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Shabaab Twitpic a goof, Kenyan military admits

13 January 2012, 09:35

Nairobi – The Kenyan Military issued a public apology on Thursday for a misleading Twitter post by its spokesman on Wednesday showing a man he claimed to be a Kenyan being stoned to death by Al Shabaab in Somalia.

Emmanuel Chirchir had indicated in the Twitpic that the said Kenyan was executed on Tuesday, eliciting reactions from bloggers and his followers who pointed out that the same pictures were first published on the UK’s Daily Mail in December 2009 showing a man being stoned by Islamists over adultery.

“We acknowledge the tweet upload error, its reprint in our local press and regret the embarrassment caused across all our publics,” Chirchir said of the photo uploaded on his official Twitter account @MajorEChirchir.

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