Sep 15, 2014

Uganda seizes explosives, suicide vests from suspected al-Shabaab cell

Police in Kampala seized “substantial amounts of explosives” and suicide vests in raids on a suspected al-Shabaab cell that was planning an imminent attack, a Ugandan official said in an interview on Sunday. Police arrested 19 people in the operation on Saturday, and Information ...

U.S. confirms al-Shabab chief Godane killed in Somalia attack

Sep 6, 2014

U.S. confirms al-Shabab chief Godane killed in Somalia attack

The United States said Friday it has killed the chief of al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants in a bombing raid in Somalia, touting it as a model for an assault on Islamic State jihadists. The Pentagon confirmed that Ahmed Abdi Godane perished in Monday’s attack in ...

U.S. military attacks al-Shabab in Somalia

Sep 2, 2014

U.S. military attacks al-Shabab in Somalia

U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group’s leader. Al-Shabab had attacked the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 ...

Al Shabab attacks Somali parliament, killing at least 10

May 25, 2014

Al Shabab attacks Somali parliament, killing at least 10

Al-Shabab militants stormed Somalia’s parliament on Saturday, killing at least 10 security officers in a bomb and gun assault that the United States condemned as a “heinous act of terrorism.” The attack started with a car bomb at a gate to the heavily fortified ...

'Gleam of hope' in strife-torn Somalia

Apr 2, 2014

'Gleam of hope' in strife-torn Somalia

by Mizuho Aoki

While some African countries have made huge strides in terms of peace and security, others are still struggling to find their footing, a U.N. official who monitors development in the region said. Ayaka Suzuki, 42, deputy director of the Africa I Division of the ...

Feb 15, 2014

Somalia diverts arms to clans: U.N.

U.N. monitors have found evidence that arms shipments to the Somali government have been diverted to clan militias and in one case were destined for an al-Shabab rebel commander. A confidential report by the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group, seen Friday, found “high-level and ...

Nov 13, 2013

Ships can carry armed guards against pirates

The Diet enacted a bill Wednesday that allows security guards to carry rifles aboard Japan-registered vessels to counter piracy off Somalia and elsewhere. The legislation, passed with support from both the ruling and opposition camps, is the first in Japan to authorize private citizens ...

Oct 29, 2013

Top Somalia al-Shabab militant killed in drone strike

A top suicide bomb maker for Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels has been killed in a drone strike, government officials said Tuesday after the latest attack by U.S. forces against the al-Qaida-linked group. Residents near the site of the strike in southern Somalia reported at least ...