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Islamist militants ambushed a bus in
Kenya yesterday and sprayed bullets on
those who failed to recite Quran verses,
killing at least 28 people, authorities said.
The bus, which had 60 people aboard,
was heading from Mandera, near the Somali
border, to the capital of Nairobi.
About 20 miles into its dawn journey,
militants stopped it at a hilly area and
stormed in, local police Cmdr Noah
Militants demanded those on board recite
Quran verses. As others watched, they
opened fire on passengers who failed to do
so, he said.
Somali-based terror group Al-Shabaab
claimed responsibility for the attack in a
statement, saying it was retaliation for
mosque raids this week. It described those
killed as Christians.
This is one of the busiest travel seasons
in the nation. Throngs make their way to
relatives' homes for the holidays, with buses
and other public transportation packed this
time of the year.
"Security agencies are in pursuit of the
criminal gang," the Interior Ministry said
in a statement. It later said helicopters and
jets have demolished the attackers' camp
and operations were ongoing.
Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku
declined to comment on the incident.
The bodies of the victims were being
taken to Nairobi, where the Kenya Red Cross
will provide assistance to victims' relatives
and survivors of the attack, said the organ-
isation's secretary general, Abbas Gullet.
Days before the bus attack, police raided
multiple mosques in the port city of Mom-
basa after they found explosives in one. The
searches this week prompted clashes with
Muslim youths in the city, Kenya's second-
Al-Shabaab, which has ties to al Qaeda,
has launched a series of attacks in Kenya
since its forces went into neighboring Soma-
lia in 2011 to battle the extremists.
Kenyan soldiers have targeted militants'
hideouts across Somalia, prompting retal-
iatory attacks from the terror group.
Last year, Al-Shabaab raided a Nairobi
mall in a brazen attack that killed 68 people
and left shoppers under siege for days.
In addition to Kenya and Somalia, the
terror group has struck Uganda, where it
killed more than 70 people gathered at a
World Cup soccer match in Kampala in
As the attacks get more daring, the inter-
national community has rallied to battle the
militants. In September, a US airstrike killed
Al-Shabaab's leader, Ahmed Godane. The
terror group later replaced him and vowed
to avenge his death. (CNN)
Militants hijack bus
...kill dozens in Kenya
Kenyan security forces
and others gather
around the scene of an
attack on a bus in
extremist rebels, al-
Shabab, attacked the
bus in northern Kenya
at dawn, singling out
and killing 28
passengers who could
not recite an Islamic
creed and were
assumed to be non-
Muslims, Kenyan police
said. (AP PHOTOS)
Ziporah Mora holds her child as she waits news of the return of the bodies of those killed
in the Mandera attack. Relatives of those slain also await information.
Kenya---Have you seen a man who loaded live
giraffes into a Tanzanian military plane for deliv-
ery to Qatar? If so Interpol would like to speak
The international police agency Interpol recently
began a Most Wanted campaign of suspects who
have carried out such environmental crimes as
wildlife trafficking, illegal fishing, illegal logging
and trading in ivory.
Interpol is asking for the public's help in tracking
down nine suspects on that list. Ioannis Kokkinis,
an Interpol criminal intelligence officer, said in a
statement this week that a new clue can crack
open a dormant case.
Among the nine most wanted is Ahmed Kamran.
Interpol says Kamran allegedly paid for the trans-
port of live giraffes and impalas by military plane
from Kilimanjaro International Airport to be deliv-
ered to Qatar, where African wildlife like cheetahs
are popular pets among the country's most affluent
Interpol and the UN Environmental Program
(Unep) said in a joint report this year that the
illegal wildlife trade and environmental crimes
like the illegal timber industry is worth an estimated
$70 to $213 billion a year.
Unep has said that the illegal cutting of timber
and the poaching of elephants and rhinos are part
of a "rapidly escalating environmental crime wave."
PARIS---Prince Albert II and Princess
Charlene of Monaco are expecting
twins next month and the first one
born will be the prince's royal heir.
The palace of the Riviera principality
advised citizens yesterday that the big
moment, expected in December, will be
celebrated with church bells ringing and
42 cannon shots.
The palace says there will be 21 can-
non shots for each baby and church
bells tolling for 15 minutes, followed by
Prince Albert said yesterday that the
first child born will be heir to the throne
---unless a boy and a girl are born in
which case the boy becomes royal heir.
Albert, 56, who has two children out
of wedlock, married Charlene, a South
African swimmer now 36, in 2011. (AP)
Morocco to celebrate birth of its royal twins
BERLIN---A watercolour of Munich's old city
hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler
a century ago, was sold for 130,000 euros
($162,000) at an auction in Germany yesterday.
Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction
house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted bid-
ders from four continents and went to a buyer
from the Middle East. She declined to elaborate.
The auction house says the painting is one some
2,000 by Hitler and is thought to be from about
1914, when he was struggling to make a living as
an artist, almost two decades before rising to
power as the Nazi dictator.
The painting, which had been expected to fetch
at least 50,000 euros, was sold by a pair of elderly
sisters whose grandfather purchased it in 1916.
Hitler's paintings surface regularly, but the auc-
tion house said the 28-by-22 centimeter scene
auctioned also includes the original bill of sale
and a signed letter from Hitler's adjutant, Albert
Bormann, brother of the dictator's private secretary
Bormann wrote that it appears to be "one of
the works of the Fuehrer." (AP)
sold at auction
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