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The Kenyan army killed 21 al Shabaab militants in Somalia

 The Kenyan army killed 21 al Shabaab militants in a town in southern Somalia after two of its own soldiers were killed in an ambush by the insurgents, a military spokesman said.

David Obonyo, spokesman for the Kenya Defence Forces, said that in the Saturday incident in Afmadow, an improvised explosive device hit and damaged one of their vehicles.

“Following the incident, 21 al Shabaab militants were killed, 19 AK 47 rifles, three rocket propelled grenades and a pistol were recovered,” Obonyo said in a statement late on Saturday.

“Regrettably, KDF suffered two fatalities and five injuries. The injured were evacuated and are receiving medical attention.”

Somalia’s government is battling to rebuild the Horn of Africa nation after more than two decades of conflict. Al Shabaab ruled large parts of Somalia until 2011, when it was driven out of Mogadishu by African Union and Somali troops.

The militants, who aim to topple the Western-backed government, often inflate casualty numbers and downplay the number of their own fighters killed.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, told Reuters on Saturday their fighters had killed 12 soldiers.

In January, Kenyan troops as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) took heavy losses when al Shabaab launched a dawn raid on their camp in El Adde near the Kenyan border, although they have not disclosed exact casualty figures.

Al Shabaab claimed the attack had killed more than 100 soldiers.

(Reporting by Humphrey Malalo in Nairobi and Feisal Omar in Mogadishu; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

Source : MOGADISHU (Reuters)

Amnesty warns against ‘brutal crackdown’ on protesters in Ethiopia

Amnesty warns against 'brutal crackdown' on protesters in Ethiopia

Anti-terror rhetoric by Ethiopia’s government could escalate into a brutal crackdown on protesters, human rights group Amnesty International has warned. A plan to expand the capital’s administrative control into the Oromia region has sparked deadly protests. The government has accused … read more

Security Forces kill up to 50 people in crackdown on peaceful protests in Ethiopia

The violence-torn Horn of Africa is seeing a fresh wave of repression as Ethiopian authorities crack down on protests by the country’s largest ethnic minority.

Human rights groups say an attempted land grab by the federal government has seen violence flare in the Oromia region, with up to 50 protesters killed by security forces so far this month.People from the Oromia region, close to Addis Ababa, have been discriminated against by Ethiopia’s ruling ethnic group

Campaigners from the Oromo ethnic group say they have been labelled “terrorists” by Ethiopian authorities as they fight the government’s plan to integrate parts of Oromia into the capital Addis Ababa.

The violence-torn Horn of Africa is seeing a fresh wave of repression as Ethiopian authorities crack down on protests by the country’s largest ethnic minority. Human rights groups say an attempted land grab by the federal government has seen violence … read more

Sudan’s FM says agreement on Ethiopian dam could be reached by end of December

Sudan's FM says agreement on Ethiopian dam could be reached by end of December

Ghandour tells MENA that Khartoum is doing its best to keep negotiations alive, and hopes a deal between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan could be finalised when the officials from the three countries meet again on 27 and 28 December Sudanese … read more

Cape man thwarts explosion on Ethiopian Air Lines plane

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Cape man thwarts mini explosion on Ethiopian Air Lines plane

Cape Town – A Cape Town man’s quick thinking and cool head turned him into a hero when he separated two burning lithium batteries on a plane and prevented a possible “mini explosion”. Samir Buffkins was on board a five-hour … read more

Ethiopia faces worst drought in decades

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Ethiopia faces worst drought in decades – Al Jazeera Around 15 million Ethiopians could be in need of food aid because of a drought in the country.Hardest-hit areas are Ethiopia’s eastern Afar and southern Somali regions, while pastures and water … read more

2,000 Migrants Tried to Storm the Channel Tunnel in a Desperate Bid to Reach the U.K.

Migrants walk along railway tracks at the Eurotunnel terminal on July 28, 2015 in Calais-Frethun. Attempts by migrants desperate to reach England through the Channel Tunnel reached a new peak overnight July 27/28, as about 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais, northern France. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Eurotunnel called the incident “the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half” More than 2,000 migrants tried to breach the Channel Tunnel in the French port of Calais on Monday, in an attempt to reach the U.K., … read more