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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
African Union hails Uganda for its
contribution in stabilizing Somalia