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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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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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