Kenya's military said on Monday it had launched air strikes on the forest hideout of Somali Islamists blamed for deadly attacks on civilians and security personnel.
Heavily-armed attackers have in the past two weeks beheaded nine civilian men and killed three police officers in coastal Lamu district, which borders Somalia. Al Shabaab Islamists claimed responsibility for the police killings. Kenyan police say the militants have used Boni forest as a base for attacks in the region.
“A serious operation has started in Boni forest. We are flushing them out of the forest," Nelson Marwa, Coast region coordinator, told journalists in the port city of Mombasa..."We will do all it takes to secure the forest and we are urging the neighbouring communities to stay away to avoid any injuries."
An armed group, many of whom appeared to be ethnic Somalis, attacked two villages on Friday night, going from house to house and seizing non-Muslim men, whom they later beheaded.
The government on Saturday imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew for three months in Lamu and two other neighbouring counties. Al Shabaab is fighting to overthrow Somalia's western-backed government and establish its own rule, based on the group's strict interpretation of Islam's sharia law.
The Islamists frequently launch attacks on Kenyan soil which they say are intended to force the country to withdraw its troops from Somalia.
The Minister for Home Affairs in Tanzania, Mr Mwigulu Nchemba has said homosexuality would not be tolerated by President John Magufuli's government and added that he is totally in agreement that the President is committed to making sure they society respects Tanzania's traditional way of life and society norms are respected.
Mr Mwigulu Nchemba said, "I would like to use this opportunity to remind and warn all organizations and institutions that campaign and pretend to protect homosexual interests ... we are going to arrest whoever is involved and charge them in courts of law," the minister said, warning that any NGO campaigning for homosexual interests would be de-registered".
The minister also said pregnancies among schoolgirls and homosexuality were against Tanzanian traditions and norms and that the government stands firm in fighting them. He said Tanzanians who are interested in homosexuality and early pregnancies must seek citizenship elsewhere -- where such practices are entertained, not on Tanzanian soil.
"Those who are interested in homosexuality should go and live in countries that entertain such businesses ... if there's any organization in the country that supports and campaigns for homosexuality ... it shall be deregistered," he said.
He said that the goverment would not tolerate any foreigners in the country advocating for gay rights. He said that..."if we find a foreigner conducting this campaign, he or she will be deported within no time ... they will not have even the time to unplug their mobile phones from the socket".
Police are ‘confident’ that a concert to raise money for victims of Manchester Arena bombing can go ahead as host of stars sign up. Ariana Grande is to perform a benefit concert for victims of the Manchester bombing on Sunday, with a stellar line-up including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.
The singer will headline the One Love Manchester concert at the Old Trafford cricket ground, with support including Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That and One Direction’s Niall Horan. Earlier on Tuesday, police said Grande was keen to return to the city “sooner rather than later”, after a suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena following her show last Monday killed 22 people and injured 116.
Greater Manchester police’s chief constable, Ian Hopkins, said plans were being worked out for the singer to stage the concert on 4 June, nearly two weeks after the attack, to raise money for the victims and their families. He said he was “fairly confident” the event would go ahead. Police have consulted with the families of the victims about Grande returning to Manchester, and Hopkins said the majority were “very much in favour”. “There are some that clearly aren’t,” he added. “That is absolutely understandable.”
The event will be held at Old Trafford cricket ground, which holds 50,000 people and broadcast on BBC television. A testimonial game for the Manchester United player Michael Carrick is due to take place at Old Trafford football ground, less than half a mile away, on the same day.
“We’ve been working with Michael Carrick’s team and [Grande’s] team to try and make this happen, because clearly we can’t have 65,000 people in Old Trafford for Michael Carrick’s [testimonial game] and 50,000 in Lancashire cricket club, both at the same time,” said Hopkins. “It would just have caused utter traffic chaos, let alone the security issues for us.”