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Islamist kill 10 Somali soldiers in attack on base

2014-12-15 13:38

Rebels from the Islamist al-Shabaab group have attacked a military base in southern Somalia, killing at least 10 soldiers and burning two military vehicles, officials say.

7 Somali women killed in 'barbaric' attacks

2014-12-11 09:43

At least seven women have been killed in "barbaric" attacks in Somalia after Shabaab insurgents beheaded a soldier’s wife prompting revenge executions of women close to the Islamists, elders say.

Kenya to probe Jazeera on death squad story

2014-12-10 09:43

The Kenyan government says it has ordered an investigation with a view to prosecuting the makers of an Al-Jazeera documentary on death squads.

Kenya needs to win war of ideas to stop Shabaab

2014-12-08 11:56

Kenya must win a battle against militant ideology that is seeping it from its northern neighbour and spreading to Muslim youths at home if it is to stop Somali Islamists extending their reach in east Africa.

In Kenya, police kill suspects with near-impunity

2014-12-06 07:09

Kenyan officers are killing unarmed terror suspects, shakedown victims and even children – spreading fear, breeding corruption and complicating efforts to deal with terrorism, a report says.

Shabaab assassinates ex-lawmaker, bodyguard

2014-12-04 12:21

Somalia's al-Shabaab insurgents say they had assassinated a former lawmaker and his bodyguard and wounded another MP in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu.

Kenyan unions urge workers to leave north

2014-12-03 20:11

Kenyan trade unions have urged non-Muslim public sector workers including teachers and doctors to leave the country's lawless northern region.

Kenyan troops to stay put in Somalia – Kenyatta

2014-12-03 07:59

President Uhuru Kenyatta says Kenyan troops would stay put in Somalia where they are now part of an AU force battling al-Shabaab and supporting the war-torn country's internationally-backed government.

Kenya to intensify war on terrorism after Shabaab attacks

2014-12-02 17:44

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents his security forces will "intensify the war on terrorism" after a spate of killings in the country.

Kenya massacre: Non-Muslims shot at close range

2014-12-02 11:51
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A witness to Kenya's latest attack in which at least 36 people were killed by suspected al-Shabaab militants says non-Muslims were ordered to lie down and were shot on the head at close range.

Stop the killings, protesters tell Kenya's Kenyatta

2014-11-26 08:40

Kenyan police have used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "president, stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta’s offices in protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by al-Shabaab.

Kenya bus attack 'an attempt by Shabaab to start religious war'

2014-11-23 07:25

A senior adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta says the killing of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is an attempt by al-Shabaab militants to start a "religious war", according to a report.

Mosque raids provoke clashes in Kenya's Mombasa port

2014-11-21 14:58

Armed police are patrolling streets in Kenyan port city of Mombasa and many businesses have been shut after clashes broke out with Moslem youths following a raid on a mosque.

4 killed in revenge attacks after Kenya mosques raid

2014-11-18 11:39

Four people have been stabbed to death in Kenya’s volatile port city of Mombasa following security raids on mosques in which a man was killed and over 200 people arrested, police say.

Uganda suspends officers over Somalia sex abuse

2014-11-06 12:55

Uganda has suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia, including allegations of sexual exploitation, the army says.

Somalia power struggles risking peace efforts - EU, UN

2014-11-03 11:05

Power struggles between Somalia's president and prime minister are risking the war-torn country's fragile gains, European Union and United Nations envoys warned Monday in a call for "responsible political leadership."

Somalia seizes weapons ship

2014-10-29 23:16

Somali security forces have intercepted a vessel carrying explosives that appeared to be intended for use by the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Somalia's Shabaab stones man to death for rape

2014-10-22 14:48

Somalia's al -Shabaab militants say they had stoned an 18-year-old man to death for raping a woman at gunpoint in one of their strongholds in the southern Lower Shabelle region.

Kenya arrests separatist leader

2014-10-15 20:45

Kenyan police have arrested the leader of a separatist movement seeking independence for the country's Indian Ocean coast regions.

Bomb hits Somali police car after cafe attack

2014-10-13 20:37

A bomb has torn through a senior policeman's car in Somalia's capital after suspected Islamist militants shelled an area where the president was due to speak.

At least six dead in Somalia blast

2014-10-12 19:17

At least six people have been killed by a car bomb near a popular hotel and café in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Somali, African troops take key port from Shabaab

2014-10-05 12:02

Somali troops backed by African peacekeepers have recaptured the last major port held by the Shabaab.

Uganda uncovers 'al-Qaeda prison plot'

2014-09-30 20:02

Uganda has intercepted communications between militants in the east African nation and al-Qaeda groups in north Africa requesting help in a planned attack on a major Kampala prison.

Harassment haunts Somalis after Westgate

2014-09-19 10:27

Mass arrests, extortion, deportation: One year since the Westgate mall attack, Somalis in Kenya say the attack has left their community battling harassment and denigration.

Kenya mall attack: A tale of nerve-wracking experiences

2014-09-18 08:09

Read about nerve-wracking experiences of Kenyan journalists who covered the 21 September 2013 massacre that left at least 67 people dead at the Westgate mall in Nairobi.

