Al Shabaab

“Serious Concern” in Somalia as 5 Mln Go Hungry, U.N. Says

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI, Sept 20 – The number of Somalis who do not have enough to eat has risen to five million, or more than four out of ten people, due to poor rains, the United Nations said on Tuesday, with children at the greatest risk of ill-health and death. The figure has increased

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Suicide Bombers Kill Seven at Peacekeeping Base in Somalia

MOGADISHU, July 26 – Suicide bombers killed at least seven people as they tried to blast their way into the African Union’s main peacekeeping base in Somalia’s capital on Tuesday, police said. The force of the explosions shattered windows at Mogadishu’s nearby airport, showering arriving passengers with glass, said witnesses. Al Shabaab, the Islamist militant

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Suicide Bomber Strikes While Hugging Official in Somalia’s Puntland

MOGADISHU, March 31 – A militant suicide bomber put his arms around a local official as if in a hug and blew both of them up in the autonomous Somali region of Puntland on Thursday, officials said. The Islamist militant group Al Shabaab, which frequently targets officials in its bid to overthrow the Western-backed Somali

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Kenya’s Tourism Minister Sees Industry Recovering in 2018

By Duncan Miriri WATAMU, Kenya Jan 18 – Kenya’s tourism sector will take another two years to recover after the government beefed up security and boosted funding for the sector, a key source of hard currency revenues, new tourism minister Najib Balala told Reuters. Visitor numbers and earnings have plunged in the last four years

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Somali Islamist Rebels Say They Captured Kenyan Troops on Friday

MOGADISHU, Jan 17 – Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group said on Sunday it had captured some Kenyan soldiers during an attack last week on a military base in the west of Somalia near the Kenyan border. The group, which did not say how many soldiers were held after Friday’s assault, also said in a statement

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Minnesota Man Charged With Planning to Join Daesh

By Alex Dobuzinskis Dec 9 – A Minnesota man was charged on Wednesday as the tenth person in an alleged conspiracy that encouraged young Somali-American men to travel overseas to join militant group Daesh and he planned to make the trip himself, court papers showed. Since 2007, U.S. prosecutors say, dozens of people from Minnesota,

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Kenyan Forces Drive Out Alleged Al Shabaab Group From Forest

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 11 Kenyan security forces have destroyed five camps used by suspected militants linked to the Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab in a sweep of a forest on the north coast, a commander in charge of the operation said. The army and police launched the operation two months ago in

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Al Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Somali Hotel Attack

MOGADISHU, Nov 1 (Reuters)  Two bombs ripped into a hotel in the Somali capital on Sunday and security forces fought Islamist Al Shabaab gunmen, who stormed the building for hours afterwards, police and witnesses said. At least 11 people were killed. Al Shabaab, which has frequently launched attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple

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