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Uganda 2010 bombing mastermind found guilty

May 26, 2016 - 9:33 PM

Judge Alfonse Owiny Dollo says Issa Luyima a Ugandan had been shown during the trial to have played a key part in planning the attacks

Kenya marks Garissa university massacre anniversary

Apr 02, 2016 - 5:28 PM

The country marks the first anniversary of the Garissa university massacre with a run in honor of the victims as well as prayers and candlelight vigils organized by ordinary citizens

epa04988267 YEARENDER 2015 APRIL A young girl inspects photographs of mourners taken and sold by a photographer as souvenirs outside a Catholic church where a service for twenty one-year-old Angela Nyokabi Githakwa who was killed in an attack on Garissa University College on 02 April 2015 was held in a village near Gatundu, some 50km north of Nairobi, Kenya, 10 April 2015. Githakwa was killed in an attack by Islamist militant group al-Shabab from Somalia just one month before she turned 22. Hundreds of people gathered in a small village to mourn the young girl's death. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

6 killed in Somalia hotel suicide attack

Mar 31, 2016 - 5:40 PM

UPDATED Al Qaeda affiliated Shebab rebels claim responsibility for the deadly bombing

'More than 150' Shebab fighters killed in US strike in Somalia

Mar 08, 2016 - 9:14 AM

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis says the strike occurred Saturday March 5 on a camp called Raso about 120 miles 195 kilometers north of Mogadishu

Somali journalist who killed colleagues sentenced to death

Mar 03, 2016 - 10:51 PM

A Somali journalist who masterminded the assassination of five colleagues for the Al Qaeda linked Shebab is sentenced to death after confessing to their murders a court in the capital ruled

CONVICTED. Hassan Hanafi Haji, alleged senior commander of Somalia's Shebab Islamists, looks on as his sentence is read on March 3, 2016 at the courthouse in Mogadishu, in a case brought against him for the murder of journalists in the troubled capital. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

At least 30 killed in Somalia restaurant bombings

Feb 29, 2016 - 5:31 PM

Shebab Islamists claim responsibility for the deadly blasts at a crowded restaurant

People and soldiers search in the rubble of a destroyed building on 28 February, 2016 in Baidoa after twin explosions in the Somali city killed at least 30 people.  An initial car bomb struck a popular restaurant in a busy part of the regional capital on Sunday afternoon, with a suicide bomber nearby hitting people as they fled the area. The Al-Qaeda aligned Shebab jihadists claimed responsiblity for the attacks, saying local officials were targeted.  / AFP / -

Shebab claims bomb attack on Somalia plane

Feb 13, 2016 - 11:59 PM

Shebab says the attack was retribution for the crimes committed by the coalition of Western crusaders and their intelligence agencies against the Muslims of Somalia

GAPING HOLE. A picture made available February 5, 2016, shows a damaged passenger plane at the airport of Mogadishu, Somalia, February 2, 2016. Goobjog News/EPA

Somali, AU troops retake key port from Shebab – army, witnesses

Feb 06, 2016 - 7:37 PM

UPDATED Several Shebab fighters and one Somali soldier are killed in the clashes in the city of Merka says a Somali military official

Islamist Shebab fighters seize Somali port: governor

Feb 05, 2016 - 8:33 PM

The historic port captured in August 2012 by African Union troops is one of the first major towns the Shebab have seized back and it gives them access to a sea port again

At least 19 dead in Somalia Shebab restaurant attack – police

Jan 22, 2016 - 1:40 PM

UPDATED Authorities call it a barbaric and brutal attack against innocent civilians

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Kenya's Garissa university reopens 9 months after massacre

Jan 04, 2016 - 11:20 PM

University principal Ahmed Osman Warfa says most of the staff had reported for duty ahead of the new term and that around 60 students were expected to return on January 11

SAFE AND SOUND. One of the university students (C) who were rescued, is overwhelmed by grief as she speaks on phone inside a bus provided by the government as they wait to be transported home, from the Garissa military camp, in Garissa town, located near the border with Somalia, some 370km northeast of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 04 April 2015. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Donald Trump shrugs off jihadist video that uses his Muslim ban remarks

