Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs - Police: 7 Kenyan Officers, 1 Civilian Killed in Bombing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs - Police: 7 Kenyan Officers, 1 Civilian Killed in Bombing

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Al-Shabab attack kills 7 in Kenya

Seven Kenyan police officers and a civilian died Wednesday when their armored personnel vehicle ran over an improvised bomb in an attack claimed by the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab.

A police report seen by The Associated Press said the vehicle with the Rural Patrol Border Unit in Mangai in southern Kenya had been going to refuel when the bomb exploded.

Kenyan army personnel tried to rescue the officers and came under fire from suspected al-Shabab extremists, the report said.

Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight the extremists.

Pilot disorientation blamed in Russian crash * A commission investigating last year's crash of a plane that killed 92 people including members of Russia's renowned army choir says it may have been caused by pilot disorientation.

The Defense Ministry's Tu-154 crashed into the Black Sea about a minute after takeoff from Sochi on Dec. 25, killing all aboard.

State news agency Tass on Wednesday cited the ministry as saying the commission found that "the crash could have been caused by spatial disorientation (situational unawareness) of the pilot." It didn't elaborate on that suggestion. It also ruled out "external factors."

Among the dead were members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, widely called the Red Army Choir.

Homeland chief visits Haiti * The U.S. Homeland Security chief visited Haiti on Wednesday for a brief visit less than two weeks after President Donald Trump's administration suggested that 58,000 Haitians in the U.S. should get ready to return home. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met with President Jovenel Moise and other officials on the grounds that used to house Haiti's domed National Palace before it pancaked in a devastating 2010 earthquake. A U.S. statement said they would discuss "issues related to repatriation," among other topics.

Washington extended until January a temporary humanitarian program that has allowed Haitians to live and work in the U. …

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