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Kenya mall gunman shouted 'We are Shebab': trial witness

A witness in the trial of four men accused of helping the gunmen behind Kenya's Westgate mall massacre described Thursday how an attacker shouted out his allegiance to Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab. "I saw two slim men in black head scarves and jungle green combat trousers, they had belts and ammunition," said Thomas Kamau Ndung'u, a hairdresser in the mall, who gave evidence on the second day of the trial. "One of the attackers shouted, 'We are Al-Shebab'".

Trial of Kenya Westgate mall massacre suspects opens

The trial opened Wednesday of four men charged in connection with the massacre at Kenya's Westgate mall, an attack claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. The court heard testimony from a guard who was outside the upmarket mall when the gunmen launched their attack in September, killing at least 67 people. The men are not accused of carrying out the attack, but of lending support to the gunmen.

Trial of Kenya Westgate mall massacre suspects opens

The trial opened Wednesday of four men charged in connection with the massacre at Kenya's Westgate mall, an attack claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. The court heard testimony from a guard who was outside the upmarket mall when the gunmen launched their attack in September, killing at least 67 people. The men are not accused of carrying out the attack, but of lending support to the gunmen.

Trial of Kenya Westgate mall massacre suspects opens

The trial of four men charged in connection with Kenya's Westgate mall massacre opened Wednesday, an attack claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. The court heard testimony from a guard who was outside the upmarket mall when the gunmen launched their attack in September, killing at least 67 people. The men are not accused of carrying out the attack, but of lending support to the gunmen.

Kenya says 30 Shebab rebels killed in Somalia air strike

Kenya said Friday it had killed at least 30 Shebab rebels including top commanders in an air strike on a training camp in Somalia. The raid on Thursday evening targeted a Shebab camp in Garbarahey in Gedo region, situated around 600 kilometres (390 miles) northwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu and near the border with Kenya and Ethiopia, the Kenyan military said. "KDF (Kenya Defence Force) fighter jets attacked an Al Shebab camp, where a meeting was being held," a senior KDF official said.

Kenya says 30 Shebab rebels killed in Somalia air strike

Kenya said Friday it had killed at least 30 Shebab rebels including top commanders in an air strike on a training camp in Somalia. The raid on Thursday evening targeted a Shebab camp in Garbarahey in Gedo region, situated around 600 kilometres (390 miles) northwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu and near the border with Kenya and Ethiopia, the Kenyan military said. mom-sas/cc

Manitoba Telecom says president of Allstream division to leave on Jan. 17

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX:MBT) says the president of its MTS Allstream division is stepping down on Jan. 17 to pursue other interests, following 17 years with the company. Allstream president Dean Prevost will be replaced by the division's chief operating officer, Michael Strople, who has been with the company since 2005. Prevost is the second senior executive to depart Allstream since the federal government blocked a deal in October to sell the operations to an Egyptian group for $520 million.

Manitoba Telecom says president of Allstream division to leave on Jan. 17

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX:MBT) says the president of its MTS Allstream division is stepping down on Jan. 17 to pursue other interests, following 27 years with the company. Allstream president Dean Provost will be replaced by the division's chief operating officer, Michael Strople, who has been with the company since 2005. Provost is the second senior executive to depart Allstream since the federal government blocked a deal in October to sell the operations to an Egyptian group for $520 million.

Somalia's Shebab boasts of twin hotel bombing killing 11

Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab said Thursday it carried out a twin bombing of a hotel in Mogadishu that killed 11, boasting it was the start of its campaign for the new year. "This is the beginning of 2014," Shebab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage said in a New Year message, a day after the hotel attacks. "The fate of foreigners and local mercenaries will remain the same until they leave the country... they will have no safe haven in Somalia."

Deadly car bomb attack at Mogadishu hotel: Somali police

A car bomb targeting a hotel in Mogadishu exploded Wednesday, killing an as yet unspecified number of people, Somali police said. "A booby-trapped car exploded against hotel Jazeera," said officer Muhidin Ahmed, adding that the blast had caused deaths and injuries, without giving figures. nur-aud/hmn/cc
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