Jan 03, 2016 - 11:30 PM

What am I going to do? the US presidential candidate asks I have to say what I have to say

OUTRAGE. Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US has drawn criticism around the globe. File photo by EPA

4 killed in Somali shooting, car bombing

Dec 19, 2015 - 8:23 PM

UPDATED There is no immediate claim of responsibility but Somalia s Shebab insurgents have carried out a string of attacks in the capital

Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

Jul 29, 2015 - 11:08 AM

Obama says the rest of the world also needs to change its approach to Africa by boosting fair trade and not just providing aid handouts

TALKING TO AFRICA. US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015. Saul Loeb/AFP

Obama challenges Ethiopia on democracy but praises Shebab fight

Jul 28, 2015 - 9:44 AM

Rights groups have complained that Obama s visit to Addis Ababa could add credibility to a government they accuse of suppressing democratic rights

CHALLENGE TO ETHIOPIA. US President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (not pictured) at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 27, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Obama in Ethiopia, focus on South Sudan peace bid

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:13 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama heads to Ethiopia the first American president to visit Africa s second most populous nation and a key but much maligned ally in the fight against terrorism

OBAMA IN KENYA. US President Barack Obama smiles during the official opening of the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Somalia's Shebab kill at least 6 in Mogadishu hotel car bombing

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:35 AM

The suicide attack the latest in a string of bomb blasts and killings in the war torn Horn of Africa nation comes as US President Barack Obama left neighboring Kenya and headed to Ethiopia

GUTTED. Somali security officers gather around Jazeera Palace Hotel which was attacked by Islamist militant group Shebab in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 26, 2015. Said Yusuf Warsame/EPA

Obama says 'Africa on the move' in landmark Kenya visit

Jul 25, 2015 - 4:43 PM

People are being lifted out of poverty incomes are up the middle class is growing and young people like you are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business

WHILE IN KENYA. US President Barack Obama during a business summit on July 25, 2015, hails Africaa as 'one of the fastest growing regions in the world'. File photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

Obama in Kenya for security, human rights talks

Jul 25, 2015 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Excitement has been building in Kenya for weeks with the visit seen as a major boost for the east African nation s position as a regional hub

FIRST VISIT. US President Barack Obama waves after landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Suffocating security ahead of Obama's Kenya visit

Jul 23, 2015 - 12:49 PM

US and Kenyan officials are fixated on making sure Al Qaeda s Somali led affiliate the Shebab cannot violently disrupt the US presidential visit this week

WAITING FOR OBAMA. A handout photograph provided by the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism (MEAACT) on July 22, 2015 shows an artist holding a depiction of US President Barack Obama during the Pre-Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) Expo being held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, July 22, 2015, ahead of US President Barack Obama's much-anticipated visit to the east African nation this weekend. Stuart Price/MEACCT/Handout/EPA

Kenya massacre mall reopens in capital

Jul 18, 2015 - 6:51 PM

Despite memories of the siege some survivors say they feel safe entering the Westgate mall again

NEW BEGINNING. A general view in the Westgate shopping mall after it reopened on July 18. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Somalia's Shebab leader outlines plans for East Africa terror expansion

Jul 17, 2015 - 9:13 PM

The leader of Somalia s Al Qaeda affiliated Shebab rebels issues an Eid message calling for a wave of new recruits in order to lift the pain of Muslims across East Africa

MOURNING. A Kenyan woman uses her mobile phone as she attends a candlelight vigil held for the 148 people killed in an attack on Garissa University College in Garissa town, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 07 April 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa / EPA

Suspected Shebab kill 14 in northern Kenya attack

Jul 07, 2015 - 1:47 PM

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Somali led Shebab militants have carried out a string of attacks in the region highlighting the insecurity that plagues parts of the country

Kenya official assassinated by Shebab militia –police

Jun 21, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Kenyan security sources say the attack was likely carried out by the Al Qaeda affiliated Shebab which has drawn up an alleged hit list of local government officials who have spoken out against the group

