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An upscale Nairobi building complex was attacked by terrorists

An upscale building in Kenyan was attacked today. A terrorist group Al- Shabab claims responsibility

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Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for an attack at an upscale hotel complex in Kenya’s capital on Monday that left an unconfirmed number of people dead – as authorities continue to search buildings hours after the assault began.

The suspected terror attack at the complex in Nairobi’s Westlands neighborhood — which includes a large hotel known as DusitD2, banks and offices — began around 3 p.m. Tuesday with an explosion targeting three vehicles outside a bank. A suicide bomber then blew up in the hotel lobby as people rushed to safety or took shelter inside the buildings, Kenyan National Police said in a statement.

By 8:30 p.m., officials were still at the complex combing through buildings, freeing people and confronting possible attackers.

“We regret to confirm that at approximately 3 p.m. today [Tuesday], a group of armed assailants attacked the Dusit Complex in a suspected terror attack. Security and emergency teams immediately responded to the incident and have cordoned off the area. The situation is being managed and residents are being screened and evacuated from the area,” police said in a statement.

It’s unclear the number of casualties, but a Kenyan police officer who was among the first on the scene of the attack said: “There was no time to count the dead but it is true that there are people who are dead.”

The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said some bodies were in restaurants downstairs and that colleagues saw others in offices upstairs scattered among broken glass and blood. A witness said he saw five bodies at the hotel entrance alone —  and there could be scores more dead.

He said that other people were shouting for help and “when we rushed back to try to rescue them, gunshots started coming from upstairs, and we had to duck because they were targeting us and we could see two guys shooting.”

Police said they were at the scene to “engage the attackers.” It’s unclear how many assailants took part in the assault.

“We are aware that armed criminals are holding up in the hotel and specialist forces are now currently flushing them out. However, we regret to inform that there have been injuries in the attack and we are in the process of confirming the numbers and types of injuries incurred,” police said. “We have been vigilant throughout the holiday season and therefore all public and other hotel premises remain under close watch. Reports from throughout the country indicate that everything remains calm and normal.”

Several people who worked in the buildings that were under attack told Reuters some of their colleagues were still inside hiding under desks.

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Over 1,000 students take part in WAEC workshop on exam malpractices

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has held a one-day sensitisation workshop on examination malpractices and its consequences for final year junior and senior high students in Amansie West District.

About 600 Junior High candidates and 530 students from Mansoman and Manso Adubia Senior High Schools, who have registered to sit for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), attended the workshop.

The workshop was aimed at briefing the candidates on examination malpractices and the sanctions that exist for such perpetrators.

Awareness was created on the need to reject various forms of malpractices such as impersonation, sending foreign materials into examination halls, using mobile phones during examination and sending purported leaked question papers into examination halls among others.

Mr Kwabena Owusu, the District Director of Education, said it was part of efforts to…

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2face Idibia – Play Your Part ft. Sani Danja & Eve B (National Malaria Theme Song)

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GPRTU, human rights group demand access to remanded driver, mate

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The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC) are demanding access to the driver and his mate who were captured in a video assaulting a police constable, Julius Mawuli Ekpe.

In a letter to the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, the bodies also want to know the whereabouts of Francis Buabeng and Albert Ansah.

The two were remanded into police custody after appearing in court on Monday.

They both pleaded not guilty to four counts of conspiracy to commit crime, assault of a public officer, causing damage to police accoutrement and obstruction.

However, the leadership of the GPRTU, the transport union they belong to and a host of human rights activists, claim that they have since been looking for them without success.

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Era of ‘missing dockets’ over as Akufo-Addo launches e-Justice project

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has launched the e-Justice Project, the paperless court system which will enhance dramatically the nation’s efforts at improving its justice delivery system.

Speaking at the launch Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo stated that the e-Justice Project is a recognition of the fact that every aspect of life is today ruled by technology.

“The Project is attempting to help ensure that the law keeps pace with technology, ending the age-old ‘missing dockets’ phenomenon and endless litigations, which have plagued the efficient delivery of justice in the country for several years,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that since his assumption of office, a number of policy measures have been introduced to help bridge the technology-gap, in the justice delivery system.

Thus, it was that, in May 2018, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia launched the e-case register. The register contains information…

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