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Somalia’s al Shabaab raid military base, loot weapons

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Fighters belonging to Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed an army base near the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, looted it for weapons and then withdrew, a military source, residents and the group told Reuters. The assault began when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the base in El Salini, 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, at around 5:30 am l ...

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Somalia’s frightening network of Islamist spies

Somalia's militant Islamists remain relatively undiminished, despite a 12-year UN-backed campaign against them, largely thanks to its sophisticated web of spies, writes the BBC's Mary Harper. Often, when I return to the UK from Somalia, I get a phone call from al-Shabab. It usually happens even before I talk to my family, while I am waiting for my luggage or in a taxi on the way home. Once, after a trip to ...

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US spy chiefs warn of continuing threat from Shabaab militants

Al-Shabaab is likely to continue posing threats to the nations of East Africa in the coming year, the heads of the US intelligence agencies have said. Violence on the part of the Islamist insurgents is unlikely to be reduced due to “elite competition, corruption and poor coordination among security services in Somalia,” the spy masters stated in a report released on January 29. ATTACKS Shabaab's ability to ...

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Al-Shabaab says Nairobi attack was part of series of attacks against western targets in Africa

Mogadishu (Harar24) - in new statement by Al-Shabaab on the deadly Nairobi attack The group says that it “carried out this operation – codenamed Operation ‘Jerusalem will never be Judaized’ – in accordance with the guidelines of Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri,”  and hints that more attacks are Imminent . The Somali-based islamist group Al-Shabaab, which took responsibility for the deadly Nairobi hotel complex att ...

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Nineteen people still missing after deadly militant attack in Kenya – Red Cross

NAIROBI - Nineteen people remain unaccounted for two days after Somali militants attacked a hotel complex in Nairobi and killed at least 21 people, the Red Cross said on Thursday, raising the possibility of a considerably higher death toll. Al Shabaab, a Somalia-based al Qaeda affiliate fighting to impose strict Islamic law, said it carried the assault on the upscale dusitD2 compound over U.S. President Don ...

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Kenya Red Cross says 50 people remain missing following deadly attack at hotel complex

NAIROBI, Kenya — Dozens of people remain missing one day after a deadly attack on a popular hotel complex in Nairobi, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society. Tuesday's attack started with car bombs before armed men invaded the DusitD2 hotel complex, which includes bars, restaurants, offices and banks. A total of 94 people were reported missing in the immediate hours following the attack, the Red Cross Soc ...

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Police battle gunmen who stormed Nairobi hotel complex

Kenyan security forces are battling to retake control of an upscale hotel and office complex in Nairobi after gunmen stormed the compound on Tuesday afternoon, in what officials say is a "suspected terror attack." Heavy gunfire and an explosion sent people running for their lives from the complex in an affluent neighborhood in the Kenyan capital. Footage from the scene showed armed officers escorting office ...

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Somalia’s South West State: A New President Installed, a Crisis Inflamed

On 19 December, local lawmakers in Somalia’s restive South West state elected Abdiasis Mohammed “Laftagareen” president in a controversial poll that is certain to sow new instability. Laftagareen, former MP and Minister, would not have won without the Federal Government of Somalia’s manipulations. Mogadishu tilted the balance in his favour by arresting his popular Salafi opponent, Mukhtar Robow “Abu Mansur” ...

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At least 13 killed in Mogadishu car bomb claimed by al Shabaab

MOGADISHU - At least 13 people were killed and 17 wounded in a car bomb attack claimed by al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab close to the president’s residence in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said on Saturday. “The death toll has risen to 13 people including civilians and soldiers. Seventeen others were injured. The casualties are from the two blasts,” Major Mohamed Hussein, a police officer, told Reu ...

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Somalia scrambles to prevent al-Shabab’s former No. 2 from running for office

NAIROBI — Mukhtar Robow, the former spokesman and deputy leader of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, is a surprisingly popular man. After quitting the group in 2013 and formally recognizing Somalia’s government last year, he has successfully shed his association with a militancy that proudly claims countless suicide bombings and institutes a merciless interpretation of sharia law across areas it controls ...

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