Somalia: 11 killed in car bomb blast in the capital

2016-11-26 17:05

Somali police say a car bomb has exploded near a police station in a busy market in the capital, killing at least 11 people and injuring 16 others.

Kidnapped Australian doctor becomes Burkina Faso citizen

2016-11-25 06:11

An Australian surgeon kidnapped by jihadists nearly two years ago whose whereabouts remain unknown has been declared a citizen of the west African nation, an official decree has announced.

Libya arrests wife of top former al-Qaeda-linked leader

2016-11-22 16:01

A Libyan anti-terrorism security force says authorities have arrested a wife of the one-eyed militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar, once considered the most dangerous man in the Sahara and formerly a top al-Qaeda figure in North Africa.

Mali under threat as peace deal founders, fighting flares

2016-11-17 15:08

With Mali's hard-fought peace deal foundering and jihadist groups back on the offensive, the west African country could be headed for fresh chaos, experts say.

Dutch government warns of risks from returning jihadis

2016-11-14 18:31

The Dutch counterterrorism coordinator is warning that if ISIS's self-declared caliphate collapses it could trigger an increase in jihadi fighters returning home and compounding the threat of an extremist attack in the Netherlands.

UN experts: 45 000 opposition fighters in Afghanistan

2016-11-05 07:26

Fighters loyal to al-Qaeda have taken on a more active supporting role for the Taliban during the current offensive in Afghanistan while the position of the Islamic State extremist group in the country "has distinctly weakened," UN experts say.

Kenya declares curfew in strife-hit Mandera

2016-10-28 10:05

Kenya's government has announced a 60-day dusk to dawn curfew in the northeastern town of Mandera, hit by two deadly terrorist attacks in three weeks.

Heavily armed Shabaab fighters retake town in central Somalia

2016-10-24 06:00

Islamic extremist rebels have recaptured a town in central Somalia after African Union and Somali troops pulled out, according to residents.

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.


Indonesia police say militant was making powerful bombs

2016-11-26 07:11

Indonesian police say a suspected militant arrested has been making explosives more powerful than those used in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

Students scamper for safety as gunmen storm school and fire shots in Kenya

2016-11-23 08:39

Armed gunmen have stormed a school in a Kenyan province bordering Somalia, spraying bullets but not injuring anyone, official sources say, without confirming whether they were Shabaab group militants.

Airstrikes in Syria's besieged Aleppo kill more than 20

2016-11-18 14:37

Airstrikes pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo, killing more than 20 people and hitting a water pumping station on the third day of a renewed air campaign on the besieged territory, Syrian activists and rescue workers have said.

Senior Libyan al-Qaeda leader reported slain in drone strike

2016-11-16 19:01

Senior Libyan al-Qaeda leader has reportedly been killed in a drone strike in country's remote south.

UN peacekeeper, two civilians killed in Mali attack

2016-11-07 08:21

A peacekeeper from Togo and two Malian civilians have been killed in an attack on a military convoy in Mali, rounding off a bloody week for foreign forces stationed there, the UN says.

ISIS claims killing of Algerian police officer

2016-10-31 15:30

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the killing of an Algerian police officer while he was reportedly dining in a restaurant.

Shabaab suicide bomber strikes AU base in Somalia

2016-10-25 16:26

A Shabaab suicide bomber has rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into an African Union military base in central Somalia, a security official said.

Niger town fears for abducted US aid worker 'Jeff'

2016-10-23 11:43

For people living in the small city of Abalak in central Niger, the abduction of a longtime US aid worker over a week ago has left them angry and anxious.

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.

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