October 7th, 2013
05:30 AM ET

6 suspects involved in Kenya mall attack

At least six people have been singled out for their involvement in last month's Westgate mall attack –and that number is expected to double once the investigation is complete, a senior Kenyan government official said.

Previously, a spokesman for the Kenya Defense Forces identified four terrorists who took part in the mall attack, which left at least 67 people dead. Those four are Khattab al-Kene, an American Somali; Abu Baara al-Sudani, from Sudan; Omar Nabhan, from Kenya; and a man identified only as Umayr.

The senior government official said there was also a woman identified as Somali whose body was found with a mounted gun. The official said the woman was responsible for single-handedly killing more than 30 people.


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September 26th, 2013
12:09 PM ET

At Kenya's request, Interpol issues alert for 'White Widow'

Interpol said Thursday it issued a red notice for Samantha Lewthwaite, the so-called "White Widow," at the request of Kenyan authorities.

Reports that a white woman was among the terrorists who stormed a mall in Nairobi last weekend have prompted a slew of media speculation about Lewthwaite, a British woman whose husband was one of the suicide bombers in the 2005 London terror attacks.

Known as the "White Widow," Lewthwaite, 29, has been wanted by international counterterrorism officials since authorities found bomb-making materials in her Mombasa, Kenya, apartment in 2011. She vanished shortly before a raid.

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43 killed at Kenyan mall; more carnage feared
September 22nd, 2013
03:22 AM ET

43 killed at Kenyan mall; more carnage feared

Almost 24 hours after gunmen stormed an upscale Nairobi mall, spraying bullets and killing dozens, the terror wasn't over.

An unknown number of hostages were still holed up Sunday in parts of Westgate mall, Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre tweeted.

"That is what we suspect. We cannot share any further information," the agency said.

At least 43 people have been killed in the attack, Kenya Red Cross chief, Abbas Gullet said Sunday. He said more than 200 others were wounded.

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September 21st, 2013
06:25 PM ET

Terrorists take credit for Kenya mall attack

Armed gunmen waged a tense standoff with Kenyan police and soldiers inside an upscale Nairobi shopping mall early Sunday, hours after brazenly gunning down shoppers, diners and more.

Bodies still littered the lobby and ground floor of the Westgate Mall more than 10 hours after the attack began, according to the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre. And with gunmen dug in and an unknown number of innocent civilians - perhaps dead or being held hostage - still unaccounted for, there are fears the carnage will get even worse.

There were 39 confirmed dead as of around midnight Saturday, according to Kenya's president, who added his close relatives are among those killed. Two gunmen, including one who was detained after being shot, are also dead.


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August 7th, 2013
04:51 AM ET

Fire shuts down Nairobi airport

A massive fire shut down Nairobi's Kenyatta International Airport on Wednesday, causing extensive damage and a potentially huge toll on Kenya's tourism and commerce.

The blaze had engulfed the airport's entire international terminal, Ken Mijungu of CNN affiliate NTV reported.

No casualties were reported from the fire, which sent a large plume of thick black smoke into the sky.

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March 16th, 2013
06:06 AM ET

Supporters of defeated Kenyan contender gather outside court

Kenyan police fired teargas Saturday to disperse supporters of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who lost the presidential election and is expected to file a petition to challenge the poll outcome.
The supporters gathered outside the supreme court in Nairobi, where he is expected to submit his challenge.

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March 6th, 2013
03:16 AM ET

Kenyans await election outcome

Uhuru Kenyatta, indicted for alleged crimes against humanity and the son of the nation's founding father, was leading early Wednesday in Kenya's presidential election.

With a little more than 40% of the vote counted, Kenyatta was leading - 53% to 42% - over his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, according to the election commission website

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March 4th, 2013
12:01 AM ET

Kenya elections off to a deadly start

Throngs of Kenyans lined up nationwide Monday to choose a president in a tight, anxiously awaited general election, just hours after several people were killed in an attack on a police station in the country's second-largest city.

