Suicide car bomb kills at least 9 in Somalia’s capital
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Islamic extremists exploded a suicide car bomb near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Wednesday, killing at least nine people, including former Foreign Minister...
UN chief: Somalia making progress but must tackle extremism
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Somalia is making progress toward building a functioning state but must still tackle violent extremism, terrorism, armed conflict, political instability and corruption, the...
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A police officer says a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of a district headquarters in Somalia's capital, killing at least three...
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court has found British national Jermaine Grant guilty of possessing bomb-making materials.
Sentencing will be on May 9. Grant is already serving a nine-year...
Suspected Islamic extremists abduct 2 Cuban doctors in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Suspected Islamist militants abducted two Cuban doctors in an ambush that killed a police bodyguard in northern Kenya near the Somali border, officials said Friday.
US military review reveals civilian deaths in Somalia strike
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks after insisting that American airstrikes in Somalia had killed no civilians, U.S. Africa Command said Friday that new information reveals that a woman and a child died...
Al-Shabab says it executed 4 accused spies in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's al-Shabab Islamic extremist group says it has executed four men accused of spying for the British, Djibouti and Somali intelligence agencies.
UN document shows Kenya seeking to close Somali refugee camp
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An internal United Nations document says Kenya again seeks to close the Dadaab camp that hosts more than 200,000 refugees from neighboring Somalia and is one of the largest...
16 dead after blast outside restaurant in Somalia’s capital
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An explosives-laden vehicle detonated outside a busy restaurant in Somalia's capital, killing at least 16 people, police said Thursday.
The Latest: Death toll in Mogadishu car bombing up to 16
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on explosion in Somalia's capital (all times local):
Police say the death toll in a car bombing in Somalia's capital has risen to 16, while...
Extremists attack Somalia govt office, minister among 5 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen set off a suicide car bombing and then stormed a government building in Somalia's capital Saturday, killing at least five people including the country's deputy...
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Latest on an extremist attack in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu (all times local):
A Somali police officer says security forces have ended a...
US military, aid group at odds over Somalia civilian deaths
WASHINGTON (AP) — There is credible evidence that U.S. military airstrikes in Somalia have killed or wounded nearly two dozen civilians, an international human rights group said Tuesday, charging...
Minnesota probe finds no proof stolen money aided terrorists
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor said Wednesday that an investigation found no proof that money defrauded from a state child care program found its way to terrorist...
Deadly siege in Somalia’s capital ends, attackers killed
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A nearly day-long siege in the heart of Somalia's capital ended with all of the al-Shabab extremist attackers killed, police said Friday, as the death toll was at 24 and...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States military on Friday said it had killed 26 fighters with the al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike in central Somalia, after a pair of strikes earlier...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on extremist attack in Somalia's capital (all times local):
Police in Somalia's capital say a nearly day-long siege in the heart of Mogadishu...
US military says airstrike kills 20 al-Shabab in Somalia
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military says it has killed 20 fighters from the al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike in central Somalia, a day after another airstrike in the area...
US airstrike in Somalia kills 35 al-Shabab extremists
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military said Monday that its latest airstrike in Somalia killed 35 fighters with the al-Shabab extremist group not far from the Ethiopian border.
US says 4 airstrikes in Somalia kill 2 al-Shabab fighters
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military says it has killed two al-Shabab extremists in four airstrikes in Somalia.
The attacks eliminated checkpoints and facilities used by al-Shabaab...
Police: Somali lawmaker shot dead in Mogadishu
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A police officer in Somalia says Islamic extremist gunmen shot dead a prominent lawmaker in the north of the capital, Mogadishu, late Saturday.
US says new airstrike in Somalia kills 8 al-Shabab fighters
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military says it has killed eight al-Shabab extremists with an airstrike in southern Somalia.
A U.S. Africa Command statement says Friday's strike hit near Kobon, not far from the port city of Kismayo.
The U.S. says Kobon has been used to stage attacks against Somali forces. Its statement says no civilians were killed in the airstrike.
15 al-Shabab extremists killed in US airstrikes in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States military says targeted airstrikes against suspected extremists in Somalia have killed 15 fighters.
A U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrikes occurred in the vicinity of Gandarshe, Lower Shabelle region, on Wednesday and in the vicinity of Bariire in the same region on Thursday.
