Fierce fighting in key Somali town close to Mogadishu

2016-10-18 21:07

Fighting between Somali troops and al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab fighters is ongoing in the key city of Afgoye, some 30km northwest of the capital Mogadishu, a security source and a witness say.

Niger says US aid worker likely held by Mali jihadists

2016-10-17 08:30

A US aid worker kidnapped in Niger is likely being held by jihadists from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, the country's interior minister says.

Niger hunts kidnapped US aid worker

2016-10-16 10:02

Niger has launched an army operation to hunt down a kidnapped American aid worker, the west African country's interior minister says.

Gunmen attack Burkina Faso's north, killing 5 people

2016-10-13 15:03

Burkina Faso's defence ministry says heavily armed assailants have attacked a military position in the north near the Mali border, killing three soldiers and two civilians.

Ethiopia troops pull out of Somalia towns

2016-10-11 13:27

Hundreds of Ethiopian troops have pulled out of a town in central Somalia, at least the second location vacated by their forces in recent weeks, a Somali security official says.

Malian jihadist jailed for 9 years for Timbuktu attacks

2016-09-27 13:42

War crimes judges on Tuesday sentenced a Malian jihadist to nine years in jail for destroying the fabled shrines of Timbuktu, in a landmark ruling experts hope will help safeguard the world's vulnerable monuments.

UN fears Mali clashes could hurt peace process

2016-09-21 19:00

The UN has voiced concerns over Mali's shaky peace deal following deadly clashes between groups that have signed up to the agreement.

Shabaab seize Somalia town near Kenya border

2016-09-17 17:30

Heavily-armed Shabaab fighters have seized control of a Somali town near the Kenyan border after an attack on an army base that left several soldiers dead, local officials and residents say.

Yemeni officials: drone kills 5 suspected al-Qaeda fighters

2016-09-15 05:37

Yemeni security officials say a suspected US drone has struck a car travelling in the southern Bayda province, killing five suspected al-Qaeda fighters

Three women killed staging attack on Mombasa police station

2016-09-11 15:41

Three women were killed while staging a knife and firebomb attack on the main police station in the Kenyan city of Mombasa on Sunday in what officers said was "an apparent terror attack."


Has Shabaab been weakened for good? The answer is 'yes' and 'no'

2016-10-18 15:02

Al Shabaab is facing stress under increased pressure from the government and the regional states. But it should also be noted that predictions of its collapse have come and gone before.

11 dead, 50 000 displaced in week of Somali bloodshed: UN

2016-10-16 23:00

A week of violent clashes between rival forces in northern Somalia has killed 11 people and forced more than 50 000 to flee, the UN humanitarian agency says.

4 killed as convoy ambushed in central Mali, army says

2016-10-14 07:20

Mali army spokesperson says four soldiers have been killed and nine wounded after armed men attacked a convoy in the central Segou region.

Kenyan police arrest Briton in Shabaab recruitment probe

2016-10-11 20:52

Kenyan police have arrested a British national alongside two Somali women, all suspected of recruiting for Somalia's Islamist Shabaab militants, police sources say.

Al-Shabaab kills 6 in Kenya border town

2016-10-06 17:10

The governor of the Kenya-Somalia border county of Mandera says six people died in an attack by suspected Islamic extremists.

Mali leader warns UN about 'terrorist' gains

2016-09-23 22:30

Malian President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita has told the UN that "extremist and terrorist" groups are growing in his war-torn country where increased clashes are slowing peace efforts.

Somali town back in government hands after Shabaab attack

2016-09-17 22:00

Somali government troops backed by African peacekeepers have retaken control of a town close to the Kenyan border hours after its seizure by heavily-armed Shabaab jihadists, officials and witnesses say.

Kenya refugee return scheme flouts international law - HRW

2016-09-15 22:45

As Kenya prepares to close the world's largest refugee camp, a rights watchdog said the repatriation of Somalis from Dadaab camp is based on fear and misinformation and violates international standards.

Sign language hitch delays Kenya attack hearings

2016-09-14 20:03

Sign language problems have delayed hearings against three women refugees suspected of sheltering three female assailants shot dead while staging an unprecedented attack against the main police station in Mombasa.

No US involvement in Syrian rebel leader death - Pentagon

2016-09-10 09:00

The Pentagon has said it played no role in the death of the commander of Syria's largest rebel coalition, who has been killed in an air strike near Aleppo.

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