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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Kenya police unit kill 'al-Shabab' suspect at Kwale South Coast

KWALE (Xinhua) -- Kenyan security officers on Friday killed a wanted al-Shabab suspect in the coastal town of Kwale.

Kwale county police commander Tom Odero said Mohamed Rashid Mwatsumiro was shot dead in Ngombeni village following the killing of two people three weeks ago in the region.

Mwatsumiro is a wanted gang leader and terror operative, Odero said.

A glock pistol used in carrying out robberies within Likoni was discovered from the suspect’s house, he said.

"Security officers raided the home of the suspect who fired at the police officers leading to an exchange of fire," Odero said.

"During the ensuing shootout, one officer was injured and is receiving treatment in hospital."

Police said Mwatsumiro’s gang has been behind insecurity since 2016, including an attack on a police camp earlier in the year and the beheading of a religious leader on Aug. 10.

The gang is also linked to the killing of a Kenyan navy officer in Likono in August and various robberies at petrol stations and mobile money transfer service outlets, also in Likoni.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Eleven militants killed, 15 injured in southern Somalia region

MOGADISHU (Xinhua) -- Somali forces backed by a local militia group known as Ma’awisley killed 11 al-Shabab extremists and injured 15 others in Jowhar town in Somalia’s southern region of Middle Shabelle on Tuesday, military official said on Wednesday.

Salah Ya’qub, commander of Somali forces in charge of 27th division told journalists that a fierce intense counter attack flared up in Shimbirow village in Jowhar town after the militants launched an attack on a base used by government-backed local militia but they were overpowered and repelled.

"The allied forces managed to kill 11 militants and injured 15 others.

"Our forces are now running the base," the officer said, noting that the forces are now conducting operations in the town pursuing the remnants of the militants who ran outside of the town.

Local inhabitants said there was a fierce fight in the town.

"Hooded men attacked the army’s base in the area and shortly after we heard the sound of mortar shells," Jamila Elmi, a resident told Xinhua by phone.

The latest counter offensive came barely two days after government forces killed 20 militants injuring more than 30 others in another counter attack in Barire town in southern region of Lower Shabelle.

Al-Shabab also claimed victory from Tuesday’s attack saying its fighters briefly captured an army base in Shimbirow village and seized weapons and ammunitions from the army.

Meanwhile, the government forces have rescued 20 civilians who had been abducted by the militant group after an operation carried out in southern port town of Kismayo.

Military officials said the rescue operation was carried out in villages within the vicinity of Yontoy, north of Kismayo.

The al-Qaida militants have intensified their attacks on the army bases in Middle and Lower Shabelle regions after they lost many of their strong holds in those regions.
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China sends new 33rd naval fleet for Somalia escort mission

QINGDAO China (Xinhua) -- The 33rd fleet from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Thursday left the port city of Qingdao in east China’s Shandong Province for the Gulf of Aden to escort civilian ships.

The fleet is mainly composed of naval forces from the the Northern Theater Command of the Chinese navy, including a destroyer, a frigate and a supply ship.

It has more than 600 officers and soldiers, dozens of special operation soldiers and two helicopters onboard.

The PLA Navy began to carry out escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia in December 2008.

Over the past decade, the Chinese navy has dispatched 106 vessels and over 28,000 officers and soldiers to escort more than 6,700 Chinese and foreign ships.

             

 

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