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Suspected Shabaab gunmen attacked Mpeketoni police station in Lamu county, then set fire to three hotels, a restaurant, and a police station before fleeing. At least six people were killed in the attack, but the casualty count is likely to rise; the Red Cross was unable to visit the town due to ongoing violence. Political moderates and activists in the Mombasa region say they are being targeted by Islamists. Four students and a madrassa teacher were arrested while traveling to Somalia to join Shabaab.

Gunmen in Mombasa killed moderate cleric Sheikh Mohammed Idris, chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya. Idris, a vocal opponent of Shabaab, had been threatened previously and was involved in a power struggle with extremists at his mosque. Terror charges were filed against Jabareen Ahmad a.k.a. Ahmad Ahmad Mohamood Salim a.k.a. Harun Osama, an Israeli, and Mohamed Salim a.k.a. Daud, a Moroccan; Osama, thought to be a top member of Shabaab, was arrested on Feb. 25 on suspicion of planning terror attacks in Kenya. Four Somalis accused of plotting a terror attack at Jomo Kenyatta airport dropped their application for reduced bail. Bail has been denied for Dugal Ali, who is linked to a suspected Shabaab car bombing on April 23, as he is thought to have planned other terror attacks while in jail.

Kenyan police are looking into reports that a woman resembling wanted Shabaab terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite had tried to cross over into Somalia from Lamu county and then vanished after border guards denied her permission. The head of the National Task Force on Community Policing urged the Kenyan media to demonstrate patriotism by avoiding coverage of Shabaab attacks. The UK added a travel advisory for Mandera county, and Australia warned citizens to avoid the Kenya-Ethiopian border area due to the danger of Shabaab attacks.

Kenyan Defense Forces killed two Kenyan Muslim clerics in a shootout in Khadija Haji, Shafshafey; a Somali thought to be a key Shabaab member escaped across the border into Somalia. The three suspects were said to be planning a terrorist attack on Mandera town, where the two clerics allegedly belonged to a Shabaab group. The suspects threw grenades at the KDF forces during the attack, and eight more grenades were recovered. KDF forces have been deployed to Mandera to help police deal with insecurity. One man was killed and three injured by a grenade attack in Garissa. An attacker injured in a clash after throwing a grenade at police in Kilifi died. In Wajir, a curfew was imposed after four days of clashes, and KDF forces confiscated bundles of military uniforms that may have been destined for Shabaab.

Police claimed to have arrested two terror suspects in Mandera county: Yunis Mohammed Osman, a Somali, and Mahabub Aden Adow, a Kenyan. Osman had escaped from the Dadaab refugee camp, and Adow had ben previously charged with terrorism and freed on bail. Antiterrorism police arrested Mbaraka Omar Ramadhani, a Tanzanian member of Shabaab who was picked up in Mandera city on his way to Somalia. On May 25, a group of at least 10 Shabaab fighters attacked Kenyan forces on a road between Hindi, Kenya and Ras Kamboni, Somalia, killing two soldiers; two other soldiers are missing.

An estimated 10 Shabaab fighters ambushed a Kenyan Defense Force patrol in Lamu and killed two soldiers. The Kenyan troops killed at least one Shabaab fighter after destroying a pickup truck in a counterattack.

Security officials detonated a live grenade left this morning at a Mombasa church. Police are looking for a suspected Shabaab member who escaped when two or three associates threw a grenade at policemen escorting the suspect in Mombasa on May 22.

Senior Shabaab commander Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, who has a $5 million US reward out for his capture, warned that the terror group is moving its war to Kenya and would soon be sending more trained fighters into the county for attacks. Shabaab claimed the deadly May 19 ambush of an army patrol in Mandera. Two policemen were seriously wounded by a grenade attack as they were escorting a suspect in Mombasa. A teenager admitted to a Shabaab-linked terror charge and then recanted. The Dutch ambassador said recent reports of travel warnings due to terrorism in Kenya were exaggerated.

A suspected Shabaab militia killed 12 people, including three police reservists, during an ambush in Mandera near the Somalia border; seven other people are also thought to have been abducted or killed. US Ambassador Robert Godec said on May 17 that the embassy is reducing its Nairobi staff and heightening security measures as the US "continues to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at both Kenyans and the international community."

At least four people were killed and more than 10 wounded in two suspected Shabaab bombings in Nairobi; one occurred on a bus and the other in the Gikomba market. Police have begun stopping vehicles with tinted windows in Nairobi following a May 13 directive by the police inspector general as part of heightened antiterrorism measures. A top US State Department official criticized Kenya's attempts to crack down on illegal immigrants who may be Shabaab sympathizers. The US, Britain, France, and Australia have recently warned their citizens of the danger of terrorist attacks in Kenya.

