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US: We Blew Up 150 Militants in Somalia

Pentagon says it destroyed al-Shabab's Raso Camp

(Newser) - A US airstrike using multiple drones and manned aircraft struck a training camp in Somalia Saturday, killing more than 150 al-Shabab fighters who were preparing to launch a large-scale attack, likely against African or US personnel, the Pentagon said Monday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, says the US... More »

Up to 14 Dead in Terrorist Attack on Somali Hotel

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility

(Newser) - Gunmen from the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab forced their way into a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday, the AP reports. A suicide bomber rammed his car into the SYL hotel's entrance and gunmen entered the premises after an exchange of gunfire with hotel guards, one... More »

Al Qaeda-Linked Group Says It's Behind Plane Bomb

Al-Shabab claims the attack 'struck terror in the hearts of the crusaders'

(Newser) - The al Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab announced Saturday it was behind the suicide bomb that failed to bring down a passenger jet last week in Somalia, Reuters reports. On Feb. 2, one of the 74 passengers aboard a Daallo Airlines flight from Mogadishu to Djibouti detonated a bomb, putting a... More »

Restaurant Siege Ends With More Than 20 Dead

Somali security forces say many people were rescued

(Newser) - Somalia's security forces ended a deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital, with more than 20 people killed in the attack, a police official said Friday. Security forces took control of the restaurant just before dawn, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, speaking from the scene of the attack... More »

3 Dead as Gunmen Attack Somali Beach Restaurant

Situation is ongoing; there may be hostages

(Newser) - A suicide car bomber rammed the gates of a restaurant near a beach in Somalia's capital before gunmen fought their way into the building in an attack claimed by an Islamic extremist group that killed at least three people on Thursday, a police official said.The assailants may have... More »

Trump on Jihadist Video: 'They Use Other People, Too'

'There's a problem' and we have to talk about it, he says

(Newser) - Donald Trump has seen the al-Shabab recruitment video that uses footage of him , and as one might expect, he is neither impressed nor contrite. Speaking to CBS News in an interview recorded Friday, he says, "They use other people, too. What am I going to do? I have to... More »

Trump Features in Militant Recruitment Video

al-Shabab video is aimed at US audience

(Newser) - Donald Trump's call for a "complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US has made it into a jihadist recruitment video. The video released Friday by Somalian al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab focuses on racial issues in the US and features video of Trump's speech sandwiched between old clips of... More »

Muslims Save Christians in Kenya Bus Attack

They hid, disguised fellow passengers from al-Shabab

(Newser) - Al-Shabab militants attacked a bus in Kenya on Monday but were thwarted by Muslims who protected Christians on board. Officials say the militants stopped a bus carrying more than 100 people from Nairobi to Mandera, near the border with Somalia and Ethiopia. Buses travel with police escorts because the route... More »

Kenyan Airstrikes Hit al-Shabab for College Attack

Jets target militant positions in Somalia

(Newser) - Kenya launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in Somalia following last week's extremist attack on a Kenyan college that killed 148 people, a military spokesman said today. Warplanes attacked positions of al-Shabab yesterday afternoon and this morning in the Gedo region of Somalia, said Col. David Obonyo of the Kenyan... More »

Kenya Massacre Gunman Was Official's Son

Cops took 7 hours to send special unit in

(Newser) - One of the gunmen who slaughtered 148 people at a college in Kenya has been identified as the law-school-educated son of a Kenyan government official, underscoring the inroads Islamic extremists have made in recruiting young people to carry out attacks against their own country. Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi, who was killed... More »

Survivor Found 2 Days After Massacre in Kenya

She was still in her hiding spot on campus; 5 arrests so far

(Newser) - It's one bit of good news after this week's massacre at a college in Kenya: A 19-year-old woman was found hiding in a cupboard this morning two days after the attack. Cynthia Cheroitich initially refused to come out even as rescuers pleaded with her, reports AP . "How... More »

Kenya Attackers Separated Christians From Muslims

Attack on college that left 147 dead seemed well-planned

(Newser) - The details of yesterday's slaughter of 147 people, mostly students, at a college in Kenya are coming together, and they suggest that the attack by al-Shabab militants was well-planned. For one thing, the gunmen first went to a Christian prayer service at a lecture hall to begin their killing.... More »

Nearly 150 Killed at University in Kenya

Witnesses say gunmen targeted non-Muslims

(Newser) - The siege at a college in northeast Kenya is finally over, but the death toll has risen to at least 147, reports Reuters . The vast majority of victims were believed to be students at Garissa University College. Authorities say that four gunmen, believed to belong to the al-Shabab extremist group... More »

Siege at Somali Hotel Leaves at Least 17 Dead

Security forces reclaim control after attack

(Newser) - Somali troops today took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded. The gunfire has stopped and security agents have accessed the whole building, said senior police officer Capt.... More »

Pentagon: Strike Killed Mall Attack Mastermind

Death deals 'major blow' to al-Shabab

(Newser) - The Pentagon has confirmed that a US airstrike last week killed Adan Garar, a senior member of the al-Shabab extremist group who allegedly helped plan the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 67 people. The Pentagon, calling Garar "a major threat" and saying his death dealt... More »

Homeland Security: Mall Threat Not Credible

Mall of America shoppers unfazed by warning

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security did some backtracking soon after its chief warned yesterday that Mall of America shoppers should be "particularly careful" after a terror threat. A department spokeswoman says that although the mall was named in a video released by Somali extremists al-Shabab, "we are not... More »

After Threat, Mall of America Shoppers Told to Be 'Careful'

Homeland Security urges caution after al-Shabab video referenced attack

(Newser) - The Mall of America has beefed up security and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is urging shoppers there to be "particularly careful" in the wake of a terror threat yesterday, reports CNN . "There will be enhanced security there, but public vigilance, public awareness and public caution in situations... More »

Former DC-Area Cabbie on Terror Most-Wanted List

Suspect's brother is fighting no-fly list in court

(Newser) - Nobody knows a city as well as a taxi driver, which is why the FBI says it is very worried about the latest addition to its most-wanted terror list. Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, is a Somali-born US citizen who was driving a cab in Washington, DC's northern Virginia suburbs... More »

Pentagon: Airstrike Targets Somali Terror Leader

Attacked aimed at al-Shabab leader in Somalia, officials say

(Newser) - A US airstrike in Somalia targeted a senior leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, the Pentagon said today. It did not identify the leader or say whether the strike was successful. In a brief written statement, the Pentagon said the airstrike took place today in the vicinity of Saakow, Somalia.... More »

Al-Shabab Leader With Price on His Head Surrenders

Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi reportedly surrenders in Somalia

(Newser) - A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said today. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not... More »

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