, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – The Kenyan military has denied allegations of involvement in illegal sugar and charcoal smuggling racket in Somalia.
Military Spokesman, Colonel David Obonyo says their soldiers have always acted professionally in fighting Al Shabaab militants in the lawless country.
Obonyo says the report is ridiculous by suggesting that the soldiers are doing business with the Al Shabaab while at the same time fighting them.
The report released Wednesday night is based on investigations carried out by Nairobi’s Journalists for Justice rights group which interviewed United Nations officials, Western intelligence sources, sugar traders, porters and drivers.
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It also accused Kenyan troops of “widespread” human rights abuses – including rape, torture and abduction – and conducting air strikes “targeting crowds of people and animals” rather than the militant training camps it claims to bomb.