The airstrikes killed 11 and four people, respectively, after Somali troops engaged the extremists. The statement says no civilians were harmed.
Al-Shabab says it killed Dubai port official in Somalia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Al-Shabab militants shot and killed a Maltese man Monday who worked for a Dubai government-owned port operator in Somalia, authorities said.
Deadly car bomb blast in Somalia’s capital, say police
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's homegrown extremist rebels, al-Shabab, have claimed responsibility for a car bomb explosion on Monday that killed at least seven people in Somalia's capital.
Al-Shabab said its website that the attack was aimed at a gathering of government officials and security and intelligence personnel.
US says airstrike in Somalia kills 13 al-Shabab extremists
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military says it has killed 13 members of the al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike 30 miles (48 kilometers) outside Somalia's capital.
A U.S. Africa Command statement says Friday's strike occurred near Gandarshe in Lower Shabelle region. The statement says the al-Qaida-linked fighters have used Gandarshe as a staging area for bombings in the capital, Mogadishu.
US says airstrike kills 24 al-Shabab extremists in Somalia
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military said Thursday it has killed 24 al-Shabab extremists with an airstrike in Somalia, one of its deadliest in months.
The airstrike was carried out on Wednesday near an extremist camp near Shebeeley in the central Hiran region north of the capital, Mogadishu, the U.S. Africa Command said in a statement.
Kenya says New Zealander arrested in crackdown on extremism
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's interior minister says a man with two New Zealand passports is among 10 people arrested over suspected links with extremism.
Fred Matiangi said Thursday the suspects were detained in a crackdown earlier this week on alleged extremists at the Dadaab refugee camp, which hosts at least 200,000 Somali refugees.
US no longer announcing deaths, damage in Somalia airstrikes
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out two new airstrikes in Somalia against the al-Shabab extremist group but will no longer give details on fighters killed or damage done.
A U.S. Africa Command spokesman says those details are now up to Somalia's government to share. The spokesman later said one extremist was killed.
Last moments of Kenya attack victims revealed at memorial
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hiding from gunmen in an office building, a group of people heard gunshots getting louder and the clatter of a weapon being run along the metal banister of a staircase, according to a survivor of an Islamic extremist attack in Kenya last week. Then a gunman opened the door of the room where the workers huddled, said he was with al-Shabab and began shooting.
Kenyan court orders 4 more attack suspects to be held
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Four people suspected of helping Islamic extremists attack a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital last week have appeared in court.
A judge in Nairobi on Monday ordered three of the suspects to be held for up to 30 days, and a fourth for up to 10 days, as authorities investigate possible links to the deadly attack in Nairobi.
Another six suspects, including a Canadian national, appeared in court on Friday in connection with the investigation.
Kenyan police say attack on Chinese facilities is repelled
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say gunmen opened fire on Chinese construction facilities in an eastern area, days after Islamic extremists claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in Nairobi.
National police chief Joseph Boinnet says security forces fought off the attackers at Shimbirey near Garissa town on Sunday. There are no reports of casualties.
US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabab extremists
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military on Saturday said it had carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia in months, killing 52 al-Shabab extremists after a "large group" mounted an attack on Somali forces.
The U.S. Africa Command said the airstrike occurred near Jilib in Middle Juba region. There were no reports of Americans killed or wounded.
Ethiopia readies ‘massive offensive’ on al-Shabab in Somalia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian National Defense Force on Saturday confirmed an ambush by al-Shabab extremists on an Ethiopian peacekeeping convoy in neighboring Somalia and said Ethiopian forces are preparing a "massive offensive" in response.
The statement rejected an al-Shabab claim that several Ethiopian troops were killed.
Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Canadian national and five other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offenses.
A judge ordered five of the suspects held for 30 days while authorities look into the assault on the dusitD2 hotel complex that was carried out by al-Shabab, a group that is linked to al-Qaida and based in neighboring Somalia.
Death toll in Nairobi attack climbs to 21, plus 5 attackers
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The death toll from an extremist attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi climbed to 21, plus the five militants killed, police said Wednesday in the aftermath of the brazen overnight siege by al-Shabab gunmen. Two people accused of facilitating the attack were arrested.
The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Kenya attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local):
The U.N. Security Council condemns the attack in Nairobi "in the strongest possible terms" and calls for the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors to be brought to justice.
