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Suspected extremists abduct 3 non-Muslims in Kenya's north

Sep. 24, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Officials in Kenya say three non-Muslim bus passengers were abducted by suspected Islamic extremists in Kenya's northern Mandera county that borders Somalia. Armed gunmen, believed to be Somalia's al-Shabab rebels, stopped a bus about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Lafey town and...

Suicide bomber kills 2, wounds 6 outside mosque in Somalia

Sep. 11, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in the southern port city of Kismayo as Friday prayers ended, killing two people. Sahal Nur told The Associated Press that the bomber detonated his explosives belt near the gate of the mosque as worshippers were...

This image distributed online by the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) and provided by SITE Intelligence Group shows ISCAP fighters and weapons following clashes with Mozambican government troops on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, near Mocimboa da Praia, in northern Mozambique. The stinging success of Mozambique's Islamic extremist rebels in seizing and holding the northern port city signals to the government, neighboring countries and the world that Africa has yet another insurgency hotspot. Writing in Arabic reads

Mozambique accused of abuses in its fight against extremists

Sep. 9, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Amnesty International Wednesday accused Mozambique’s government forces of torturing suspected members of an Islamist insurgency in the country’s northern Cabo Delgado province, as well as “possible extrajudicial executions” and “discarding a...

Suicide bomber kills 3, including child, in Somali capital

Sep. 9, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali official says a suicide bomber killed at least three civilians, including a young boy, at a restaurant in Somalia's capital Wednesday evening. Ismail Mukhtar, spokesman for Somalia’s information ministry, told The Associated Press that seven other people were...

US soldier hurt, 2 Somali soldiers dead in al-Shabab attack

Sep. 7, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. soldier was wounded and two Somali soldiers were killed when an al-Shabab suicide bomber tried to pass a checkpoint and attack a military compound in southern Somalia but was stopped by the partner forces, the countries said Monday. A Somali information ministry statement...

US says airstrike kills 6 al-Shabab in Somalia after ambush

Aug. 26, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military says it killed six al-Shabab extremists with an airstrike in Somalia after the al-Qaida-linked group attacked Somali forces while U.S. forces were nearby. The U.S. Africa Command statement said Monday’s airstrike was carried out near Darasalam village...

Somali police suspend prison warden after deadly riot

Aug. 17, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The warden of the central prison in Somalia’s capital has been suspended following a recent riot at the facility in which 19 people were killed, an official said Monday. Abdiqani Mohamed Qalaf, spokesman for the police force in charge of prisons, told reporters the force...

Medical workers and other Somalis help a civilian woman, who was wounded when a powerful car bomb blew off the security gates to the Elite Hotel, as she arrives at a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. A Somali police officer says at least 10 people have been killed and more than a dozen others injured in an ongoing siege at the beachside hotel in Somalia's capital where security forces are battling Islamic extremist gunmen who have invaded the building. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somalia forces end rebel siege of Mogadishu hotel; 15 killed

Aug. 16, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's security forces on Sunday ended a nearly five-hour siege by Islamic extremists at a beachside hotel in Somalia's capital, said police and a government spokesman. At least 15 people were killed when the attackers invaded the Elite Hotel, a new establishment popular with...

At least 8 soldiers dead in blast outside Somali army base

Aug. 8, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A car bomb exploded at the gates of a military base in Somalia's capital Saturday, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding 14 others, with the toll expected to rise, police said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group quickly claimed responsibility via its radio arm,...

US military says airstrike killed civilian in Somalia

Jul. 28, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military on Tuesday acknowledged killing a civilian and wounding three others with an airstrike in Somalia earlier this year. This is the second in a new series of quarterly reports the U.S. Africa Command issues on airstrikes in Somalia and allegations of civilian deaths after...