Daily Intel Roundup – 16 August 2017

Tracking the latest global developments in national security and crisis management

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Kenya – Violence erupted after the re-election of President Kenyatta this week, leaving at least 24 people dead nationwide. The victims were shot dead in various parts of the nation, including 17 in Nairobi. Last week, Kenyatta was declared the winner defeating veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga for a second five-year term.

Mali – On 14 August, gunmen attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in the city of Timbuktu, killing seven people, including five Malian security guards, a gendarme and civilian.

Mexico – On 11 August, authorities confirmed the death of Spanish woman Pilar Garrido who went missing in Tamaulipas State on 2 July. Her skeletal remains were found on 26 July in the municipality of Villa de Casas. A total of 686 homicides and 105 kidnappings were registered in Tamaulipas, one of the most violent states, between January and May of this year.

Nigeria – On 15 August, security forces used tear gas and fired weapons in Abuja, to disperse protesters clashing over President Buhari’s prolonged absence from the country. Buhari has been in London since early May for treatment of an undisclosed illness, fueling concern about his ability to serve the remainder of his four-year term. A gathering was being planned for 16 August in Abuja to mark 100 days of absence of the president.

Terrorism – The new edition of Al Qaeda’s online “Inspire” propaganda magazine, calls on its followers to target trains in the US and Europe, identifying three methods of attack: the train’s compartments, derailments or assaults on stations. The magazine, written in English, provides step-by-step instructions, similar to previous issues that coached terrorists on homemade bombs.

Venezuela – The new edition of Al Qaeda’s online “Inspire” propaganda magazine, calls on its followers to target trains in the US and Europe, identifying three methods of attack: the train’s compartments, derailments or assaults on stations. The magazine, written in English, provides step-by-step instructions, similar to previous issues that coached terrorists on homemade bombs.

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