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Several wounded as mortars hit UN compound in Mogadishu

Oct. 13, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations mission in Somalia says several people were wounded when mortar rounds landed inside the U.N. and African Union compounds in Mogadishu. The statement says the mortar rounds landed early afternoon Sunday. It cites U.N. special representative James Swan as saying he is...

Armed men attack Burkina Faso mosque, kill at least 16

Oct. 13, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Armed men stormed the grand mosque in Burkina Faso's northern village of Salmossi, killing at least 16 people and wounding two others, a local official said Sunday. The armed men entered during evening prayers on Friday, according to Ernest Bouma Nebie, a regional official...

Kenya: Police chief says roadside bomb kills 11 officers

Oct. 12, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's police chief says a roadside bomb has killed 11 officers on the country's southern border with Somalia. Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai said Saturday the officers' patrol car was blown up on Damajale Hare Hare road near the town of Liboi. No one has claimed responsibility...

Afghan officials say raid killed top Al-Qaida commander

Oct. 8, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A top Al-Qaida commander was killed in a raid by Afghan forces last month, Afghan intelligence officials said Tuesday, in an operation backed by U.S. airstrikes that also killed tens of civilians. Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security said in a statement Tuesday that the...

UN peacekeeper killed, 5 others seriously wounded in Mali

Oct. 7, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The United Nations says a peacekeeper from Chad was killed and five other peacekeepers were seriously wounded in a pair of attacks in Mali. The peacekeeper was killed and four colleagues wounded on Sunday when their convoy struck an explosive device in Aguelhok in the northern region of...

Mali: 38 dead in worst assault vs. regional security force

Oct. 4, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s defense ministry says the death toll from two attacks against Malian members of a regional counterterror force has risen to 38. Gen. Dahirou Dembele said late Thursday this is the biggest loss the G5 Sahel force has recorded since its creation in 2017. He said another 33...

Saudi man sentenced to more than 12 years for visa fraud

Oct. 3, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Saudi man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to not disclosing he had attended an al-Qaida terrorist training camp in Afghanistan before entering the U.S. Federal court records indicate 35-year-old Naif Abdulaziz Alfallaj of Weatherford,...

25 dead after extremists attack army camps in central Mali

Oct. 1, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked groups attacked two army bases in central Mali, killing at least 25 people and leaving 60 missing, Mali's government said Tuesday. Assailants rode into the community of Boulikessi with heavy weaponry overnight Sunday to Monday to attack a Malian battalion of the regional...

Ambush in Mali kills 7 soldiers after vehicle hits bomb

Sep. 26, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's army says seven soldiers are dead after their vehicles struck an explosive device and were ambushed. Army spokesman Col. Diarran Kone said the army on Thursday was escorting two vehicles full of fertilizer between the communities of Douentza and Sevare in central Mali when the...

AP Interview: Karzai says Afghan election threatens peace

Sep. 24, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A presidential election that is days away in Afghanistan threatens the troubled nation's best chance of making peace with the Taliban and ending 18 years of war, former President Hamid Karzai told The Associated Press on Tuesday, comparing the vote to asking a heart patient to run...