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Fifth Suspect Charged Over Kenya Hotel Bombing

A fifth Kenyan man was charged with murder on Tuesday over November’s suicide bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa, an attack claimed by Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda organization. Salmin Mohammed Khamis, a worker in a Mombasa hardware shop, appeared in Nairobi’s chief magistrates court alongside four Kenyans charged at their first court appearance on June 24. The court clerk said Khamis faced 15 counts of murder, adding the other four — Aboud Rogo Mohammed, Kubwa Mohammed Seif, his son Mohammed Kubwa and Said Saggar Ahmed — also now faced 15 counts, up from the 13 announced on June 24. The clerk did not elaborate. Defense lawyer Maobe Mao said the number of counts had risen because of what he called an anomaly in the death toll. Prosecution lawyers said investigators had concluded that two more people had died in the attack than had earlier been thought. Police spokesman Kingori Mwangi said he could not comment on the apparent rise in the death toll indicated by the additional charges. Police have said the bombing in the African country’s tourist haven city of Mombasa killed three suicide bombers and 13 other people. It occurred within minutes of a failed attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa airport. Full Story

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