The Somali-based branch of Al Qaeda has sharpened its focus on East African countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Sudan, recruiting hundreds if not thousands of fighters.
Nine people were wounded in the attack, claimed by Al Shabab militant group, near a restaurant in central Mogadishu, police say.
Gunmen battled security forces in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday morning, hours after insurgents launched a car bomb attack in a busy street that left at least 29 dead, police said.
With frequent statements in the press about the success of airstrikes against ‘militants’ in Somalia and other countries, how much do we really know about who these victims are?
A US Africa Command statement says the air strikes occurred in the vicinity of Gandarshe, Lower Shabelle region.
Mukhtar Robow, a former Al Shabab deputy commander has raised questions in Somalia about what to do with former militants and if they have a future in politics.
US Africa Command said the air strike near Jilib in Middle Juba region against Al Shabab militants followed an attack on Somali forces.
Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet says six more bodies were found at the luxury hotel targeted by Al Shabab, the militant group that says the attack was in retaliation to US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The attack on a hotel complex in Kenyan capital Nairobi is not an isolated event but rather the latest episode in the continuation of the war between Kenya and Al Shabab.
A huge blast followed by a gun battle rocked an upmarket hotel and office complex in Nairobi in an attack claimed by Somali group Al Shabab. Officials gave no figures on the dead and wounded.
Declaring Nicholas Haysom 'persona non grata' might prove costly for the Federal Somali Government.
Double car bomb attack, claimed by al Qaeda-linked group Al Shabab, took place near presidential palace in capital Mogadishu, officials say.
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