Apr 2, 2015

At least 15 dead as al-Shabab gunmen attack university in Kenya

Al-Shabab gunmen attacked a college in northeast Kenya early Thursday, targeting Christians and killing at least 15 people and wounding 60 others, witnesses said. The president said it is now a hostage situation. Even as security forces cornered the gunmen in a dormitory at ...

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. drone kills Somali militant linked to Kenya mall attack

A drone strike in Somalia last week killed a senior al-Shabab figure linked to the notorious 2013 attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, the U.S. military said Wednesday. The U.S. drone raid on March 12 struck a vehicle carrying Adan Garar, who was ...

North Kenya official says security situation 'hopeless'

Mar 17, 2015

North Kenya official says security situation 'hopeless'

The governor of northern Kenya’s Mandera county on Monday attacked what he called a “hopeless” security situation due to a wave of cross-border attacks by Somalia’s al-Shabab militants. Speaking in the capital Nairobi, Ali Roba said he had survived six attempts on his life ...

Homeland security chief worried about al Shabaab threat to U.S. malls

Feb 23, 2015

Homeland security chief worried about al Shabaab threat to U.S. malls

The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously a threat made by Somali-based Islamist militants against shopping malls, including the Mall of America in Minnesota, and urged people going there to be careful. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to ...

U.K. holds first trial over female genital mutilation

Jan 20, 2015

U.K. holds first trial over female genital mutilation

A London doctor went on trial on Monday for carrying out female genital mutilation in only the first such case to be prosecuted in Britain despite pressure from campaigners. Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, is accused of performing an FGM procedure on a woman who gave ...

Dec 30, 2014

Pentagon: Airstrike targeted a terror leader in Somalia

A U.S. airstrike in Somalia targeted a senior leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, the Pentagon said Monday. It did not identify the leader or say whether the strike was successful. A senior defense official said the strike did not target Ahmad Umar, who ...

Dec 28, 2014

Extremist al-Shabab leader surrenders in Somalia

A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted ...

Dec 26, 2014

Al-Shabab militants attack AU Somalia base; at least five dead

Gunmen attacked the African Union’s main base in Mogadishu on Thursday, leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that left at least five militants dead, an official with the mission in Somalia said. Somali extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the ...