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Kenya police intensify security operations
in hunt for 'al shabaab' terror suspects

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police said they have intensified security operations across the east African nation to pursue perpetrators of the Nairobi hotel attack in which 21 people were killed and several others injured.
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Terror attack suspects are arraigned at a court in Nairobi | Coastweek   Police spokesman Charles Owino also circulated photos of eight suspects believed to have planned the attack on the luxury hotel and business complex that left 21 people dead.

"We are appealing to members of the public to be on the lookout and report to the nearest security agency should they see any of the persons whose photos appear therein," Owino said in a statement issued on Sunday evening.

According to Owino, the police believe the suspects are currently in Somalia and are making efforts to fraudulently acquire Kenyan identities.

Somali terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack, saying they killed 47 people inside Dusit Hotel, part of a Thai-owned international chain that appeared to be the chief target of the attackers.

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Terror attack suspects are arraigned at a court in Nairobi. The suspects were on Monday charged with an attack at an upmarket hotel and office complex that left at least 21 people dead and several others injured. XINHUA PHOTO- ALLAN MUTISO
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The militant group said the Nairobi attack was a response to the "witless remarks" of U.S. President Donald Trump and his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to the "systematic prosecution of Muslims in Palestine."
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Four injured in armed attack on construction site near Kenya-Somalia border

GARISSA (Xinhua) -- Four people were injured in an attack by gunmen on a Chinese road construction site in Shimbirey, about 50 km from Garissa town on Sunday evening, Kenyan police confirmed on Monday.

Garissa County Police Commander David Kerina, who visited the scene, said swift response by the police helped save lives.

The police are pursuing militants suspected to have crossed from neighboring Somalia after escaping on foot toward Dadaab area, Kerina said.

"As per the tracking, quite a number of them sustained bullet injuries and we are right on their heels. Sooner we shall catch up with them," Kerina told journalists in Garissa town.

He said the security officers guarding the camp returned fire and in about 15 minutes were able to repulse the militants who fled to nearby thicket.

The police said the attack occurred at around 8 p.m. on Sunday.

According to locals who did not want to be named, eight hooded militants, all armed with AK-47 rifles, kidnapped a man from a nearby village and ordered him to take them to the camp of the construction site.

As they approached the camp, they started shooting arbitrarily, prompting the workers who are housed outside the fenced camp to scatter for safety.

During the shootout, the wife of one of the security guards manning the gate was shot from behind and a bullet is said to be lodged in her shoulder.

She was rushed to hospital and her condition is now stable.

Three others were also injured, including the husband of the injured woman.
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Three senior al-Shabab militants arrested in southern Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somali National Army (SNA) have arrested three senior al-Shabab members in an operation conducted on Sunday evening in the country’s southern region of Bakol, officials said on Monday.

Dahir Ali Mohamed, the commander of 260 unit section nine told journalists that their forces apprehended three high-profile militants in the Amniyat, al-Shabab’s intelligence wing in an operation in the region.

"Our forces have detained three al-Shabab terrorists who were planning terror attack on the residents and assassinate people," the official said

Mohamed noted that Somali army will intensify the operations on al-Shabab militants in the region.

The move comes amid Somali national forces are conducting major operations against the al-Qaida-affiliated group al-Shabab in central and southern Somalia.

Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) backed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) ousted al-Shabab from the capital Mogadishu in August 2011, but the terror group is still in control of several areas in southern Somalia and capable of conducting attacks.

• Meanwhile, the security forcers are interrogating a foreign national who was arrested with explosive material while trying to travel from Mogadishu airport to Ethiopia on Sunday.

The security official said the suspect was nabbed as he was due to board the Ethiopia-bound plane but it was not clear why the foreign national was travelling with prohibited materials.

The arrest comes amid heightened security surveillance following attacks on Ethiopian soldiers on Saturday.

The insurgents claimed to have killed 57 Ethiopian troops in southern Somalia.

The U.S. army responded and later killed 52 militants.

The arrest of the foreigner at the airport comes two years after Daallo Airbus was attacked with a laptop bomb, killing one person thought to be the suicide bomber and injured two passengers.

The aircraft A321 flight was about 15 minutes in the air when the bombing incident happened on February 2, 2016, causing a hole in the fuselage.

However, pilots managed to land the aircraft back to Mogadishu Airport safely and without any further incident.
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