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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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Kenya army involved in sugar smuggling racket: report

Nairobi - Kenya's army is involved in a $400-million sugar smuggling racket in Somalia that also funds the Al-Qaeda militants it is supposed to be fighting, a report alleged Thursday. Far from fighting the Shebab, Al-Qaeda's East Africa affiliate, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are, "in garrison mode, sitting in bases while senior commanders are engaged in corrupt business practices," said the investigation ...

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Police warn of Al-Shabaab regrouping, asks Kenyans to be vigilant

NAIROBI: Police have issued a warning of a possible terror attack in Nairobi, North Eastern and Coast, and have advised Kenyans be on high alert during the ongoing rains. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said: “Available information indicates that Al-Shabaab could be mobilising in Somalia and may take advantage of the rainy season to infiltrate through our borders and stage attacks in North Easter ...

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African Union urged to hasten troop deployment to Burundi

ADDIS ABABA - The African Union's peace and security council on Saturday recommended the organisation hasten plans for sending troops to Burundi if violence in the central African nation worsens and called for investigations into rights abuses there. The council also said the union would impose sanctions against anyone who incited further violence in Burundi. Burundi has suffered months of violent turmoil s ...

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Journalists murder: CPJ’s “Getting Away With Murder” says Somalia is worst offender

Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) Global Impunity Index of countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished has included the names of South Sudan and Bangladesh, where journalists are killed but their killers get away without any punishment. CPJ said that the ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh are some incidents which propelled th ...

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Kenyan security agents behind ‘killings and disappearances’

Kenyan security forces have carried out 25 extrajudicial killing in the last two years in a crackdown on militants, Kenya's official rights body says. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said it had also recorded 81 "enforced disappearances" since 2013. The report covers the period since the attack on Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi by Islamist militants. It added that it was concerned that et ...

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Burundi army chief escapes assassination attempt, seven killed: police

The head of Burundi's armed forces on Friday survived an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura, police said, adding that at least seven other people were killed in the attack. "There was an attack against the armed forces chief, General Prime Niyongabo, but happily he was unharmed," Burundi's deputy police chief, General Godefroid Bizimana, told AFP. He said two attackers were killed in the clash, ...

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Aid agency suspends its support to Burundi government

Burundi East African Community (EAC) Minister Leontine Nzeyimana Friday said Burundi is going to pay fees Burundian officials who participate in EAC meetings after the German cooperation agency GIZ suspended its aid for Burundian citizens. "I read in the newspapers that the German cooperation agency GIZ wrote to the EAC secretariat, saying that it has suspended its support to Burundi’s delegates participati ...

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