Somalia's Shabaab kill 18 police in academy bombing

2017-12-14 15:30

A suicide bomber from Somalia's Shabaab insurgents killed 18 police officers and wounded 15 others when he blew himself up inside the country's main police academy, the force's chief has said.

US drone strike removes 'imminent threat' to Somali capital

2017-12-12 19:31

A US military drone strike on a vehicle carrying explosives in Somalia has removed "an imminent threat to the people of Mogadishu" by the al-Shabaab extremist group, the US Africa Command has said.

Mali hostages in video appeal for negotiated release

2017-12-05 20:38

A video of two hostages, a Malian judge and a soldier kidnapped by armed men, has been released in which they asked the government to free jihadists and impose sharia to secure their release.

ISIS silent on Egypt massacre decried even by supporters

2017-11-29 18:30

The gunmen who massacred more than 300 worshippers in an Egyptian mosque made no effort to conceal their identity - they showed up raising the black banner of the self-styled "Islamic State", authorities and witnesses have said.

Mali delays December regional election until April 2018

2017-11-27 21:18

Mali has delayed regional elections due next month until April 2018 in order to address dissatisfaction with the timing from powerful armed groups, the government has said.

US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters

2017-11-22 15:42

US forces conducted an air strike against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group in Somalia, killing more than 100 jihadists, military officials have said.

Egypt confirms death of leading jihadist in air strikes

2017-11-17 12:39

Egypt's interior ministry confirmed says the death of one of the country's most wanted militants in air strikes late October against a group behind a deadly ambush on policemen.

France says 'go ahead' to African security initiatives

2017-11-16 09:51

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has encouraged African nations calling for greater autonomy over their security to "go for it", following the launch of a regional anti-jihad force in the Sahel.

US-targeted ISIS in Somalia could be a 'significant threat'

2017-11-13 16:35

The Islamic State group's growing presence in Somalia could become a "significant threat" if it attracts fighters fleeing collapsing strongholds in Syria and Iraq, experts say, and already it seems to be influencing local al-Shabaab extremists to adopt tactics like beheadings.

UN official, in Mali, warns over 'violations' in anti-terror raids

2017-11-08 17:58

A senior UN official, on a visit to Mali, has warned about "violations committed during anti-terrorist operations" after Bamako said French troops killed Malian soldiers during a raid against jihadists.


Africa, Europe seek to boost Sahel anti-terror force

2017-12-13 18:11

France's Emmanuel Macron has hosted African and European leaders to drum up support and contributions for a new counter-terrorism force in the terror-plagued Sahel.

Dozens of Ugandan troops withdrawn from Somalia duty

2017-12-07 15:03

Uganda's military has begun withdrawing dozens of its troops from a regional force in Somalia, a military official has said, marking the beginning of the end of an African Union team that has battled violent Islamic extremists.

Report finds 512 died in deadliest Somalia bombing

2017-12-02 15:06

As many as 512 died in an October truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu, an emergency committee investigating the terrorist atrocity has found.

Deadly mosque attack puts Egypt Sinai strategy in spotlight

2017-11-28 16:32

Egypt's years-long military campaign against a jihadist insurgency in the north of the Sinai Peninsula is under increasing scrutiny following a devastating mosque attack last week.

US airstrike against Islamic State group in Somalia kills 1

2017-11-27 21:18

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike against the Islamic State group in northeastern Somalia that killed one extremist.

UN seeks to put human rights experts into new Sahel force

2017-11-18 15:03

The United Nations is seeking to put human rights advisers and monitors into the 5 000-troop African force from five nations that in charged with fighting extremists in western Africa's vast Sahel region

US keen on 'expanding' ties with sanctions-free Sudan

2017-11-16 21:43

The United States is keen to expand relations with Sudan that have gained a "positive momentum" after Washington lifted its trade embargo against Khartoum, a top US diplomat has said.

US drone strike in Somalia kills 'several' with al-Shabaab

2017-11-16 05:49

The US military says it has carried out a drone strike against al-Shabaab in Somalia that killed several extremists.

Al-Qaeda affiliate in Mali claims string of attacks

2017-11-09 14:36

An Al-Qaeda affiliate in Mali has claimed responsibility for four attacks on Malian and United Nations troops that it said killed six soldiers.

French envoys meet Mali govt over raid deaths

2017-11-07 21:33

France has sent high-level representatives to talk to the Malian government after a French anti-terror raid killed Malian troops held by the jihadists.

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