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    Kenya Charges 4 in Mall Attack

    FILE - Shoppers flee during an attack by gunmen, inside the Westgate shopping mall in this still frame taken from video footage by security cameras inside the mall in Nairobi, Kenya, released on Oct. 17, 2013.
    FILE - Shoppers flee during an attack by gunmen, inside the Westgate shopping mall in this still frame taken from video footage by security cameras inside the mall in Nairobi, Kenya, released on Oct. 17, 2013.
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    A Kenyan court charged four Somali men on Monday with terrorist offenses for helping al-Qaida-linked militants carry out an attack on a shopping mall in
    Nairobi that killed 67 people.

    Few details have emerged so far about the how the September attack was masterminded or how gunmen held off Kenyan security forces for four days in the Westgate mall.  The assault was claimed by the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab.

    U.S., British, Israeli and other experts joined Kenyan investigators at the site of the attack, which struck at the heart of east Africa's biggest economy. The West sees Kenya as vital to the regional fight against militant Islam.

    All the men who appeared in court on Monday were formally charged with "commission of a terrorist act" under Kenya's anti-terrorism laws. Other accusations ranged from providing support and shelter to the gunmen to using false documents.
    The suspects all pleaded not guilty at the hearing.

    The men were named as Mohamed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdullah Omar and Hussein Hassan, while a fourth was identified as Adan Mohamed Ibrahim, although he was listed as using other aliases.

    Last month, Kenya named four gunmen who took part in the assault. Al-Shabaab said it acted because of Kenya's refusal to withdraw its troops from Somalia where they are part of a African peacekeeping force battling the militants.

    The court is expected to set a formal date for the start of trial on Nov. 11. The men were remanded in custody until then.

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    by: Paul Gesimba from: Nairobi
    November 05, 2013 12:18 AM
    The Al Shabaab should follow the good example of the M23 rebels in the DRC or the Democratic Republic of Congo and sue for peace .Otherwise the AMISOM forces should be boosted to force them into submission with the inclusion of the Ethiopian troops Just like the UN forces in the DRC were boosted by the inclusion of the Tanzanian troops and widening their mandate to pursue the rebels and subdue them .

    by: Akeen Nyanut from: Juba, South Sudan
    November 04, 2013 12:38 PM
    Al Shababa you have spoiled the name of beautiful nation inthe world so-called Somalia, we are calling on you to stop fighting and come for peace talk in to protect the using of jahudname on you.

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