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Kenya: 3,000 Arrested After Terror Attacks

bbb_somalida_kenyaAt least 3,000 people were arrested in Kenya during four days of security operations across the country following a wave of terror attacks, officials said Tuesday.

Kenya police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi said most of those arrested and held at a sports stadium in the capital have been questioned by security agencies and released, but 447 suspects remain in custody under anti-terrorism laws that allow police to hold suspects longer than 24 hours. He said 69 suspects had been charged in court with various offenses.

Human rights activists have criticized the security operation, which police said was prompted by recent explosions and gun attacks that have killed at least 12 and have been blamed on Somali militant group, al-Shabab. The extremist group has vowed to carry out terror attacks in Kenya in retaliation for Kenya sending its military to Somalia to help fight insurgents.

Rights groups say only Somalis are being targeted, and they are concerned about their treatment. Police denied both allegations.

Activist al-Amin Kimathi said journalists and human rights groups are not being allowed to the stadium where the suspects are being held.

"There is no transparency, it's very opaque, there are no health facilities, and there is a lack of amenities. There is no documentation," he said.

Kimathi warned that the government operation may lead to disaffection between a sector of Kenyans and the state.

"There are fears of sectarian tensions maybe sired by this kind of approach ... Whereas government keeps saying that it's not about religion, the perception is very strong that the government is targeting ethnic Somalis and religion," he said.

Police spokesman Mwinyi denied allegations that certain communities and faiths are being targeted by police, and said the suspects are being kept in humane conditions.

Mwinyi said the aim of the operation is to detect illegal aliens, arrest and prosecute persons suspected of engaging in terrorist activities, identify places harboring criminals, and to contain and prevent general acts of crime and lawlessness


Hollande condemns killing of Europeans working for UN in Somalia

frenchpresidentFrench President Francois Hollande on Monday strongly condemned the killing in central Somalia of a French and a British nationals employed by the UN to fight crime in that country.

The French leader said in a statement that the attack against the UN workers was "a cowardly assassination" of people who were "acting for peace in the name of the international community." Hollande praised the work of the UN personnel all over the world and he said France would stand by the Somali authorities in their fight against terrorism.

The two UN workers, who were active in combating drugs smuggling and related criminality, were shot Monday as they left a plane in the central town of Galkayo, several hundred kilometres from the capital, Mogadishu.


Scenarios for Gül becoming PM after Erdoğan discussed

gul-erdoganAs more and more indications suggest that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the most probable candidate for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the upcoming presidential elections, debate is ongoing about how President Abdullah Gül can switch places with Erdoğan.

According to a likely scenario, the resignation of an AK Party deputy may pave the way for Gül to take over the post of prime minister.


“There are two ways before us: the Bayburt model or a by-election,” Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah İşler said on the Kanal 7 television channel on Sunday night.


Insecurity in Somalia may slow down refugee returns, says UN :BNN

barakacayaal0The UN humanitarian agency said the planned spontaneous returns of Somali refugees mainly from Kenya is likely to be affected by the insecurity in central and southern parts of the Horn of Africa nation.


The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest report for Somalia that the returns will decline due to the ongoing military offensive on the militant- controlled areas in southern and central regions.


"Following the mid-March launch of a military offensive by the Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to recover Al-Shabaab-controlled areas in southern and central Somalia, humanitarian agencies remain concerned about possible consequences," OCHA said in a report on Saturday.


BREAKINGNEWS:PM Erdogan hails "great" election victory

erdoganTurkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said he will build a “stronger democracy” after his ruling Justice and Development Party seemed set for a decisive local election victory on Sunday.
Speaking to a cheering crowd of supporters at his AK Party's headquarters in the capital, Ankara, Erdogan hailed a "great" electoral victory. The AK Party received 47 percent of the vote, placing it well ahead of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), which won 27 percent.

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