Latest Al-Shabab News

'They are on the run': Somalia leads fight against al-Shabab

Jan. 15, 2023 04:49 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Enough was enough. For 13 years, extremists with al-Qaida’s East Africa affiliate had controlled Mohamud Adow’s village in central Somalia, imposing harsh ideology and arresting local teachers and traditional leaders. Then, word came that Somali...

Al-Shabab extremists deny contact with Somalia's government

Jan. 09, 2023 09:14 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group has denied having contact with the Somali government after the country’s deputy defense minister claimed that the extremists had for the first time asked to negotiate. An unnamed al-Shabab official with the...

Twin bombings targeting Somalia's military kill at least 10

Jan. 04, 2023 04:02 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police in Somalia say two suicide car bombers killed at least 10 people early Wednesday when they targeted a military facility in a region at the heart of the government’s offensive against al-Shabab extremists. The attack occurred in the Mahaas district...

2 shot dead by al-Shabab militants in coastal Kenya

Dec. 26, 2022 07:09 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two people were shot dead by al-Shabab militants and several houses torched in a rural area in coastal Kenya, police said Monday. The Christmas night attack happened in the Pandaguo area in Lamu county that neighbors Boni forest, where security agencies have...

Suspected extremists attack police in northern Kenya; 3 dead

Dec. 21, 2022 05:36 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three people, including two police officers, were killed Wednesday morning in an attack by al-Shabab extremists in northern Kenya, Kenyan police have announced. The victims were in a police vehicle when they were attacked between the Hayley Lapsset Camp and...

US targets Russian mercenary group over religious freedom

Dec. 02, 2022 13:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday placed a well-known Russian paramilitary organization on a list of religious freedom violators alongside a number of notorious terrorist organizations. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced he had designated the Wagner...

Somali forces storm hotel held by extremists, free 60 people

Nov. 28, 2022 12:08 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali forces on Monday stormed a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, where Islamic extremists had been holed up for more than 18 hours after killing eight civilians and trapping dozens in the building, officials said. Police spokesperson Sadik Dodishe said...

Al-Shabab extremist group attacks hotel in Somali capital

Nov. 27, 2022 14:34 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali security forces were attempting to flush out armed assailants from a hotel in the Somali capital, a police spokesman said Sunday, after the extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. There has been no immediate word of any casualties. ...

Extremist group Al-Shabab claims responsibility for armed attack on hotel in Somali capital

Nov. 27, 2022 13:46 PM EST
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Extremist group Al-Shabab claims responsibility for armed attack on hotel in Somali capital.

Al-Shabab gunman kills 3 Kenyan peacekeepers in Somalia

Nov. 21, 2022 13:41 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A lone gunman entered a military base in Somalia and killed at least three Kenyan peacekeepers Monday, the latest attack by extremist fighters who oppose the presence of foreigners in the Horn of Africa nation, according to Kenya's military. The gunman fired...