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Kenya plans fresh assault in Somalia after hostage dies

Kenya is poised to launch an assault on the port city stronghold of Islamic militants the Shabab in a major escalation of its involvement in Somalia’s protracted civil war. Kenyan forces who crossed into their northern neighbour on Sunday aim to cut off the main commercial base for the Islamists who it blames for a spate of kidnappings inside Kenya. The move comes as French authorities announced the presumed death of Marie Dedieu, an elderly wheelchair-bound woman suffering from cancer and heart problems, who was abducted from a Kenyan holiday island by Somali gunmen last month. France’s Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said that sources…