on the Westgate shopping mall that killed at least 67 people, authorities said on Tuesday. Militant attacks mostly by al Shabaab militants from neighboring Somalia have increased in recent years in Kenya, which has a large Muslim population concentrated mostly along it ...

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Ethiopia: Armed group kills more than 140 near South Sudan

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — An Ethiopian official says that armed groups have killed more than 140 civilians near Ethiopia's border with South Sudan. The attackers came from South Sudan and killed civilians, including women and children, Getachew Reda, Ethiopia's communications minister, told the Associated Press on Saturday. "The Ethiopian defense force is currently chasing after the perpetrators," said Reda, ...

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KDF soldier hangs himself after Somalia mission

Busia,Kenya: A Kenya Defence Forces soldier hanged himself at his Bukalama village home in Busia County. Family members said the 52-year-old Joash Ochieng Magar, who was due to retire on March 12, was sent on indefinite leave after developing mental problems. He had just returned from an operation against the Al-Shaabab militia in Somalia. His family says he returned safely, but with mental problems. Police ...

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Kenya seizes UN trucks for allegedly ferrying food to Al-Shabaab

Kenyan authorities are holding three UN World Food Programmed (WFP) trucks in Mandera County near the Somali border for allegedly ferrying food supplies to Islamist militants Al-Shabaab in the Horn of Africa nation. Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said Tuesday the security agents seized the trucks stashed with food items destined for Dolo in the Horn of Africa nation. Shisia said WFP workers hav ...

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Al-Shabaab showcases attacks in Kenya in new video

A newly released video by al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, Shabaab, showcases two separate ambushes of Kenyan troops in Lamu County, Kenya. It is unclear when the ambushes took place, however, the jihadist group has perpetrated several attacks in the region recently. The jihadist group also calls for attacks on Israel and Jews in Palestine in the last few minutes of the propaganda. The video begins with a ...

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3 killed, many injured in Al-Shabaab attacks on Bondeni villages in Lamu County

LAMU: At least three people were Sunday morning killed after gunmen attacked Bondeni villages near Pandanguo, Lamu County. The attackers also torched unknown number of houses in the area before escaping. Witnesses said there injuries on the villagers. Even though police headquarters said one person had died, locals said they saw three bodies. The victims died out of hacking but the attackers had guns. Polic ...

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Seven police officers killed in Al-Shabaab blast inside Kenya

Seven police officers manning Boni Forest died on Tuesday morning after their truck struck a landmine planted by al Shabaab in Kiunga, Lamu East. The forest is the site of Operation Linda Boni that the Kenya Defence Forces launched on September 2, 2015 to flush out al Shabaab militants. The truck was heading from Hindi to Kiunga when the incident occurred near Baure at about 11am, said an officer who sought ...

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KDF camp had 240 soldiers, half missing

There were 240 Kenya Defence Force (KDF) in El Adde camp at the time of the attack by al Shabaab on Sunday, according to sources. The base was led by one Major and four Captains and shared one compound with the Somalia National Army. About 63 KDF soldiers are feared dead and an unknown number are missing, some kidnapped and held hostage by the attackers. Military spokesman David Obonyo disputed that there w ...

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Anxiety grips the nation over fate of Kenya Defence Force soldiers

Issa Abdi, the father of Abdinassir Issa, is the face of anxiety that has gripped the country following reports that Al-Shabaab militants had ambushed a KDF base in El Adde, southern Somalia on Friday morning.His son is one of the soldiers recently deployed under AMISOM to pursue and fight terrorists in the war-torn country. Kenyans have been waiting for official communication about the fate of KDF soldiers ...

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