October 23, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Embassy warns of Kenya attack


Nairobi, Kenya – The U.S. Embassy is warning that an imminent terrorist attack in Kenya is possible.

The warning said likely targets include places where foreigners congregate, including shopping malls and nightclubs.

The U.S. did not specify who might carry out such an attack, but the warning comes a week after Kenyan troops pushed into Somalia to attack al-Shabab militants.

Attack by shark kills U.S. diver

Canberra, Australia – A great white shark killed an American recreational diver off southwest Australia on Saturday, in the third of a recent string of fatal attacks that have shaken beach-loving residents and sparked fears of a rogue predator targeting humans.

Australia averages fewer than two fatal shark attacks a year.

The government of Western Australia state, where Saturday’s attack of the 32-year-old American man took place, has promised to hunt the killer and is considering more aircraft surveillance off west coast beaches.

Teen allegedly says he’s kingpin

Cancun, Mexico – Prosecutors said Saturday that a 15-year-old boy has confessed to running a drug trafficking gang on the Mexican resort island of Isla Mujeres and murdering two women who reportedly worked as drug dealers.

It was the second time in less than a year that an extremely young male has been detained as a purported drug gang killer in Mexico. Last November, soldiers arrested a 14-year-old U.S. citizen who confessed to killing four people whose beheaded bodies were found hanging from a bridge.

The Isla Mujeres cases involve a youth who prosecutors in the state of Quintana Roo identified only by his nickname, “El Gallito” or “The Little Rooster.”

Authorities said the boy claimed to have been in charge of the lucrative Isla Mujeres drug market for a local gang known as “Los Pelones,” equivalent to the Bald or Shaved Heads.

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