Nassir Ali Sikanda and Ahmed Abdallah Ali were charged for terrorist acts in the May 3 bombings in Nyali; the two are said to be Shabaab-linked "Somalis of Kenyan and Canadian origin." Five bus drivers were charged with failing to prevent a felony in the May 4 bus bombings in Nairobi. Police were summoned to a Mombasa hotel when a man threw a bag containing metal objects at the reception area and fled.

Mombasa police arrested a man in the coastal suburb of Utange who is suspected of leaving an explosive device at a beach hotel in Nyali a week ago. China has offered to help Kenya in its effort to repatriate Somali refugees.

Deputy President Ruto said Kenya would not be cowed into withdrawing troops from Somalia in the wake of recent Shabaab bombings in Mombasa and Nairobi. Ruto blamed judges for releasing terror suspects Jamal Mohammed Awadh and Suleiman Mohammed Sayyed, who allegedly died in the Mombasa blasts; he said 22 other suspected terrorists have also been wrongly freed on bail, including Fuad Abubakar Maswab, who is thought to have fled to Somalia. President Kenyatta vowed to intensify security; last week 700 security force members were deployed to the coast. Police detonated a grenade found at a school in Garissa.

Twin bombings of two minibuses in Nairobi this evening killed three people and injured over 60. Yesterday twin bombings killed four people in Mombasa and an IED was discovered at a hotel in Nyali. Authorities suspect that the huge quantity of heroin, worth nearly $300 million, that was seized by the Australian navy off the coast of Kenya in April is linked to the Pakistani Dawood gang.

An explosion at a bus stop in Mombasa killed three people and wounded seven more; another explosion occurred at a coastal resort in Nyali. Authorities claimed to have thwarted twin Shabaab attacks aimed at disabling power stations and conducting further attacks in northeastern Mandera, where militants tried to damage a power station; and in Wajir, where militants fired at a large fuel reservoir, threw an explosive at an NGO building, and shot a guard. Police killed two of the Mandera attackers, said to consist of 30 Shabaab militants; a number of Somalis wounded during the incident are being interrogated.

Ali Hanash Al Amri, a Saudi national arrested in Kiunga along the Kenya-Somali border on suspicion of links to Shabaab, was released for deportation to Saudi Arabia after protest by the Saudi ambassador. Al Amri, a.k.a. Ahmed Hanas, who was suspected of recruiting and funding Shabaab fighters, was arrested with two Kenyans, and authorities seized a boat allegedly used by Shabaab militants. A Somali diplomat, Siyad Mohamud Shire, was detained during ongoing security sweeps in Nairobi. Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a security guard at Nairobi's biggest shopping mall and then escaped.

A car being escorted to a Nairobi police station blew up last night, killing two of the car's occupants along with two policemen. Security forces said the car could have been targeting a Cabinet Secretary and the Police Inspector General. One of the car's occupants had explosives on his body. Explosives were also found in another car impounded today in Nairobi. A witness in the trial of Westgate Mall attackers Mohamed Abdi Noor, Liban Omar, Adan Mohamed, and Hussein Mustafah said Noor's phone number was active in Kenya and Uganda starting in June 2013, three months before the attack.

Mohammed Abdi Adan, a sharia law graduate, was accused of facilitating terrorism and remanded into custody after authorities found video clips of the police training college in Nairobi in his possession. Police are investigating Sheikh Iman Ali, one of three jihadist clerics in Mombasa suspected of recruiting youth for Shabaab. Authorities arrested over 650 people over the weekend during security sweeps in Mombasa; 472 will appear in court. In Nyahururu, 100 miles north of Nairobi, a court closed after a bomb scare.

Police said 225 people, including 91 Somalis this week alone, have been deported in the ongoing security crackdown. The Mombasa county education director said there are pockets of radicalization in some schools. Former Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim denied having links to Shabaab.

A group of over 30 gunmen burned down the revenue offices in Mandera and shot the night watchman. Kenya suspended five wildlife service officials due to concerns about rampant poaching of elephants and rhinos; Kenya has become the world hub for illegal ivory smuggling. Uganda's police chief said the Westgate Mall attackers may have entered Kenya from Uganda. Addressing a crowd in the mainly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi on April 10, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said that "[t]hose who are detonating explosives in Eastleigh should do it elsewhere" to avoid spoiling the Somali economic hub.