Monday, 8 November 2010

Somali militants cross border, kill community leader inside Kenya as refugee issue flares

NAIROBI, Kenya — Three gunmen from Somalia crossed the Kenyan border and killed a community organizer working with Somali refugees, officials said Monday, a cross-border incursion that underscores the threat militants pose to Kenya.

The victim, Ibrahim Mohamed, had reportedly been encouraging Somali asylum seekers not to return to Somalia, and based on that he became a target, said Emmanuel Nyabera, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.
"We can confirm he was one of the refugees we were working very closely with," Nyabera said.
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