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Two Kenyans kidnapped by Somali Shebab in 2012 freed

Two Kenyan officials kidnapped by the Somali Islamist group Shebab during an attack in northeastern Kenya in 2012 have been released, the Kenyan presidency announced Tuesday. "Two Kenyans abducted by Somali Shebab insurgents on January 11th, 2012 have been released following successful negotiations spearheaded by border communities in North Eastern Province," a statement from State House said. mom-ayv/lc

Somali, AU troops regain control of UN compound after attack

Somali and African Union soldiers have regained control of a United Nations compound ending an hour and an half attack by Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents, police and witnesses said Wednesday. "The situation is under control now... Somali soldiers along with African Union forces stormed the compound and killed the attackers," said Somali police official Abdulahi Osman, adding that at least three civilians were killed outside the compound but that there were no initial reports of UN casualties. bur-pjm/fb

Far-right graffiti found at burnt Somali centre in London

British counter-terrorism police were on Wednesday investigating a fire that gutted a Somali community centre in London, after far-right graffiti was found at the scene. Police and firefighters were called in the early hours to a serious blaze at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association in Muswell Hill, north London, which is believed to house a Muslim prayer centre. Counter-terrorism police have taken over the investigation after graffiti reading "EDL" -- the far-right English Defence League -- was found on the building, London's Metropolitan Police said.

Canadian linked to Somalia attack

Authorities are investigating a Canadian's possible death in Mogadishu after reports said he led a recent attack by Shebab Islamists on the main courthouse in the Somali capital. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police "is aware there are media reports linking a Canadian to terrorist attacks in Mogadishu," Sergeant Greg Cox told AFP. "We cannot provide specific details but are working with relevant domestic and international partners to gather information."

Somali journalist jailed for reporting on rape freed: official nur-pjm/jmm

URGENT ¥¥¥ Two blasts in Somali area of Nairobi: Red Cross

Two blasts struck the Somali district of the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, leaving at least one person wounded, the Red Cross said on its Twitter feed. "One casualty has been evacuated," the Red Cross said. The blasts came as results were trickling in from Kenya's presidential polls, although the predominantly Somali district of Eastleigh has in recent months been the target of several attacks attributed to sympathisers of Somalia's Shebab insurgents. hv/mfp

UN chief regrets continued jailing of Somali journalist

UN chief Ban Ki-moon Monday welcomed Somalia's release from jail of a woman who told a journalist she was raped by security forces, but expressed regret the journalist would remain behind bars. A Somali appeals court dropped charges on Sunday against the woman, who had been sentenced to a year in jail for "offending state institutions," but reporter Abdiaziz Abdinuur's sentence was merely cut in half, to six months.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Somali court frees alleged rape victim, reporter jailed

A Somali appeals court dropped charges on Sunday against a woman sentenced to a year in jail after she told a reporter she was raped by security forces, but said the journalist will remain in jail for six months. "The court orders the release of the woman, while the journalist will spend six months in jail for offending state institutions," Judge Hassan Mohamed Ali said, cutting the reporter's original sentence in half. nur-pjm/lc

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