NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Three al-Shabab fighters on Sunday raided a
construction site for a hospital in Mandera County in northeast
Kenya near the Somali border but were repulsed by locals,
according to officials.
Mohamed Birik, Northeastern
regional commissioner, said "the local community confronted the
gunmen who proceeded to the construction site but missed their
The gunmen later opened fire and fled though nobody was
He said that 20 workers who were at the construction site had
already been evacuated by the police when the al-Shabab
militants attempted to attack.
The latest attack came in the wake of pressure to re-open
quarry mines in the volatile region by investors and local
Fred Matiang’i, cabinet secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of
Interior and Coordination of National Government, in June
assured Mandera County leaders that quarry mines will be
re-opened soon but in a structured manner.
"It is not the intention of the government to sabotage or
kill the economy of Mandera County.
Our only concern has been the level of insecurity at the
quarries," Matiang’i said.
The Kenyan government announced the closure of quarries on
May 4, 2018, after four miners were killed by suspected al-Shabab
militants at Shimbir Fatuma quarry in Mandera South.
Kenyan officials share
experience in fighting extremist violence in Mozambique
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
Officials from Kenya shared Wednesday in Maputo
their experience in combating extremist violence and their
mechanism to prevent and reduce recruitment, particularly, of
women and girls.
Poverty remains serious, making women and girls vulnerable to
recruitment of militants for extremist violence, Lilian Okembo
from Kenya said at an event that gathered experts from the
southern African region to discuss the role of women in police
in their fight against gender-based violence, cybercrimes and
human trafficking, among others.
"Ladies are very trustworthy, loyal, so when they recruit a
lady, they know that they have recruited an entire village,"
Okembo said when explaining why women are victims of
Sospeter Mungi from the counter-terrorism center in Kenya
said that other forms of preventing and mitigating extremist
violence include community sensitization, national legislation
to address challenges regarding children’s rights, and juvenile
Women police were encouraged to pay full attention to
children’s behavior in social media, another platform used by
recruiters to increase their members.
Participants also stressed joint efforts made by different
countries, as extremist violence has become a global and
United Nations and African
Union envoys condemn suicide attack in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Senior envoys of the United Nations (UN)
and African Union (AU) in Somalia have condemned a suicide
attack that took place in the offices of Mogadishu’s mayor on
Wednesday, which left at least six officials dead and several
others, including the mayor, injured.
In separate statements, James Swan, special representative of
the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and Francisco Madeira,
special representative of the Chairperson of the African Union
Commission for Somalia, said the attack only showed a vicious
disregard for the sanctity of human life.
"The United Nations stands with the people and government of
Somalia in their rejection of such terrorist acts, and our
thoughts are with the victims of this attack," Swan said in a
statement issued in Mogadishu.
A suicide bomb was detonated within the municipal premises
during a meeting at the mayor’s compound, leaving six people
dead and an unknown number injured.
Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman was among those injured when the
suicide bomber detonated explosives which were strapped to his
"I deplore this heinous attack which not only demonstrates a
violent disregard for the sanctity of human life, but also
targets Somalis working to improve the lives of their fellow
Somalis in the Mogadishu-Banadir region," Swan said.
The UN envoy had met with the mayor and members of his team
earlier in the day to hear first-hand about the progress and
challenges in the capital and surrounding area.
Swan, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM),
extended his condolences to the families and friends of the
victims and wished a swift recovery to the injured.
Madeira, the AU envoy, also condemned the attack, saying
increased attacks in the Horn of Africa nation will not deter
efforts to develop the country.
"I condemn in the strongest terms today’s horrific attack on
the Mayor of Mogadishu’s compound; an act of hate against the
people of Somalis aimed to terrorize and curtail the country’s
"I send my sympathies to the families of the victims,"
Militant group al-Shabab, who claimed responsibility for the
attack, said their fighters were targeting the UN envoy who they
believed was inside the mayor’s compound.
Despite being driven out of Mogadishu, the militant group
still stages guerrilla-style assaults and bomb attacks to drive
out AU mission’s troops from Somalia and impose its harsh
version of Islamic law across the Horn of Africa nation.
Somalia army kills three
al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Three al-Shabab militants were
killed on Friday evening in an operation conducted by Somali
forces in Awdinle town in the southern region of Bay, an
official said on Saturday.
Ibrahim Mohamed Nour, governor of Awdinle town, told
journalists that Somali forces launched an attack on al-Shabab
extremists following a tip-off from the residents saying the
militants were forcing Awdinle residents to pay compulsory
"The operation resulted in the killing of three al-Shabab
militants and the capture of another one alive. Weapons and
ammunitions were also recovered from the militants," said Nour,
adding that the captured militant is under the custody of
"We heard the sound of gun fight late Friday afternoon and
later leant it was a clash between government forces and al-Shabab
militants, but we can’t give further details," Hassan Gelle, a
local resident told Xinhua by phone.
The latest military offensive came barely a week after Somali
army killed 15 al-Shabab militants in an offensive in Wanlaweyn
town in Lower Shabelle region.
Somali forces have intensified operations on al-Shabab
extremists in central and southern Somalia, conducting
consecutive offensives to flush the militants out of those