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The Kenyan military acknowledged carrying out an air raid attack on Sunday but blamed militants for the deaths.

Kenyan military spokesman Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir said the civilian deaths from Sunday’s attack occurred when one of the militants drove a burning truck of ammunition into the refugee camp in the town of Jilib, where it exploded.

He said the Kenyan air force hit the truck as it drove away from an al-Shabab training camp.

Kenya sent hundreds of the troops to Somalia in mid-October in pursuit of al-Shabab militants whom it blames for a string of kidnappings in Kenya.


Great Lakes nations to create security center

BUJUMBURA — The intelligence services of 11 nations in Africa’s Great Lakes region have vowed to create a joint security center against rebel movements that “threaten peace and stability.”

The secret services pledged to provide “information about all the negative forces and armed groups that threaten the security of their country and the entire Great Lakes region,” said a confidential document seen by Agence France-Presse.

The agreement by members of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region said the new body will be based in Goma, in eastern Congo.

Each country will give “the names, designations, composition, order of battle, staff, activities … of the armed forces and armed groups,” the document read.

The international conference, founded in 2006 in Nairobi to try to bring peace and stability to one of the world’s most troubled regions, is made up of Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

From wire dispatches and staff reports