The victims of the attack at the police station in the port city of Mombasa included both civilians and police officers, said Prime Minister Raila Odinga. He did not have an exact death toll.

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March 3rd, 2013
12:34 AM ET

Main players in Kenyan presidential election

wo Kenyan presidential frontrunners will face off Monday, bringing back memories of a political dynasty that dates to the 1960s.

Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga are the sons of the nation's first president and vice president, respectively.

About five decades later, it is the sons' turn in the spotlight.

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Military will head into area where police slaughtered
An injured Kenyan policeman recounts the attack that occurred in Baragoi, Kenya, on Saturday.
November 14th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

Military will head into area where police slaughtered

Police were ambushed and dozens were slaughtered.  Now the military is being sent in.

Kenya's National Security Council, chaired by President Mwai Kibaki, said today that soldiers will join a police-led operation in the Samburu region.  But it will take some time to have "actual boots on the ground," said Col. Cyrus Oguna, spokesman for the Kenya Defense Forces.

Over the weekend, 38 officers were killed by heavily armed cattle rustlers, according to injured police reservists who were on the scene.  Local media reports put the number killed at between 37 and 42.  Many others were injured.

The police were part of an operation to recover cattle belonging to the Samburu tribe that had been stolen by the Turkana tribe, officials said. A large group of Turkana fired on police in a valley.

The Turkana and Samburu have been staging raids to steal each other's livestock for many years.

38 Kenyan officers killed in ambush involving cattle rustlers
An injured Kenyan policeman recounts the attack in Baragoi, Kenya on November 10.
November 13th, 2012
04:32 AM ET

38 Kenyan officers killed in ambush involving cattle rustlers

In the worst single incident for Kenyan police in living memory, 38 officers were killed in northern Kenya over the weekend by heavily armed cattle rustlers, according to injured police reservists who were on the scene.

November 4th, 2012
01:10 PM ET

Grenade turns church service deadly

A grenade flew into a Kenyan church today, turning a prayer service into carnage.

The attack in Garissa, a city in northeastern Kenya, killed at least one person and wounded at least 13 others.  At least two are in critical condition.  It was the latest in a slew of similar attacks in the country.


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Raid, grenades, gunfire: Three dead in Kenyan tourist city
A Kenyan police officer guards the house where the attack took place.
October 17th, 2012
09:38 AM ET

Raid, grenades, gunfire: Three dead in Kenyan tourist city

Police knocked on the door in the middle of the night, giving whoever was inside a chance to open it.  But the anti-terrorism squad had come prepared for a raid.

When the militant suspect inside refused to let them in, the officers broke down the door - and were met by a grenade flying straight at them.

The blast injured three officers and killed a suspected criminal who had led them to the home in Mombasa, Kenya's second-largest city and a popular tourist destination.  Police had arrested the suspect earlier, and got him to take them to what he said was a home containing an illegal weapons cache, according to regional police chief Aggrey Adoli.

As the grenade exploded, police began shooting into the doorway, killing the suspected militant who had hurled the explosive at them.

As he fell, he dropped a second grenade he'd been holding. That blast injured five policemen - one of whom who later died due to his injuries.

Inside the house, police recovered two more grenades, a pistol, and 15 rounds of ammunition, Adoli said.

The suspects - both the one who took police to the home and the one who pitched the grenade at them - had no identity cards, Adoli said.  "We cannot rule out that they are enemies from Al-Shabaab who were planning an attack following the fall of Kismayo” in neighboring Somalia, he added.

The al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab is trying to overthrow the Somali government, and has also been blamed for violence in Kenya.

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August 28th, 2012
10:55 AM ET

One dead after protesters throw grenade at police in Kenya, official says

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) - Protesters threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying anti-riot police in Mombasa Tuesday, killing one officer and wounding 13 others, a police official said.

The violence came on the second day of protests after a radical Muslim cleric was killed in the same city Monday by assailants his wife claims were police.

