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ISIS-suspected CPT teen at home, Kenyan troops vs Al-Shabaab, the Prez's jets

Probe into suspected ISIS links of Cape Town teen

Pic: Cape Town International Airport - EWN

EWN's Emily Corke on this story: as investigations continue into how a 15-year-old South African almost joined terrorist group, the Islamic State (Isis), the State Security Ministry has appealed to parents to monitor their children’s online activity. The Cape Town teenager was taken off a flight bound for Johannesburg at the weekend. She was apparently meant to meet up with Isis recruiters. The school girl is now in her parent's custody while officials from the State Security Ministry probe her online records. Meanwhile, on 702's John Robbie Show with Udo Carelse, Crime Line Head Yusuf Abramjee unpacked the details of how the teen's parents first alerted him of the incident:

I received a call from a well-known religious leader in Cape Town on Sunday morning at about 11 o'clock saying that he's been in touch with the family and they approached me because their 15-year-old daughter was missing. I then spoke to the grandfather of the missing child and he confirmed that she'd disappeared at about 7 o'clock from their house in a Cape Town suburb; it appears she'd escaped through a window, they had to break down a door to gain access. I got a photograph of the girl and the family said they suspect she might be involved in ISIS, because there were some documents and computer print outs found in her bedroom. When I asked about a passport, they confirmed that a passport was missing as well as possibly an amount of cash missing from the safe.

Listen to full details of the incident, below:

Kenyan forces move in on Al-Shabaab in Somalia

Pic: Kenyan security forces at Garissa University College on Thursday (AFP)

Reuters on this story: the Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week. Al Shabaab denied the camps were hit, saying the air force bombs fell on farmland. Gunmen from the al Qaeda-aligned group killed 148 people on Thursday when they stormed the Garissa University College campus, some 200 km from the Somali border.

For updates on this story, follow EWN Kenya's Vauldi Carelse

The President and the question over billion-rand jets

Picture of a typical Falcon business jet: WikiCommons

EWN's Mia Lindeque on this story: there's widespread criticism over plans to buy three new jets for President Jacob Zuma at a cost of R2 billion to the taxpayer. Inkwazi, the presidential jet will be supplemented by three new VIP jets, including a used Boeing business jet and two new falcon 900 business jets. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has defended its decision despite the jets not being included in this year's budget and it saying last year that it would not be buying additional VVIP aircrafts. It says the current fleet is not sufficient for Cabinet transportation due to South Africa's increased international commitments. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Democratic Alliance (DA) and South African National Defence Union (Sandu) have weighed in on the latest announcement, saying the president is only wasting the taxpayer’s money. The defence union’s Pikkie Greeff says the money that will now go to buy new jets was allocated to be spent on equipment for troops deployed in Africa: “There is absolutely nothing wrong with the presidential jet at this stage and more than one aircraft is not needed, even if a new one is needed.”


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