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man shot

CAIRO – A follower of Islamic State was responsible for an attack last week on a Kenyan police officer outside a US embassy in Nairobi, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Saturday.

A knife-wielding man whom police described as a criminal was shot dead outside the US Embassy in Nairobi last Thursday after he attacked and injured a Kenyan police officer.

Blast kills 4

in Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya – A car exploded late on Saturday in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi killing four people and wounding at least 14, security and medical officials said.

Among those killed in the attack in the city’s central Keesh district was Mohamed Bugaighis, who headed an anti-corruption body, the officials said.

Mr Bugaighis was also a supporter of the Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by Khalifa Haftar.

Aleppo City

under siege

BEIRUT – Syrian rebels including jihadists counter-attacked the army and its allies on Friday aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said.

The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city’s western edge by rebels based in the countryside outside Aleppo. It included Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former affiliate of al Qaida previously known as the Nusra Front, and groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) banner.

US looks at

Afghan roads

KABUL – Billions of dollars spent building up Afghanistan’s road infrastructure over more than a decade risk going to waste because of poor maintenance, a US Congressional oversight body said on Saturday.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said US agencies had spent $2.8 billion since 2002 building roads in Afghanistan but wear and tear as well as the Taliban insurgency had damaged the system badly.

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