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Military reports battle with Somali fighters

NAIROBI — Kenya’s military said its forces killed three militant fighters from al-Shabab in a battle in Somalia.

Military spokesman Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir said Wednesday that one Kenyan soldier also was killed in the battle.

Maj. Chirchir said that Kenyan and Somali troops were advancing north.

Kenyan troops entered Somalia in mid-October to attack al-Shabab militants and have been supported by Somalia’s weak army.

Since then, Ethiopian troops have entered Somalia on the country’s west, and along with African Union troops in Mogadishu are squeezing al-Shabab fighters on three sides.


Shell fixing pipeline hit by oil thieves

LAGOS — Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it is repairing a pipeline after detecting a leak blamed on oil thieves in Nigeria’s oil-stained southern delta.

A Shell spokesman said in a statement late Tuesday that its Nigerian subsidiary has cut production by 70,000 barrels per day and isolated its Nembe Creek trunk line in Bayelsa State.

Spokesman Tony Okonedo said an investigation showed oil thieves had installed valves at two points and that more than 200 barrels of spilled oil have been recovered.

The Dec. 24 discovery came days after Shell apologized for another leak that caused Nigeria’s worst offshore spill in more than a decade.

Shell’s pipelines run across Nigeria’s resource-rich region of swamps, mangroves and creeks. Nigeria is a top supplier of crude oil to the U.S.


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