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Dozens reported killed in clashes between Somali government, fighters

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Dozens of soldiers and Somal were killed in two days of fighting between Somali government forces and al Shabaab militants northwest of the capital...

Al Shabaab, Somali clash leaves 13 dead

At least 13 Somali troops died after the army attacked militant group al Shabaab in jungle and farms near Afgoye north-west of Mogadishu, a...

Somali insurgents piling up cash – UN report

Islamist insurgents in Somalia move millions of dollars through the formal bank system and appear to be investing in businesses and real estate, according...

ISS: East African terror groups are exploiting the seas

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Violent extremist groups operating in East Africa such as al-Shabaab, Ansar al-Sunna and the Islamic State in East Africa Somalia (IS-Somalia) are increasingly making...

Gunmen abduct Kenyan just acquitted in shopping mall attack trial, relative...

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Gunmen abducted a man moments after he was released from state custody in the Kenyan capital a day after he was acquitted in one...

Kenya court convicts two for helping deadly jihadist attack on shopping...

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A Kenyan court convicted two men on Wednesday for helping al Qaeda-linked gunmen storm Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall and kill at least 67 people...

Kenya court convicts two for aiding Islamist assault on shopping mall

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A Kenyan court convicted two men on Wednesday for helping al Qaeda-linked gunmen storm Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, killing at least 67 people in...

Africom identifies al-Shabaab leader targeted in August strike

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US Africa Command officials have released the identity of the senior Al-Shabaab leader killed in a 25 August airstrike in Somalia as Abdulqadir Commandos. The...

Three Somali special forces killed, US officer wounded in car bomb,...

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Three Somali special forces soldiers were killed and a US officer was seriously wounded in a car bomb on Monday outside the force’s base...

US carried out 46 air strike against Somalia’s al Shabaab in...

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The United States has carried out a total of 46 air strikes to degrade al Shabaab in Somalia this year, Africa Command has revealed. In...

US airstrike hits al Shabaab

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The United States has conducted an air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, killing six. Africa Command said the air strike was done in...

Death toll from attack on Mogadishu hotel rises to 16

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At least 16 people were killed in an attack on Sunday by the Islamist group al Shabaab on a seaside hotel in Somalia’s capital...

Blast rocks military base in Somali capital, at least eight dead

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A huge blast rocked a military base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu near a stadium on Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring 14,...

At least six killed as Somalia security forces put out prison...

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At least six prisoners were killed and another six injured when Somali security forces beat back an uprising in Mogadishu’s central prison on Monday,...

Head of Somalia’s military unhurt, civilian killed in suicide car bomb...

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The head of Somalia’s military escaped unhurt and one civilian was killed on Monday when a suicide attacker drove a bomb-laden car into a...

US air strike hits al Shabaab

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The United States military’s Africa Command (Africom) has conducted an air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia. The air strike took place on 9...

Commander in Somali al Shabaab militant group killed – state media

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Somali security forces have killed a commander of the al Shabaab militant group in a military operation, state radio reported on Thursday. Ahsraf Azmi Abu...

Blasts kill seven people in southern and central Somalia

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At least seven people have died in two separate bomb attacks in southern and central Somalia in the last 24 hours, police and military...

Somalia’s Islamist group al Shabaab sets up COVID-19 treatment centre

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Somalia’s Islamist group al Shabaab said on Friday they had set up a COVID-19 treatment centre in the country, and said the disease posed...

Police officer, two militants killed in Kenya, says security official

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A police reservist and two armed attackers were killed in a gunfight on Sunday in Kenya’s northeast Mandera county near the border with Somalia,...

Sudan army officer dies, soldiers hurt in attack by Ethiopian militia-SUNA

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A Sudanese military officer was killed and several soldiers wounded on Thursday in an attack by Ethiopian militias on the Sudanese side of the...

Seven health workers, civilian killed in Somali village – aid group

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Seven health workers and a civilian were killed in a village north of the Somali capital after being abducted by masked men in military...

ISS: Kenya’s counter-terrorism trade-off

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Kenya’s security services have a long history of questionable conduct, and despite a period of apparent reform, it seems old habits die hard. As...

Somali, US forces engage al Shabaab insurgents

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In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US Africa Command conducted a collective self-defence strike against al-Shabaab terrorists who engaged US partner forces,...

Senior al Shabaab leader killed in US air strike

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The United States killed a high-ranking leader of al Shabaab during an air strike in Somalia last week. The US military’s Africa Command (Africom) on...