SECURITY. Kenyan soldiers walk toward a mortuary to guard it from local residents trying to have a peek of the bodies of slain Shebab terror suspects at Garissa Level 5 Hospital in Garissa, Kenya, 04 April 2015. Stringer/EPA

Kenya officials suspended over university massacre

Apr 22, 2015 - 10:43 AM

The suspended officials are under investigation and will face formal criminal charges if evidence of negligence is uncovered

MOURNING. Kenya Red Cross team members light candles among crosses on the ground as they attend a candlelight vigil held for the 148 people killed in an attack on Garissa University College in Garissa town, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, April 8, 2015. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Somalia's Shebab kill local lawmaker

Apr 18, 2015 - 10:05 PM

The Al Qaeda affiliated Shebab rebels are fighting to overthrow Somalia s internationally backed government

'Garissa University massacre gunmen were Kenyans'

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:53 PM

The fact that all four are reported to be Kenyans highlights the Somali insurgents ability to recruit within Kenya

Kenya warned over closing world's biggest refugee camp

Apr 15, 2015 - 8:26 AM

The UNHCR is deeply concerned that abruptly closing Dadaab which houses 350 000 refugees and is considered the world s biggest camp and forcing refugees to return to Somalia could have dire consequences

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. A file photograph dated 17 June 2011 shows a general view of the self-settled area just outside of Dagahaley camp, one of three camps that make up sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Dadaab, northeastern Kenya. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Somali Shebab kill 15 in education ministry attack

Apr 14, 2015 - 8:19 PM

2nd UPDATE Somalia s Al Qaeda linked Shebab militants blast their way into the higher education ministry with a car bomb before storming the building killing at least 15 people

AFTERMATH. Somali security officers take a peek through a hole on the wall caused by explosion at a government builidng that was attacked by militants from Islamist group al-Shabab in Mogadishu, Somalia, 14 April 2015. Photo by Yusuf Warsame / EPA

Kenya freezes key money transfers to Somalia over suspected terrorist links

Apr 09, 2015 - 9:48 AM

But the freeze also includes money transfer companies that provide a crucial way for relatives to send remittances from abroad to war torn Somalia

A man displays 1,000 Kenyan shillings notes in Nairobi, Kenya, 03 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Kenya massacre and Western hypocrisy

Apr 08, 2015 - 12:44 PM

147 people were massacred and the world remained silent went on with their work and holy holidays No hashtags were called for No bigtime criticisms from secularists no unity walks from world leaders and a few distant prayers from the religious

Kenyans hold march for national security after massacre

Apr 07, 2015 - 10:41 AM

The march is scheduled ahead of a candlelit vigil on the final day of mourning for the 148 people killed by the militants

Kenyan Christians offer prayers for the 148 people killed in an attack on Garissa University College by Islamist militant group al-Shebab from Somalia, at an Anglican church in Garissa town, some 370km northeast of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 05 April 2015. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Kenya massacre, Marwan dead, boxing gloves | The wRap

Apr 06, 2015 - 7:34 PM

A Kenyan official’s son one of the Garissa attackers The Philippine National Police declares Marwan dead Pacquiao and Mayweather’s preferred boxing gloves

Kenya names law graduate as gunman in student massacre

Apr 05, 2015 - 7:37 PM

UPDATED Kenya enters the second of 3 days of national mourning on Monday April 6 for those killed in last week s massacre the vast majority of whom were students

Kenya rejects university massacre 'slow response' criticism

Apr 05, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Kenyan special forces took at least 7 hours to deploy at a university massacre in which almost 150 people were killed scathing reports say

SECURITY. Kenyan soldiers walk toward a mortuary to guard it from local residents trying to have a peek of the bodies of slain terror suspects at Garissa Level 5 Hospital in Garissa, Kenya, 04 April 2015. Stringer/EPA

Pope condemns indifference to jihadist atrocities against Christians

Apr 05, 2015 - 9:46 AM

The leader of the world s 1 2 billion Catholics brought up the extremist persecution of Christians as the holiest ceremonies of the Church calendar reaches a climax Easter Sunday

