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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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Ethiopia’s crackdown on dissent takes rising toll

Wolonkomi, Ethiopia - Security forces have killed at least 140 people during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Ethiopia in recent weeks, activists and rights groups say. The protests - by members of the country's largest ethnic group, Oromo - have been prompted by fears that farmers will be displaced by government development plans. The government has admitted to killing dozens of protesters, ...

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Uganda media intimidated ahead of presidential polls: HRW

Government intimidation of journalists and activists in Uganda is having a “chilling effect” on free speech ahead of elections next month, Human Rights Watch said Monday. Seven opposition candidates are vying to end President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year rule in the February 18 poll and there are fears violence could mar the campaign, with all sides are accusing each other of arming militias to press their cla ...

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Ethiopian security forces kill 140 Oromo protesters

Ethiopian security forces have killed at least 140 people taking part in mass anti-government demonstrations since November, activists say, according to US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW). The protests have been sparked by fears that a plan to expand the capital's administrative control into the Oromia region will displace Oromo farmers. HRW also called for the release of an Oromo politician arrested last mo ...

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Al-shabaab ambush Kenyan convey in Lamu

Gunmen ambushed a police convoy in Lamu, injuring security officials and setting a police truck on fire. There was a fierce gun battle at the scene preceded by an explosion. The attackers detonated an explosive device as the convoy of four trucks ferrying General Service Unit GSU officers approached Bargoni township in northern Lamu. According to reports, the attack occurred at around 1pm on Friday outside ...

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Burundi’s president threatens to fight African peacekeepers

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza threatened on Wednesday to fight any African Union peacekeepers imposed on his country, in his most confrontational comments yet on a mounting political crisis. The African Union said this month it was ready to send 5,000 peacekeepers to protect civilians caught up in months of violence, invoking for the first time powers to intervene in a member state against its will. ...

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Ethiopian opposition figures arrested over land protests

Ethiopian police have arrested two senior opposition members on suspicion of inciting weeks of protests against government plans to set up a new economic zone near the capital that would displace farmers, their party leader said on Friday. The Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) says 87 protesters have been killed by police since demonstrations broke out this month in Oromiya region, in the country's worst civi ...

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At least one police officer killed & several others injured after Al-Shabaab ambushes Kenyan police convoy

MOGADISHU - Somali Islamist militants attacked two Kenyan police convoys in northern Kenya on Friday, killing at least one police officer, police and a spokesman for the group said. The al Shabaab group, which seeks to overthrow Somalia's Western-backed government and impose a strict version of Sharia law, has carried out regular assaults in neighboring Kenya in retaliation for Kenya's contributing troops t ...

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