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Italian aid worker abducted in Kenya in 2018 comes back home

An Italian aid worker, who was kidnapped in Kenya in November 2018, has been flown back to her home country.

Silvia Romano, 25, hugged her parents and sister, and was welcomed by Italy’s prime minister and foreign minister after she alight in Rome.

She was liberated from a suspicion Islamist group al-Shabab near Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday, reports say.

Italy’s confidential service is said to have been helped by Turkey and Somalia to have her release.

No group has asserted responsibility for the kidnapping18 months ago.

“In January 2019, the Somalia-based al-ShababH said it was behind the attack on a hotel and office complex in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, in which 21 people died.”

After landing in Rome’s Ciampino airport on Sunday, Ms Romano said he was feeling well, both “physically and mentally”.

She was seen escorted by masked men from the Italian confidential service.

Meanwhile, Ms Romano’s father Enzo said he was “bursting with joy”.

Ms Romano, who works for the Italian charity Africa Milele Onlus, was taken by gunmen from a small rural hotel in Kilifi Country, south-eastern Kenya, in 2018.

She is known to have been later taken to Somalia.

“Kenyan police at the time offered a $10,000 (£8,060) reward to help find Ms Romano.”

Source___BBC News

Witness found dead in Kenya’s ‘$395m fake arms’ saga

A Kenyan policeman who was to be questioned over an alleged forged deal worth $395m (£306m) for military equipment that has made headlines in the country was on Thursday found dead in his house in the capital, Nairobi.

Sergeant John Kipyegon Kemei, who served in the office of the Deputy President William Ruto, was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

Local media report that he was at work on the day a former Kenyan cabinet minister visited the office accompanied by directors from an American firm to discuss an arms tender.

The former minister, Rashid Echesa, has since been charged with forgery. The US firm Eco Advanced Technologies alleges that Mr Echesa approached them with a fake deal to supply arms to the Kenyan military, and also allege that Mr Echesa swindled them out of $113,727 (£88,204) in consultation fees

Mr Echesa denies any wrongdoing and is out on bail.

The policeman who died was among those due to be questioned over the alleged fake deal. His workmates decided to visit his house after failing to contact him since Wednesday, according to local media. They found the body with a gunshot wound on the chin, according to police.

Deputy President William Ruto wrote a message of condolence on Twitter:\

Mr Ruto has been accused of allowing Mr Echesa to use his office for business meetings, but has denied any involvement in the scandal.

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