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...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Planned troop cuts on the African continent will have no impact on counterterror operations in Libya and Somalia, where American airstrikes target insurgents, the top U.S....
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia is appealing for $1.3 billion from the international community to assist 8.3 million displaced due to ethnic conflict as well those vulnerable to climate...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A police officer in Somalia says a car bomb blast near a security checkpoint at the presidential palace in the capital killed at least two people.
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...
AP video journalist describes Somalia’s deadliest attack
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mohamed Sheikh Nor was relaxing and playing with his 10-month-old daughter when his home shook with the worst bombing Somalia's capital had ever seen.
"Then there was a huge blast," the video journalist for The Associated Press said Monday. "At first I thought it was directed at our house. We were covered in smoke and dust."
The explosion from a massive truck bomb on a crowded Mogadishu street ripped the roof off his house.
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 citizen charged in kidnapping of journalist in Somalia
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A U.S. citizen has been charged with kidnapping and other counts for his alleged role in the abduction of a freelance journalist who was held hostage in Somalia for nearly three...
Withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from Somalia begins
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official in Burundi says the withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from the African Union regional force in Somalia has begun.
Kenya recalls ambassador to Somalia over water rights clash
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A top Kenyan official says the country has recalled its ambassador to Somalia and told the Somali ambassador to leave over an alleged land grab by Somalia.
Foreign Affairs Principle Secretary Macharia Kamau said Saturday the recall is a consequence "of a most regretful and egregious decision by the government of Somalia to auction off oil and gas blocks in Kenya's maritime territorial area that borders Somalia."
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.
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New Zealander freed after arrest in Kenya, near Somalia
GARISSA, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court has freed a New Zealander held in police custody for several days on suspicion of links with extremism.
Sulub Warfaa, 36, spoke to journalists outside the court in Garissa, in northwestern Kenya.
"Just because I was born in Mogadishu does not mean that I am a terrorist," he said.
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.
2 killed, 5 wounded in blast at Mogadishu gas station
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The deputy mayor of Somalia's capital says two people were killed and five wounded in an explosion at a gas station.
Mohamed Tulah says the casualties in the Mogadishu blast are "far less than what everybody was expecting."
Tuesday's blast occurred near the ministry of petroleum. The deputy mayor says the car carried explosives that were meant to be detonated elsewhere but went off prematurely.
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.
3 from Michigan charged with planning to aid Islamic State
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say three Michigan residents have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group.
They say FBI agents arrested Muse Abdikadir Muse, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse and Mohamed Salat Haji on Monday, and prosecutors charged the Lansing residents in a complaint filed Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
Security Council regrets Somalia’s expulsion of UN envoy
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is expressing regret at Somalia's decision to expel a U.N. envoy who questioned the arrest of an extremist group defector-turned-political candidate.
The council issued a statement Saturday, a day after a closed-door discussion about Somalia's move to kick Nicholas Haysom out.
UN to send new envoy to Somalia after flap led to expulsion
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations plans to replace an envoy who was expelled from Somalia after questioning the arrest of a political candidate with an extremist history, the world body said Friday.
The announcement came after three days of diplomatic back-and-forth over Somalia's expulsion of Nicholas Haysom, a longtime U.N. official who has also served as envoy to Afghanistan, Sudan and South Sudan.
Somalia and ousted UN envoy face off at Security Council
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations envoy who was recently ordered to leave Somalia warned Thursday about its "political turbulence," while its U.N. ambassador admonished the world body to stay out of his country's internal affairs.
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.
Somali death toll rises to 26 from weekend blasts in capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The death toll rose to 26 from Saturday's twin bombings in Somalia's capital, police and hospital sources said Monday.
The number rose because several victims of the suicide car blast near the rear entrance of the presidential palace died in hospitals in Mogadishu, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein. The toll could rise further as several of the 20 wounded have serious injuries, hospital sources confirmed.
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.
US says new airstrike in Somalia kills 8 al-Shabab fighters
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military says it has killed eight members of the al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike south of Somalia's capital.
The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred on Saturday near Gandarshe, a coastal community. The statement says no civilians were involved.
Somalia uproar continues after former al-Shabab No. 2 seized
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia saw a third day of protests on Saturday over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. Officials said at least eight people have been killed so far as angry supporters take to the streets and clash with police.