 

Kenyan security laws threaten freedoms - rights groups

2014-12-14 17:59

Kenyan proposals to boost security laws risk returning the country to a 'police state', rights groups say, but the government says they are vital to the nation's protection.

Shabaab killings: Kenya eyes tougher security laws

2014-12-10 13:47

Kenya's government wants to beef up its security laws after a string of attacks by Somalia’s al-Shabaab insurgents, reports say.

Number of Somalis in crisis surges 20%

2014-12-08 14:15

More than three million people in war-torn Somalia – 20% more than last year – need urgent help because of malnutrition, war and other crises, the UN says.

Shabaab claims responsibility for Somalia bombing

2014-12-06 14:50

The death toll has risen to 20 after twin suicide bombings in the Somali town of Baidabo. They added that up to 40 people had been injured.

Crashed Kenyan fighter pilot missing in Shabaab-held Somalia

2014-12-05 12:45

A Kenyan fighter pilot whose jet crashed in an area controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia is missing, the army says.

Mass killings raise security concerns in Kenya

2014-12-04 10:19

A series of mass killings by al-shabaab in which non-Muslims have been singled out has increased pressure on Kenya to improve security along a porous border.

Large blast outside Somali capital's airport - witnesses

2014-12-03 09:21

A suspected car bomb has exploded close to the heavily fortified gates of the airport in Mogadishu, the entrance of the “green zone” and base of foreign embassies in the Somali capital, witnesses say.

Kenya interior minister, police chief swept from posts after massacre

2014-12-02 20:16

Kenya's interior minister and police chief have been removed from their post, hours after Somalia's Shabaab rebels carried out a fresh massacre in the northeast of the country.

Shabaab fingered in Kenya’s latest attack

2014-12-02 15:18

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks in northern Kenya that killed at least 36 quarry workers although the massacre bears the hallmarks of Somalia's al-Shabaab.

Kenya massacre: Attackers 'sprayed' gunfire at tents

2014-12-02 08:52

There are fears some workers may have been abducted when gunman sprayed gunfire at tents at a quarry where workers were sleeping, killing at least 36 people in troubled northeast Kenya.

Kenyan unions warn 1 000s of workers to leave restive north

2014-11-25 22:23

Thousands of Kenyan civil servants, teachers and medics have been warned by their unions to leave troubled north-eastern regions hit by a wave of insurgent attacks, reports say.

Shabaab militants hijack bus, kill non-Muslims

2014-11-22 11:52
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Police officials say al-Shabaab militants from Somalia have hijacked a bus in northern Kenya and killed 28 non-Muslims on board.

Kenyan cops arrest 109 at mosques, seize explosives

2014-11-19 17:42

Kenyan police have found explosives at three mosques in Mombasa and arrested 109 people on suspicion they were undergoing military training, in the latest in a series of raids in the port city.

1 dead, 200 held in Kenya radical mosques raid

2014-11-17 11:30

One man has been killed as Kenyan security forces arrested over 200 people and seized weapons in raids on mosques accused of links to Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants, police say.

Kenyan Muslim preacher shot dead

2014-11-05 11:51

Gunmen in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have shot dead a moderate Muslim cleric, a vocal opponent of the radical teachings of Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents, police say.

US warns against Burundi travel amid Shabaab threat

2014-10-31 14:21

The US has issued a stark travel warning to Burundi after threats by al-Shabaab militants and imposed a de facto night-time curfew on US government staff in that country.

UN chief visits war-ravaged Somalia

2014-10-29 14:33

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has met with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud under heavy security in Mogadishu, his first visit to the dangerous capital of the war-torn nation in almost three years.

Kenya: 5 suspected bombers killed

2014-10-20 10:00

Kenyan and Somali soldiers have killed five suspected Islamic extremist bombers attempting to cross into the country from Ethiopia in a car laden with explosives and suicide vests, a spokesperson says.

Shabaab plot to attack Ethiopian capital, US says

2014-10-15 12:04

Somali Islamist insurgents are plotting to attack an upmarket area of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, the US embassy has warned, in a notice to citizens to avoid crowded areas.

Somali faces grave problems - UN

2014-10-13 13:59

War-torn Somalia's government remains riddled with corruption while al-Shabaab islamists are as deadly as ever, United Nations investigators say.

Ethiopia: US embassy intruders must be charged

2014-10-10 13:09

Ethiopia's government says it hopes US authorities will prosecute protesters who tried to take down the national flag on the grounds of its embassy in Washington.

+20 Shabaab members killed in Somalia fighting

2014-10-02 09:46

More than 20 combatants of the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab and several soldiers from Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region have been killed in fighting, officials say.

Somali militants stone woman to death

2014-09-27 14:15

Somali al-Shabaab militants stoned a woman to death in the southern town of Barawe after a court they had set up declared her guilty of adultery.

Kenya massacre: Developments one year on

2014-09-18 08:09

One year after Somalia's Shabaab rebels stormed Nairobi's Westgate mall, killing at least 67 people in a four-day siege, multiple questions remain.

Somalia's al-Shabaab denies Uganda claim

2014-09-16 05:00

Somalia's al-Shabaab militants have denied that Ugandan authorities had foiled an attack by the group.

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