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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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KDF forces accused of committing atrocities against civilians in Kenya town

Ijara MP Ahmed Abass has accused the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) of committing atrocities against civilians in his constituency. Speaking in Hullugho town, Mr Abass linked KDF to the death of four herders in the area this year. The youthful legislator said the KDF officers posted in the border sub-county to protect the locals from external aggression perpetuated by Somali-based terrorists, were turning out t ...

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More than 40 members of the troubled Ethiopian Air Force fled the country

Sources closer to the Washington based Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) today reported that a number of staff members from the Debre Zeyit Air force headquarters along with 14 aircraft technicians and unspecified number of pilots didn’t show for work in the past one month. The technicians were from the transport and tactical helicopter squadron unit, SU27 fighter jets units and Antonov 12 transporter u ...

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Muslims being ‘erased’ from Central African Republic

Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing of Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Discussing Friday's report, entitled "Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed areas of the Central African Republic," Joanne Mariner, a senior crisis response adviser at th ...

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