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(Ph: Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)
Israel-Kenya deal to help fight Somalia’s al-Shabab
Israel has offered to help Kenya secure its borders as it tackles Somalia’s Islamist group, al-Shabab, the Kenyan prime minister’s office has said.
It said Kenya got the backing of Israel to “rid its territory of fundamentalist elements” during Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s visit to the country.
Last month, Kenya sent troops to neighbouring Somalia to defeat al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda.
It blames the militants for a spate of abductions on its side of the border.
In a statement, Mr Odinga’s office quotes Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that “Kenya’s enemies are Israel’s enemies”.
“We have similar forces planning to bring us down,” he is is quoted as saying. “I see it as an opportunity to strengthen ties.”
At least 15 people were killed in a suicide bombing on an Israeli-owned hotel in the Kenyan coastal resort of Mombasa in 2002.
Four years earlier, more than 200 people were killed in co-ordinated bomb blasts on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Al-Qaeda carried out the attacks, with some of its senior members operating from Somalia.
Mr Odinga - who is accompanied on the visit by Internal Security Minister George Saitoti - said Israel could help Kenya’s police force detect and destroy al-Shabab’s networks in Kenya.
you got to be kidding me
MOSCOW - OCTOBER 26: (VIDEO CAPTURE) This video capture from Russian television shows a dead Chechen female rebel inside the theater where hundreds hostages were held by the rebels October 26, 2002 in Moscow. Russian forces took control of the building and freed 750 people. Sixty-seven captives and 34 rebels were killed, including the suspected rebel leader, Russian emergency officials said.
Moscow theater hostage crisis, part 2:
After learning that terrorists had taken hostages inside the theater, Olga Romanova crossed through the police barriers surrounding the scene and managed to make her way into the building.
Once inside, her goal was to negotiate with the terrorists inside, hoping that they would release at some (if not all) of the 850 people being held hostage.
The terrorists were immediately suspicious of her and deemed her Russian spy. Soon after her entrance, she was executed.
Thus, Olga Romanova became the first victim of the theater hostage crisis.
October 23, 2002 - 9 years ago today.