More air strikes against al Shabaab in Somalia

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The United States has carried out a number of air strikes against al Shabaab militants in Somalia over the last week, killing 16 suspected...

US conducts another air strike in Somalia

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The US military’s Africa Command has carried out another air strike in Somalia targeting al Shabaab. The Command said in coordination with the Federal Government...

ISS: Why is the US ramping up anti-terrorism efforts in Kenya?

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In the aftermath of the deadly al-Shabaab attack on the Dusit 2 hotel complex in Nairobi in January 2019, urgent discussions began about how...

US carries out five air strikes in Somalia

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The US military has conducted five air strikes against al Shabaab militants in Somalia this week. US Africa Command (Africom) said as part of an...

Air strike kills senior al Shabaab Somalia commander

A senior commander in Somalia’s al Shabaab group with a $5 million bounty on his head was killed in an American air strike last...

Militants kill Somali soldiers

Islamist al Shabaab militants killed 12 Somali soldiers and briefly captured a military base south-west of the capital, officials said, underscoring the insurgents’ ability...

ISS: Time to rethink the prevention of violent extremism in Africa

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The past year has seen an uptick in terrorism and efforts to counter it in Africa. On the last day of 2019, al-Shabaab claimed...

ISS: Somalia, terrorism and Kenya’s security dilemma

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Barely two weeks into 2020, al-Shabaab has attacked Kenya five times, leaving scores of Kenyans and foreigners dead. For the first time, one of...

Teachers die in Kenya attack

Three teachers were killed near Kenya’s Somalian border in a suspected attack by al Shabaab militants police said, in what appeared to be the...

Al Shabaab claims Somali bomb

Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it was responsible for a bomb blast near the presidential palace and government buildings in Mogadishu city authorities...

East Africa Response Force deploys to provide airfield security at Manda...

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Following the 5 January terrorist attack at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, U.S. service members comprising part of U.S. Africa Command’s East Africa Response Force...

Kenyans killed in al Shabaab gunfight

Four Kenyan civilians were killed in a gunfight when police engaged al Shabaab militants from Somalia who targeted a telecommunications transmission mast, police said...

Mogadishu hotel attack claims 10 lives

Somali security forces shot dead five Al Shabaab gunmen, who killed three civilians and two soldiers during an attack on a hotel in Mogadishu...

ISS: How is Africa dealing with young extremists?

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What do African societies do when they suspect their children of being terrorists – or when their young extremists give up their guns and...

Twin attacks by Somali insurgents

Somali insurgents mounted an attack on a base where US Special Forces train Somali commandos, while an Italian military convoy was hit in a...

Ethiopia detains suspected Islamist militants planning attacks

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Ethiopia said on Saturday it had arrested an unspecified number of Islamist militant members of the Somali group al Shabaab and Islamic State who...

Somali, US forces engage insurgents

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In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S Africa Command conducted an airstrike on Al-Shabaab insurgents after they attacked a Somali patrol northwest...

Al Shabaab attacks Somali military base

Militant Islamist group al Shabaab struck a Somali government military base with car bombs and gunfire in a battle both sides said caused multiple...

ISS: A risky return for ex-combatants into communities

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Enabling violent extremists to defect from their terror groups to rejoin society is a vital strategy in preventing violent extremism in Africa. But amnesty...

Al Shabaab fighters killed in Kenya

Security forces in Kenya killed three suspected militants from Somalia’s Islamist group al Shabaab after they attacked a police outpost in Garissa county, police...

Al Shabaab blasts kill 16 in Kenya and Somalia

Somali militants killed eight Kenyan police with a roadside bomb near the border between the countries, officials said, with another eight dead in a...

ISS: Rethinking strategy to stop the spread of terrorism

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The terror threat across Africa is as strong as ever. Attacks are occurring not just in the older centres of activity such as Somalia,...

ISS: Time to consider negotiating with al-Shabaab in Somalia?

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‘I knew how to found al-Shabaab, I know how to finish them.’ This was a 2018 statement by Mukhtar Robow, former deputy leader of...

US airstrikes continue to target al-Shabaab, ISIS-Somalia

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In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting ISIS militants in the Golis Mountains, Somalia, on June...

More US air strikes against al Shabaab

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In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US Africa Command conducted another air strike targeting al-Shabaab militants in the Golis Mountains of Somalia...