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Police Sgt. Erick Opagal, an investigator with Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, asked the court to deny the two suspects bail because more than 187 pounds of the explosive that authorities say was shipped into Kenya has not been found.

Officials in Kenya said the two suspects may have been planning attacks on Israeli, American, British or Saudi Arabian interests in Kenya.

NIGERIA

Islamists claim attacks on Christians

MAIDUGURI — An Islamist sect claimed responsibility Tuesday for weekend attacks that killed at least 58 people, including two lawmakers in central Nigeria, adding a new dimension to a security crisis in a region with years of religious violence.

Christians “will not know peace again” if they do not accept Islam, said a statement from the Boko Haram sect obtained by the Associated Press.

“[Boko Haram] wants to inform the world of its delight over the success of the attacks we launched on Barkin Ladi and Riyom in Plateau state on Christians and security operatives, including members of the National Assembly,” the statement said.

Hundreds of assailants armed with guns and machetes stormed a dozen Christian villages on Saturday, the army said. Some attackers wore police uniforms and bulletproof vests, said Capt. Mustapha Saliu, a spokesman for a special unit of police and soldiers deployed to halt long-running violence in the area.

The next day, as dignitaries attended a mass burial for the victims, assailants attacked again, killing a federal senator and a state lawmaker.

SOUTH AFRICA

Tennis star probed on rape accusations

JOHANNESBURG — Investigators on two continents are investigating accusations that a Hall of Fame tennis player was a serial pedophile, three decades after the reported rapes.

But an advocate for child abuse victims in South Africa, one of the places where tennis star Bob Hewitt is accused of preying on girls he coached, said the sporting world has yet to face the challenge of protecting children.

Also this week, South African police said they had completed an initial investigation into a rape case that a South African woman filed against Mr. Hewitt in December.

Police said they were awaiting guidance from prosecutors on how to proceed with a case involving allegations dating to the 1980s.

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