UN links Kenyan military to attacks on Somalia´s top telecom

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A United Nations report says it has corroborated evidence of five attacks allegedly carried out by Kenya´s military on communication masts belonging to neighboring Somalia´s largest telecom provider.

The U.N. panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Somalia says one attack killed two civilians in 2018.

The report says Kenya´s military denied involvement in the attacks. The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

Hormuud Telecom Somalia says the attacks violate international law. The company asserts that its communications masts have been attacked 10 times by Kenya´s military over the past two years.

The report says destroying telecommunication masts may prevent al-Shabab extremists from triggering explosives using mobile telephone signals.

Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight al-Shabab, which also carries out attacks inside Kenya.

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