VIA CRUCIS. Pope Francis presides over the Way of the Cross torchlight procession on Good Friday in Rome, Italy, 03 April 2015. Angelo Carconi/EPA

Kenya vows retaliation against Shebab after university massacre

Apr 05, 2015 - 8:15 AM

President Uhuru Kenyatta declares 3 days of national mourning beginning Sunday April 5 calling for the killings to unite and not divide the country

SAFE AND SOUND. One of the university students (C) who were rescued, is overwhelmed by grief as she speaks on phone inside a bus provided by the government as they wait to be transported home, from the Garissa military camp, in Garissa town, located near the border with Somalia, some 370km northeast of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 04 April 2015. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Top Muslim body condemns Kenya massacre

Apr 05, 2015 - 6:24 AM

Al Azhar condemns the terrorist act committed by Somalia s Shebab terrorist group in the Kenyan university of Garissa the prestigious seat of Sunni Islamic learning says in a statement on its Facebook page

HUNDREDS KILLED. A survivor of the Garissa University attack (C) talks to fellow students, at the Garissa military camp, in Garissa town. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Survivor of Kenya massacre emerges after hiding in wardrobe

Apr 04, 2015 - 9:51 PM

The student is rescued 50 hours after the attack began

Five arrested after Kenya university massacre – interior ministry

Apr 04, 2015 - 5:45 PM

The interior ministry spokesman says 3 were arrested while trying to flee to Somalia while 2 were arrested within the precincts of Garissa University

PROTEST. Muslim residents of Garissa chant 'al-Shabab chini' (Down with al-Shabab) as they take to the street to protest against attack on the Garissa University College. Photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Somalia's Shebab warns Kenyan public of 'long, gruesome war'

Apr 04, 2015 - 3:39 PM

In a statement the group claims it will continue to avenge the deaths of thousands of Muslims killed at the hands of the Kenyan security forces

GRIEF. Some of the Garissa University students who were rescued, comfort each other at the Garissa military camp. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Shock, defiance in Kenya after university massacre

Apr 03, 2015 - 10:36 PM

UPDATED Shebab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage says the killings were in revenge for the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia

Somali Islamists kill 147 in Kenya university massacre

Apr 02, 2015 - 7:12 PM

2nd UPDATE A bounty is offered for the capture of a former Kenyan teacher believed to be in Somalia now and said to be the mastermind behind the Garissa attack

Gunmen kill 2 in dawn attack on Kenya university

Apr 02, 2015 - 2:04 PM

3rd UPDATE There is no immediate claim of responsibility yet but the town lies roughly 150 kilometers west of Somalia and has in the past been targeted by militants from the Al Qaeda linked Shebab

Death toll in Mogadishu hotel bomb attack rises to 14

Mar 28, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Somalia s ambassador to Switzerland was among the dead

DEADLY ATTACK. An injured man gestures at the scene of a car bomb attack and armed raid by Al Shebab militants on the Maka al Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu on March 27, 2015. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

Somalia's Shebab stages suicide attack in key central town

Mar 13, 2015 - 12:19 AM

Militants confirm they carried out the attack with the objective being to disrupt a security meeting between local authorities and Ethiopian troops

UN: Over 38,000 Somali children facing starvation

Jan 29, 2015 - 11:15 PM

Malnutrition rates remain stubbornly high says UN aid chief for Somalia Philippe Lazzarini highlighting a worrisome outlook for 2015

East Africa ministers meet in Somalia for peace push

Jan 10, 2015 - 6:38 PM

It is the first time the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development bloc has met in the war torn country for almost 3 decades

Senior Shebab official surrenders in Somalia – officials

Dec 27, 2014 - 10:19 PM

2ND UPDATE The militant is the subject of a 3 million bounty as part of the US State Department s Rewards for Justice program and officials say he surrendered in the Gedo region

3 AU soldiers, civilian killed in Shebab attack on base

Dec 25, 2014 - 9:47 PM

UPDATED The African Union force says all of its personnel as well as UN staff are unharmed disputing claims from a Shebab spokesman