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The High Court reversed a 2010 ban on the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), a secessionist group that seeks to establish an independent state on Kenya's coastline. The MRC spokesman called the court's ruling a "Ramadan gift." The MRC is said to be infiltrated by the al Qaeda-linked Shabaab, and is funded by wealthy Arab donors.
The Muslim Youth Council, a Shabaab affiliate in Kenya, continues to recruit fighters for jihad, according to the UN. A police official said Shabaab has threatened to conduct attacks in Nairobi during Ramadan.
Shabaab fighters wounded two policemen during an ambush in the Arabia area along the Somali border near Garissa. The Shabaab fighters escaped.
Sheikh Aboud Rogo, Abubakar Sharif, and Omar Awadh, three Kenyans designated by the US as Shabaab supporters, have hired a lawyer to refute the claims. The lawyer said the three men fear being the target of US drones.
Police said that two Iranian Qods Force members arrested June 19 were planning attacks in Kenya. They face terror charges for shipping over 200 pounds of RDX to Kenya; 33 pounds have been found. The suspects are said to have "a vast network in the country meant to execute explosive attacks...."
A recent posting on the website of the Muslim Youth Center, a Shabaab affiliate in Kenya, claims that Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of one of the London 7/7 bombers, is recruiting and training all-female attack squads in Somalia. Kenyan police say she is being sheltered by Shabaab in southern Somalia.
Police detained more than 30 people suspected of being involved in bombings at two churches in Garissa; 20 are still in custody. The deputy speaker of parliament denied claims that Kenya is setting up an autonomous state in southern Somalia.
The head of Kenya's Muslims denounced attacks on Christian churches in Garissa as "terrorism" and said Muslim youth would help provide security for churches in Garissa and elsewhere. The government canceled an oil deal with Iran shortly after being warned by the US about possible sanctions.
Kenyan and Somali troops freed four foreign aid workers who were kidnapped last week from the Dadaab refuge camp in northern Kenya. The hostages were freed after a clash with kidnappers in northern Somalia.
Suspected Shabaab militants attacked two churches in Garissa, about 90 miles from the Somali border. The attackers threw grenades and shot worshipers, killing 15 people and wounding about 40. The gunmen all escaped.
The four aid workers who were kidnapped yesterday in the Dadaab refuge camp in northern Kenya include two Canadians, a Norwegian, and a Filipino. Shabaab is suspected of moving the foreign aid workers to Somalia.