updated 7:33 AM MST, Nov 17, 2017

Kenya says 2 police officers killed by improvised bomb

 By Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan official says two police officers have been killed by an improvised bomb near the place where four officers died a day earlier in a similar explosion.

The attacks have raised concerns that the al-Shabab extremist group is turning its focus on Kenya after military pressure on its strongholds in neighboring Somalia.

North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said Thursday the two officers were airlifted to the capital, Nairobi, after the blast struck their vehicle in the Liboi area.

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8 police officers killed by separate bomb blasts in Kenya

By TOM ODULA Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya — Eight Kenyan police officers were killed when their vehicles ran over improvised bombs in two separate incidents near the border with Somalia, officials said Wednesday. The dead included a personal bodyguard for a local governor whose convoy was targeted.

The deaths came a day after Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet announced that al-Shabab extremists based in Somalia were stepping up attacks inside the country. He said al-Shabab is under pressure from African Union troops supporting Somalia's government, which recently declared a new offensive against the extremist group.

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AlShabab kill administrative chief in Kenya's north,2 police missing

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says gunmen suspected to be al-Shabaab Islamic extremists have killed an administrative chief in an attack in Kenya's north that left two Kenya police reservists missing

Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said Tuesday the attack took place in Omar Jillo in Mandera County Monday night.

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Three police killed in northern Kenya bomb attack


NAIROBI: Three Kenyan police officers were killed on Wednesday morning when their vehicle hit a homemade bomb on a road near the Somali border in the northeast of the country.

The vehicle was driving towards the regional town of Garissa when it struck the device close to the Liboi border post.

"They all died on the spot after their vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device," said a regional police officer, on condition of anonymity.

Police spokesman George Kinoti confirmed the incident, saying: "There was an attack this morning and we lost officers."

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Piracy attacks off West Africa nearly doubled in 2016

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DAKAR, Senegal — A new report says pirate attacks off West Africa's coast almost doubled in 2016, with the majority occurring off Nigeria.

The Oceans Beyond Piracy maritime project said Tuesday that incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea off West Africa increased from 54 in 2015 to 95 in 2016.

The report says pirates in the region are increasingly using kidnapping for ransom. Lead author Maisie Pigeon says that model offers financial gain with less risk than hijacking for cargo theft.

There was only one incident of cargo theft hijacking in 2016.

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