A statement Wednesday by the U.N.'s most powerful body reiterates that "any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation."
AP Explains: Who are al-Shabab attackers of Kenya hotel?
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The overnight attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi that left 14 dead was quickly claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which has targeted Kenya with several devastating assaults in recent years, leaving hundreds dead. Here's a look at the group which has been called the deadliest in Africa:
Al-Shabab extremists claim deadly attack on Nairobi hotel
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital on Tuesday, setting off thunderous explosions and gunning down people at cafe tables in an attack claimed by Africa's deadliest Islamic militant group. A police officer said at least 15 people had died.
"It is terrible. What I have seen is terrible," said Charles Njenga, who ran from a scene of blood, broken glass, burning vehicles and pillars of black smoke.
In Nairobi al-Shabab claims role in deadly attack
A look at large-scale extremist attacks in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Here is a look at large-scale extremist attacks in Kenya over the years:
WESTGATE MALL, SEPT. 2013
Al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Nairobi, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead. The assault on a sunny weekend afternoon horrified the world and exposed weaknesses in Kenya's security forces after it took them hours to respond.
US says airstrike in Somalia kills 6 al-Shabab extremists
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military says it has carried out an airstrike in southern Somalia that killed six al-Shabab extremists.
The U.S. Africa Command statement on Wednesday says Tuesday's airstrike targeted an al-Shabab camp near Yaaq Braawe in the Bay region.
Two strikes on Monday near Baqdaad killed four al-Shabab members, and one on Sunday killed six al-Shabab members near Dheerow Sanle in Lower Shabelle region.
US says airstrikes in Somalia kill 4 al-Shabab extremists
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States military says it has carried out two airstrikes in Somalia that killed four al-Shabab extremists.
The U.S. Africa Command statement on Tuesday says Monday's airstrikes were in the vicinity of Baqdaad after the military's Somali partners "were engaged by al-Shabab militants." It does not say whether any of the partners were killed.
Another U.S. airstrike on Sunday killed six al-Shabab members near Dheerow Sanle in Lower Shabelle region.
US airstrike in Somalia kills 10 al-Shabab extremists
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in southwestern Somalia that killed 10 members of the al-Shabab extremist group.
The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred Wednesday near Dheerow Sanle to "diminish al-Shabab's freedom of movement and to increase pressure on the terrorist network."
The statement says no civilians were injured or killed.
Somalia declares UN envoy persona non grata
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's government has ordered the United Nations envoy to the country to leave, amid questions over the arrest of the al-Shabab extremist group's former deputy leader who had run for a regional presidency.
A foreign ministry statement late Tuesday accuses Nicholas Haysom of diplomatic overreach that violated the Horn of Africa nation's sovereignty, declaring him "persona non grata." He arrived as envoy a few months ago.
Somalia blast kills at least 16 near presidential palace
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An explosives-packed vehicle detonated at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential palace, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 20 others, police said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for the attack.
US self-defense airstrikes in Somalia kill 11 al-Shabab
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military says it has killed 11 al-Shabab extremists with a pair of airstrikes outside Somalia's capital.
The U.S. Africa Command statement says Wednesday's airstrikes were in self-defense after al-Shabab fighters attacked forces with the Somali military and the African Union peacekeeping mission.
The statement says U.S. personnel were present "in an advisory capacity" and that no U.S., Somali or AU member was harmed.
US airstrikes in Somalia on the rise
WASHINGTON (AP) — A spate of American airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Somalia is the latest in a dramatic uptick in U.S. attacks in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump took office.
US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Six U.S. airstrikes that killed more than 60 people in a coastal Somali town were pre-emptive strikes to prevent a major extremist attack, according to a Somali intelligence officer.
The U.S. military said Monday it carried out four strikes on Dec. 15 in which 34 people were killed and two more on Dec. 16 which killed 28. The air attacks targeted Gandarshe, south of the capital, Mogadishu, it said.
No civilians were injured or killed in the attacks, it said.
Somalia closes notorious prison amid abuse allegations
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister said Sunday.
Ahmed Abukar said that Godka Jilaow prison, which held hundreds of prisoners including suspected al-Shabab fighters, would be turned into a technical school. Prisoners would be transferred elsewhere, he said.