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US envoy to Kenya resigns under cloud

Ambassador faced criticism of his leadership

NAIROBI — The US ambassador to Kenya, once a confidant of President Obama, abruptly announced Friday — days before the release of an internal audit — that he was resigning, citing ‘‘differences with Washington.’’ His departure will leave the top embassy post vacant at a time when Kenya is increasingly being drawn into a battle with militant Islam.

At about the same time that the ambassador, Scott Gration, was giving a tearful farewell to embassy staff members, suspected Somali militants attacked a convoy of aid workers near the Kenya-Somalia border, according to news reports in the state-run media. The militants shot and killed a driver before kidnapping four international aid workers and two Kenyans working for the Norwegian Refugee Council in the Dadaab refugee camp, the world’s largest. The gunmen — and the hostages — then vanished, last seen heading into the Somali desert, the reports said.

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