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Al-shabaab parade Kenyan hostages

03 June 2013, 14:06

Mogadishu -Somalia's Islamist fighters have paraded two Kenyan prisoners, believed to have been captured last month after a cross border raid, witnesses said on Monday.

"Hundreds of people came to see the hostages who the Al-shabaab said were Kenyans," said Ali Moalim, who was among the crowds who gathered Sunday in Jilib, an Islamist-controlled southern Somali region of Lower Juba.

Last month Al-shabaab  fighters attacked a Kenyan police border post, killing five and claiming to have kidnapped two.

"The two men looked miserable," said Abdurahman Isa, another witness, adding that rifles and ammunition allegedly captured at the same time were also paraded alongside the men.

Kenyan border towns have been hit by a wave of grenade and gun attacks since the army invaded Somalia in 2011 to attack the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-shabaab, who vowed revenge.

Kenya Defence Forces remain in southern Somalia but have since been integrated into an African Union force.

The Al-shabaab have previously broadcast videos of kidnapped Kenyan soldiers and civil servants.

In the past year the Islamists have been driven from a string of key towns by AU and allied Somali forces but they still remain a potent threat.



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