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Kenya Security Assassinating Islamist Militants, al-Jazeera Says

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Kenyan security forces killed “hundreds” of Islamist militants on government orders because the East African country’s judicial system is too weak to prosecute them, unidentified military officers told al-Jazeera.

The assassinations were carried out by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, the General Service Unit and two other arms of the country’s military, the Doha-based broadcaster said in an e-mailed statement before a documentary on the claims is aired later today. Orders for the killings, which number “almost 500,” came from the National Security Council, which comprises the offices of President Uhuru Kenyatta, the heads of the army and police and the interior secretary, among others, it said.