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Police hold seven refugees over terror links and human trafficking

GARISSA (Xinhua) -- Kenyan authorities said Wednesday they are holding seven Somali refugees for hosting Al-Shabaab terrorists and human trafficking at the Dadaab refugee camp in northeast region.

A regional government official Mohamed Saleh said the suspects who are kingpins of human trafficking through the refugee complex were arrested during a joint security operation conducted on Tuesday at the sprawling camp.

"The suspects have been facilitating refugees to move to Nairobi for documents to enable them to move to Europe and Canada.

"The suspects have also been hosting terrorists at the camp," Saleh said in Garissa.

He said the suspects have also been linked to the syndicate in the complex that facilitates Al-Shabaab activities in the world’s largest refugee camp in northeast Kenya.

Saleh said the court has granted the police ten days to continue holding Bartie Mohamed Kalif, Ahmed Abdi Mohamud, Omar Mohamed Kalif, Bare Hussein Mahat, Shamsudin Dubow, Nasra Abdi Noor and Anab Mohammed Mahamud as investigations are done before they can take a plea in court.

"The human trafficking is for Somalis who they bring into the country and acquire fake documents and then they find their way either into our country or proceed to Europe or Canada as Kenyans," Saleh said.

The immigrants are said to be using Kenya as their transit route to other countries such as South Africa or other European countries.

The Kenyan authorities have blamed the vastness of the region for the runaway influx of foreigners into Kenya through the porous border with Somalia.

Several aliens from Somalia have managed to sneak in the county with the help of brokers after paying hundreds of shillings.

But refugee rights organizations and aid agencies have blamed poverty in Africa for the rising cases of human trafficking.

They said that the huge supply of labour both skilled and unskilled makes them vulnerable to criminal syndicates.

Kenyan authorities have also blamed the militants for being behind spates of kidnapping of expatriates working in the sprawling refugee camps in the incursion-prone northern region and tourists in the coastal archipelago towns of Mombasa and Lamu.

Analysts say refugee camps often do pose security challenges for host countries.

Armed groups throughout the world have used them for recruits, shelter, and food, and it is likely Al-Shabaab does the same.


African Union forces foil Al-Shabaab attack at its base in Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said its forces Wednesday thwarted attempts by the Al-Shabaab militants to attack its base in Hiran region in south-west Somalia.

The AU mission said the insurgents who have been fighting the Western-backed government retreated after incurring losses and injures in an attempt to attack the base Jalalaqsi town.

"At around 03:00 today, Al-Shabaab fighters attempted an attack on our base in Jalalaqsi district, approximately 140km south of Beletweyne town," said the AU mission.

"Our troop’s quick reaction repulsed the Al-Shabaab militants who retreated after incurring losses and injuries to their fighters," it added.

AMISOM, which crossed into the Horn of the African nation in 2007 and which has troops comprised of soldiers from Uganda, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Kenya and Ethiopia have been registering a string of successes against Al-Shabaab militia who had seized much of the central and southern Somalia.

The group which has teamed up with global terror network Al-Qaeda is now vowing an all-out war in AMISOM and Somalia government bases.

African intelligence bodies call for efforts against foreign terrorists

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- African countries on Wednesday called for efforts to confront armed groups in the continent against mercenary and foreign terrorists.

The Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa (CISSA) also called for exchanging of information on activities of negative NGOs.

Representatives of CISSA countries, regional and international organizations concluded a three-day regional workshop here, discussing security and stability in Africa.

Sudan’s First Vice President and Prime Minister, Bakri Hassan Saleh, praised the workshop as yielding a "unified African vision," noting that enemies of the human development should be defeated, whether they are "mercenaries, foreign fighters or negative NGOs."

Meanwhile, CISSA’s Executive Secretary, Shimelis Woldesemayat, said that the threats of mercenary, terrorist fighters and negative NGOs require a great attention from the intelligence communities.


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