One thing we know: when it is all over, those of us who survive will find some form of meaning in it, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
The United States military says it has killed eight al-Shabaab extremists with an airstrike in southern Somalia.
Somalia's Al-Shabaab militants have shot dead the Maltese manager of a port, while detonating a car bomb in the capital which killed nine people and wounded several others.
Ugandan authorities have said they were planning to seek the extradition of six suspected Islamist extremists being held in Mozambique.
Kenya's interior minister says a man with two New Zealand passports is among 10 people arrested over suspected links with extremism.
A police officer in Kenya says an explosive device went off outside a cinema in a busy part of the capital, injuring one person
The US military says it has carried out two new airstrikes in Somalia against the al-Shabaab extremist group but will no longer give details on fighters killed or damage done.
Kenyan authorities arrested nine more people for their alleged involvement in the deadly extremist attack on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi this week, bringing the total number of suspects detained to 11, police have said.
The father of the American killed in the attack in Kenya's capital says his son worked in the complex and often ate at a cafe in the luxury hotel targeted by the gunmen.
Somali terror group al-shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack on an upscale hotel complex in Nairobi, and Zimbabwean military helicopter has fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires over fuel hikes.
The US military says it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabaab extremist rebels
The United States military says targeted airstrikes against suspected extremists in Somalia have killed 15 fighters.
A Somali police officer says at least seven dead people died in a powerful car bomb explosion in Somalia's capital.
The United States military has said it has killed 24 al-Shabaab extremists with an airstrike in Somalia, one of its deadliest in months.
The deputy mayor of Somalia's capital says two people were killed and five wounded in an explosion at a gas station.
Family and friends gathered at a Houston cemetery to remember Jason Spindler, one of the 21 people killed in an extremist attack last week in Nairobi at a luxury hotel and shopping complex
Hiding from gunmen in an office building, a group of people heard gunshots getting louder and the clatter of a weapon being run along the metal banister of a staircase, according to a survivor of an Islamic extremist attack in Kenya last week.
The British aid group Gatsby says its Africa programs director is among those killed in the attack in Kenya's capital.
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says "divisions are what terrorists thrive on" and is appealing for unity following the deadly attack on a hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi
Police and hospital sources in Somalia say the death toll has risen to 26 from Saturday's twin bombings in the capital, Mogadishu
Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists, amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister has said
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