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19 killed in Djibouti as security forces raid religious gathering

A Djibouti opposition group said at least 19 people were killed in clashes with police that began when people were marking a religious celebration, while the government said just nine people were wounded when police fought armed individuals. The rival accounts made it difficult to determine what was precisely the cause or the number of casualties from the clashes early on Monday in the tiny Horn of Africa n ...

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Burundi crisis: African Union plans to deploy peacekeepers

The African Union (AU) has announced a plan to send 5,000 peacekeepers to protect civilians in Burundi, even without the government's consent. The proposal was approved by the AU's Peace and Security Council but will need to get the backing of the UN. On Thursday the AU said it would not allow genocide to take place in Burundi. But Burundi said if the AU sent troops with the government's consent it would co ...

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Protests in Ethiopia leave at least 40 dead

Several people were killed during protests in the Oromia region of Ethiopia on Tuesday, according to media reports. The protests were in response to the government’s plan to develop farmland into a new business zone. The protests are the most recent clash between members of the Oromo ethnic group and the Ethiopian government.  Since November several demonstrations exploded across 30 cities in the country le ...

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Burundi defends security forces, sees no need for peacekeepers

Burundi has dismissed criticism of its security forces, saying they acted professionally after insurgents attacked military bases in the capital, and also said there was no need to send foreign peacekeepers to the African nation. The U.N. Security Council has considered actions that include sending a peacekeeping force to deal with Burundi's crisis, which pits supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza again ...

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5 policemen wounded by a roadside bomb on Kenya-Somali border

A Kenyan official says a roadside bomb suspected to have been planted by extremist in the northern Kenyan town of Mandera, near the Somali border, wounded five policemen, three of them seriously. The attack comes a day after one Kenyan soldier died and two others were wounded in an ambush in Mandera by al-Shabab Islamic extremists from Somalia. The official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not auth ...

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Death toll from day of clashes in Burundi capital rises to nearly 90

Nearly 90 people were killed during Friday's clashes in the Burundian capital, the army said on Saturday, the worst outbreak of violence in Burundi since a failed coup in May. Blasts and gunfire echoed around Bujumbura for most of Friday and residents said officials spent the day collecting bullet-riddled bodies from city streets. There was no fighting overnight and the capital's streets were calm on Saturd ...

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Kenya closes stone quarries in border region amid terror threats

Kenyan authorities on Tuesday ordered all quarries in Mandera County near the Somali border be closed and all workers vacate the places due to terror threats. The police directive comes at a time when the stone miners have become targets of the Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab, with the latest attack in July claiming 14 lives in Mandera county. On December 2, 2014, 36 miners were killed by Al-Shabaab ...

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Report details how Somalia Islamists outsmarted security system to execute Garissa University attack

NAIROBI: Kenya’s spy chief secretly admitted that the Al Shabaab intelligence wing, the Amniyaat, outwitted the country’s security system ahead of the killing of university students in Garissa in April. In a confidential report filed with the National Assembly’s Committee on Administration and National Security, the spy chief revealed an elaborate plan of surveillance, intelligence collection, stockpiling o ...

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Tensions high after Ethiopian troops shot dead three Kenyan police officers in border town

Three Kenyan police officers were on Friday shot dead by Ethiopian soldiers as they patrolled the Anona area in Sololo, Marsabit County. Tension is high in the area with the presence of the foreign troops, who are pursuing members of the outlawed Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). Ethiopian soldiers and OLF fighters had been involved in clashes before the latter escaped by crossing into Kenya. Acting county poli ...

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Al-Shabaab still a major security threat to kenya – returnees

Al Shabaab militia group continues to pose a threat to Kenya’s security fours years after the Kenyan Defence Forces crossed borders into Somalia in pursuit of the terror outfit. The militants still target disillusioned young Kenyans, promising them good money for their families back home and a place in paradise if they die shahid (as martyrs). Al Shabaab has also been luring the youth by promising them scho ...

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