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Somali president defiant after Shebab bomb diplomats' hotel

Mugadishu - Somalia's president on Monday gave a defiant warning to Shebab insurgents a day after they killed at least 13 people in a bomb attack on a hotel that houses several diplomatic missions.

Shebab gunmen kill Somali lawmaker and his guards

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents assassinated a lawmaker and his guards, the president said, hours after US President Barack Obama said the Al-Qaeda affiliated militants had been "weakened".

Somali, AU troops capture another Shebab stronghold

Mugadishu - Somali government troops backed by African Union forces on Friday captured the Shebab stronghold of Dinsor, the second town seized from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists this week, the defence minister said.

Somali, AU troops capture key Shebab stronghold

Mugadishu - Somali government troops backed by African Union forces on Wednesday captured the Shebab stronghold of Bardhere, one of the last key bases of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists, officials said.

AU troops in new offensive against Shebab

Mugadishu - African Union troops said Sunday they had launched a new offensive against Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels in southern Somalia, vowing to flush the insurgents out of rural areas.

Drone strikes kill 30 in Somalia

Mogadishu - A US. .drone fired at least two missiles that struck a vehicle and caused a large explosion on a nearby al-Shabab base at Bardere.

Kenya university massacre 'mastermind' killed in U.S. drone strike

Garissa - A US drone strike in Somalia has killed four senior members of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab, including the alleged mastermind of the Garissa University massacre in Kenya in April, a Kenyan interior ministry spokesman said Thursday.

Somalia says 12 Shebab killed in hotel raids

Mugadishu - Somalia's government said Saturday that 12 Shebab militants were killed in Friday evening's raids on two heavily-fortified Mogadishu hotels.

Somalia's Shebab in twin Mogadishu hotel attacks

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab militants stormed two hotels in the capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least five people, before they were themselves killed in heavy fighting, security forces said.

Kenyan policemen freed after two years of captivity in Somalia

Nairobi - Two Kenyan policemen have been freed after over two years being held hostage in Somalia by Shebab militants, Kenya's police chief said.

Suspected Shebab gunmen kill 14 in northern Kenya attack

Nairobi - At least 14 people were killed Tuesday when suspected Islamic militants raided a northern Kenyan town on the border with war-torn Somalia, officials said.

Dozens killed in multiple jihadist attacks

Paris - A gunman shot dozens at a Tunisian beach resort, a suicide bomber targeted a mosque in Kuwait and in France, a lone killer pinned a decapitated head to the gates of a factory, in an international Islamist assault on Friday.

Dozens killed as Somali Shebab 'overrun' African Union base

Mugadishu - Dozens of soldiers were killed Friday when Somalia's Shebab insurgents overran an African Union base, witnesses said, describing intense fighting which left corpses strewn around.

Somalia Shebab attack on UAE embassy convoy kills six

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed at least six people Wednesday in a suicide attack on a diplomatic convoy from the United Arab Emirates in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and the Islamists said.

'Three Shebab militants killed' in attack on Somali military base

Mugadishu - Shebab militants launched a major suicide attack on Sunday against a military intelligence base in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, setting off a car bomb before storming inside, security officials said.

British jihadist Thomas Evans believed killed in Kenya

Nairobi - A British jihadist fighting for Somalia's Shebab militia, is believed to have been killed in a thwarted attack on a Kenyan army base on Sunday, a Kenyan defence spokesman said.

Kenya police accused of abuses against Muslims after massacre

Nairobi - The response by Kenyan security forces to a wave of massacres a year ago in Kenya's coastal region has been marked by beatings, arbitrary detentions and theft, human rights groups said Monday.

Islamic militants raid Kenyan army base and village

Mombasa - Suspected Shebab gunmen raided a Kenyan military base and briefly took over a village Sunday in the latest attacks highlighting the insecurity that plagues parts of the country.

Kenya fight against Shebab shifts to its own backyard

Nairobi - From hit and run attacks and massacres to a shopping trip, Somali-led Shebab militants are on the march in northeastern Kenya.

Kenyan man pleads guilty in U.S. to supporting terrorist groups

Miami - A Kenyan man pleaded guilty to supporting three different terrorist organizations, admitting to providing money and recruits in Syria and Somalia, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Kenya police clash with Shebab in Garissa

Garissa - Kenyan police have fought a fierce battle with Shebab militants after an ambush near the border with Somalia, officials said Tuesday.

Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya village

Nairobi - Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents.

Kerry in Djibouti to discuss security, aid to Yemen and Somalia

Djibouti - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti Wednesday, home to the main US military base on the continent and just across the sea from war-torn Yemen.

Blaming the victims of rape in Somalia

Mugadishu - After 14-year-old Fatima was raped by a tuk-tuk driver, she was arrested, detained for a month and raped repeatedly by a police officer, according to the child and her aunt.Sexual violence is widespread in Somalia and rarely prosecuted.

War-torn Somalia 'turning around', Kerry says in landmark visit

Mugadishu - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that war-torn Somalia was facing a better future, as he made a landmark visit as the most senior US official to visit since Washington's doomed military intervention more than two decades ago.

John Kerry in surprise Somalia visit

Mugadishu - John Kerry made a surprise trip to Somalia on Tuesday, becoming the first US secretary of state to visit the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation.

Islamic State or Al-Qaeda? Somalia's Shebab mulls future

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab militants are divided over whether to maintain their allegiance to Al-Qaeda or shift to Islamic State, according to militant and security sources, analysts and clan elders.

Somali Shebab bomb attack on UN bus kills at least six

Garowe - Somalia's Shebab Islamists killed at least six UN workers on Monday when they set off a huge bomb which ripped through a staff bus in the northeastern town of Garowe, police said.

Somali Shebab kill 15 in education ministry attack

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants on Tuesday blasted their way into the higher education ministry with a car bomb before storming the building, killing 15 people.

Kenya starts to bury its massacre dead

Nairobi - The funerals began Friday of students killed in a university massacre of almost 150 people, as some parents still waited to receive the remains of their loved ones.
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