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Suspect terrorist Choclo Abdi Abdullah from
Kenya captured by elite police in Philippines

MANILA Philippines (Xinhua) -- Philippine police have detained a Kenyan man suspected to be a member of the Al-Shabaab terror group, police announced on Tuesday.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said in a report that Choclo Abdi Abdullah was arrested at a hotel in Iba town in Zambales, northwest of Manila, on Monday afternoon.

According to the report, Abdullah has been a member of the Al-Shabaab Group operating in East Africa since 2012.

A search warrant issued by a local court led to Abdullah’s arrest, the report said, adding the suspect has violated Philippine laws that pertain to illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and explosives.

Police allegedly seized a 9mm pistol, an improvised explosive device, a hand grenade, and other components used in making bombs from Abdullah.

Police said Abdullah is allegedly in the Philippines to study how to fly an airplane in an aviation school in Pasay City, and is conducting a research on aviation threats, aircraft hijacking. Abdullah allegedly falsified travel documents to remain in the country, police added.


Somalia protests over Kenyan official’s tweet on Somaliland

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The Somali government said Monday it has protested to Kenya over a tweet from a senior foreign affairs ministry official to "recognize" Somaliland as a nation.

Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said it summoned Kenya’s Ambassador to Somalia Lucas Tumbo and handed him the protest letter following a tweet by Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs principal secretary Macharia Kamau.

"We consider this tweet an affront to Somalia’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity as well as harmful to the relationship between Somalia and Kenya," the ministry said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

In his tweet on Saturday, Kamau reportedly referred to Somaliland as a nation, a position Somalia has long disputed, arguing that the self-declared region is still part of its territory.

The ministry said Somalia stands for good neighborliness, mutual respect and close cooperation with its neighbors and expects the same from Kenya.

United States to partially resume security assistance to Somali army

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The United States said Tuesday it will partially resume the provision of security assistance to non-mentored units of the Somali National Army (SNA) as part of efforts to enhance capacity of the forces to stabilize the country.

The U.S. Mission to Somalia said in a statement that the resumption will be implemented on a pilot basis with a unit taking part in critical transition operations in Lower Shabelle in southern Somalia.

The mission said the U.S. assesses that the Somali government and the SNA have undertaken significant efforts to improve accountability over donor resources following internal reforms made by the government and an inspection of the recipient unit.

Washington suspended assistance to non-mentored units of the Somali army in December 2017 amid allegations of misuse of funds and corruption by the Somali military.

African Union envoy commends Burundi troops for stabilizing Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The African Union’s top envoy in Somalia has hailed Burundian troops for their efforts in stabilizing Somalia.

Francisco Madeira, special representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia and head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), saluted AMISOM’s Burundi contingent for their pivotal role in liberating Somalia and defeating armed opposition groups.

"AMISOM salutes the government and people of Burundi for the unquantifiable efforts and sacrifice, which has led to considerable stabilization of Somalia," Madeira said in a statement issued on Tuesday after joining Burundian troops in Mogadishu to mark Burundi’s 57th Independence anniversary.

Burundi gained independence from Belgium on July 1, 1962.

Burundi deployed troops in Somalia to serve under AMISOM in December 2007. The Burundi contingent secures Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region, with headquarters in Jowhar town.

Other AMISOM troop contributing countries include Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.



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