Provincial police chief Aggrey Adoli told CNN the police were on their way to help beef up security because of the ongoing riots. An unknown perpetrator hurled a grenade at the police truck, causing the fatality and injuries. The wounded are being treated at two hospitals in Mombasa, Adoli added.

August 27th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Islamic cleric facing terrorism charges killed in Kenya

A radical Islamic cleric who faced charges relating to terrorism was killed in a daylight ambush Monday morning in Kenya's main coastal city, Mombasa, Kenya Police said.

Aboud Rogo Mohammed was accused supporting Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia and was blacklisted by the United States and U.N. Security Council. He also faced charges before a Kenyan court for planning terror attacks in Mombasa.

"We have received reports that Aboud Rogo Mohammed has died," said Eric Kiraithe, the Kenya Police spokesman. "We are taking this matter very seriously. It is disappointing to us, because we had a case in court and we had evidence to go to its logical conclusion."

But Rogo's wife, Hania Said, claimed the shooters were Kenyan police.

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Kenyan men & women win, place, show at unseasonable Boston Marathon
The men's elite field heads out during the start of the 116th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
April 16th, 2012
12:31 PM ET

Kenyan men & women win, place, show at unseasonable Boston Marathon

The top three winners in the men's and women's divisions of Monday's Boston Marathon were all Kenyan, according to the race's website.

Wesley Korir, 29, was tops among the men with an unofficial time of 2:12:41. Levy Matebo, 22, and Bernard Kipyego, 25, finished at 2:13:06 and 2:13:13, respectively.

Sharon Cherop, 28, was the fastest among the women with an unofficial time of 2:31:50. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, 27, and Giorgino Rono, 31, finished second and third with unofficial times of 2:31:52 and 2:33:09.

This year's Boston Marathon was held in abnormally high temperatures - so warm that race organizers took several steps to warn participants and allow those concerned about the heat to run next year instead.

The race, which began in 1897 and bills itself as the world's oldest annually contested marathon, is typically held in relatively cool weather. The average temperature for an April day in Boston is 47 degrees - with a usual high of 56 and low of 40 degrees - according to the city and National Weather Service. When this year's race finished, the temperature was in the mid-70s.

With its rolling hills, the Hopkinton-to-Boston course is often considered among the nation's most grueling marathons even in ideal racing conditions.

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March 26th, 2012
11:03 AM ET

Oil discovered in Kenya

Kenya has finally struck oil after decades of exploration, the country's president announced Monday.

President Mwai Kibaki called the discovery a "major breakthrough," though it will take more than three years before the country can become an oil producer.

"This is the first time Kenya has made such a discovery and it is very good news for our country," Kibaki said at a state function in Nairobi.

March 21st, 2012
08:12 AM ET

Somali pirates release British hostage

Somali pirates freed a British hostage Wednesday, nearly seven months after she was taken captive in a raid at a Kenyan beach resort in which her husband was killed.

Judith Tebbutt told British broadcaster ITN that she was "very relieved" and was looking forward to seeing her son, who, she said, had helped secure her release.

"I don't know how he did it," she said.

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October 27th, 2011
08:35 AM ET

4 killed in vehicle attack, Kenya police say

Four people were killed and several injured in an attack on a vehicle carrying government officials transporting school examination papers in northeastern Kenya Thursday, police said.

The incident occurred about 110 kilometers (68 miles) from Mandera, a border town with Somalia, Kenya Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said. It was unclear who carried out the attack on the car, he said.

Mandera is in a part of Kenya which suffers from chronic insecurity and both banditry and incursions by militant groups are relatively common.

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October 26th, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Kenya: Al-Shabaab did not order grenade attacks

Twin grenade attacks in Nairobi earlier this week were not the work of the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, a Kenyan government spokesman said Wednesday.

"It was two young guys inspired by Al-Shabaab," said Alfred Mutua, "but not directed by Al-Shabaab leadership."

One suspect has been arrested, Mutua said, and authorities hope to arrest the second soon.

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