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Kenya security forces are seen behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Monday morning, Sept. 23, 2013. Kenya's military launched a major operation at the upscale Nairobi mall and said it had rescued "most" of the hostages being held captive by al-Qaida-linked militants during the standoff that killed at least 68 people and injured 175.

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Members of Kenya’s security forces crouch behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in the capital, Nairobi, on Monday morning. The country’s military, which has launched a major operation at the upscale Nairobi mall, said it had rescued “most” of the hostages being held captive by al-Qaida-linked militants during the standoff that killed at least 68 people and injured 175.

An Amisom soldier, as part of the Burundian contingent to the mission, stands guard at an underground bunker in Daynille, Somalia, on May 13, 2013. Humanitarian civilan EOD teams, with the support of Amisom, are currently in the process of emptying twenty-three bunkers in Daynille of explosives. The bunkers, remnants of the Siad Barre regime, still contain weapons which, if not destroyed, could pose a risk to civilians and provide bomb-making material for al Shabaab militants.

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An African Union Mission in Somalia soldier, part of the Burundian contingent to the mission, stands guard at an underground bunker in Daynille, Somalia. Humanitarian civilian EOD teams, with the support of Amisom, are in the process of emptying 23 bunkers in Daynille of explosives. The bunkers, remnants of the Siad Barre regime, still contain weapons which, if not destroyed, could pose a risk to civilians and provide bombmaking material for al-Shabaab militants.

Somali policemen keeping an eye out for suspicious activity at a checkpoint in the country's capital Mogadishu on May 3, 2013. Security in Mogadishu has been tightened following an attack on the country's Supreme Court by al Shabaab on April 14 and multiple checkpoints have been set up  around the city by the Somali Police Force as a result.

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Somali policemen keep an eye out for suspicious activity at a checkpoint in the country’s capital Mogadishu. Security in Mogadishu has been tightened following an attack on the country’s Supreme Court by al Shabaab on April 14 and multiple checkpoints have been set up around the city by the Somali Police Force as a result.