NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan troops deployed under the banner of a regional bloc arrived in troubled eastern Congo, where government forces are battling a violent rebel group that now controls some territory.
The troops are part of up to 903 Kenyan soldiers who eventually will be sent to eastern Congo, joined by troops from other East African countries.
The chief of Kenya’s defense forces, Gen. Robert Kibochi, saw the soldiers off at the international airport in Nairobi and urged them to be obedient during their mission.
“We are known to follow the law wherever we go. Respect the chiefs of defense where you go,” Kibochi said.
The Kenyan forces will be based in Goma, eastern Congo’s largest city and the capital of North Kivu province, where M23 rebels and Congolese troops clashed heavily.
Congolese authorities accuse Rwanda of supporting the rebels, which Rwanda denies.
Kenyan President William Ruto described the Congo mission as “necessary and urgent” for regional security.
The East African Community regional force, which heads of state agreed to in June, also will include two battalions from Uganda, two from Burundi and one from South Sudan, led by a Kenyan commander.
Violence by armed groups in eastern Congo has led to a diplomatic crisis between Congo and Rwanda, with the two neighboring countries accusing each other of backing hostile armed groups.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The ex-husband of an American woman of Pakistani origin was convicted of murdering her as part of a property dispute and sentenced to death by a Pakistani court.
The district court in Rawalpindi also sentenced Rizwan Habib’s father and an employee to seven years in prison for abetting the murder of 47-year-old Wajiha Swati, a lawyer said. The court acquitted three other suspects for lack of evidence.
Shabnam Naz, attorney for the victim, said Judge Muhammad Afzal Majuka announced in open court the results of the yearlong trial. Naz said Habib was given the death sentence for murdering his former wife last October. He was also convicted of kidnapping Swati and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Swati had traveled to Pakistan to take possession of the former couple’s home in a posh neighborhood in Rawalpindi. The lawyer said that after killing Swati in the disputed home, Habib and his accomplices took the body to Habib’s home in Khyber Patunkwa province and buried it there.
Naz said Habib had illegally transferred ownership of the Rawalpindi house to his mother.
Habib’s father and another relative were each sentenced to seven years in prison for abetting kidnapping and murder. Three other suspects — employees of Habib — were acquitted for lack of sufficient evidence, said Naz.
Defense attorney Talat Mahmood Zaid, who represented Habib and the other suspects, said he will appeal the conviction and sentencing to a higher court.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A gasoline tanker crashed and then exploded in north-central Nigeria, killing at least 12 people, police said.
The tanker had brake failure along a major road in the Ofu council area in Kogi state when it collided with a vehicle obstructing the highway, causing a fireball, a police spokesman told The Associated Press.
The vehicle “crushed cars on the way” and all the victims were burnt to death, said William Ovye Aya with the Kogi police command.
Bisi Kazeem with Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps said other people were injured in the crash.
The road has been cordoned off and road safety workers are working to identify the victims, Kazeem said.
Such crashes are so common along most major roads in Nigeria that the country has introduced new measures to curb their occurrence. More than 10 people were killed in Kogi in a similar crash in September.
Authorities in Kogi are investigating the latest crash, Kingsley Fanwo, the state commissioner for information, told the AP.