MOGADISHU, Somalia — The U.S. military on Friday confirmed it killed a high-level commander of the al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike in Somalia over the weekend, targeting a man blamed for planning deadly attacks in the capital of the Horn of Africa nation.
President Donald Trump earlier this year approved expanded military operations against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, including more aggressive airstrikes and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities. Al-Shabab is the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.
A U.S. Africa Command statement said the strike on July 30 killed Ali Mohamed Hussein, also known as Ali Jabal. He is the highest-level al-Shabab commander killed this year.
Somali authorities have arrested seven head teachers who they accuse of meeting al-Shabab militants.
They are said to have discussed changing the curriculum at private schools to favour the Islamist group’s ideology.
Each of the principals is responsible for around 1,000 students, ranging in age from seven to 15.
Al-Shabab has been waging a war against Somalia’s federal government for the last 10 years.
Al-Shabaab extremists from neighbouring Somalia beheaded nine civilians in an attack on a village in Kenya, officials said, adding to growing concerns that the Islamist militant group has taken up a new strategy.
The attack occurred on Saturday in the village of Jima, south-east Kenya, said James Ole Serian, who leads a task force of security agencies combating al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaida.
Al-Shabaab issued a lengthy slam against a report that the group decried as fake news, laying out a Sharia case against using anonymous sourcing and trying to shore up their defense with a list of terror leaders who think they’re great.
The terror group is taking issue with “Why My Wife and I Left Shabab in Somalia,” a two-part Skype interview featuring two Europeans, unnamed and with their faces covered and voices altered, who described life with the terror group and their imprisonment upon attempting to flee Al-Shabaab. The interviews were posted by New Yorker Bilal Abdul Kareem, who runs a video channel called On the Ground News.
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Heavily armed al-Shabab extremists have stormed a military base in Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing close to 70 people and wounding dozens more, officials said Thursday. Residents said civilians, including women, were beheaded during the rampage.
Officials called it the region’s deadliest attack in years, highlighting the twin challenges facing security forces from the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab and the growing presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group.
Good to see that al-Shabab has been defeated and is on the run.
(ANSA) – Bari, May 10 – Police on Wednesday arrested several Somali nationals in the southern cities of Bari, Catania and Salerno suspected of being human traffickers, sources said. They are suspected of bringing people into Italy illegally and then getting them into other countries. Some members of the alleged criminal organization allegedly used Facebook and other social media to contact people considered pro-jihad and close to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab.
A US soldier has been killed in Somalia during operations against al-Shabab militants, the American military says.
Two other US servicemen were reportedly injured in Thursday’s incident 40 miles (64km) west of the capital Mogadishu, near the town of Barii.
American forces were on an “advise and assist” mission with the Somali National Army, the US military said.
The “moms” say they were just helping out some freedom fighters abroad, they’re not really terrorists. The prosecution disagrees:
‘Blessings’ that killed dozens
Federal prosecutors say the women’s claims of higher ideals are undercut by statements they made praising terrorist attacks, including the Boston Marathon bombing.
“The defendants are fervid followers of al-Shabaab ‘clerics’ who exhort their devotees to kill ‘infidels’ – not only abroad, but in the United States as well,” said Gillis, the federal prosecutor.
“It is not hyperbolic to characterize these defendants as vicious, unregenerate, and, until their arrest, active supports of a terrorist organization responsible for the slaughter of innocents simply because the victims’ religious beliefs differed from their own,” he continued in court papers.
In the September 2013, Dhirane was elated on learning al-Shabaab attack on a Nairobi mall that saw about 63 victims killed, children as young as 2 among them.
“How happy I was,” Dhirane laughingly told one associate. “We were on the clouds. We almost flew. We almost flew.”
In another 2013 instance, Dhirane spoke kindly of the Boston Marathon bombing and an al-Shabaab attack on a Somali courthouse that left dozens dead. The attacks, she said, were “blessings.”
AL SHABAAB militants in Somalia publicly beheaded four men accused of spying for the country’s Western-backed government, the United States and neighbouring Kenya, residents in the south of the Horn of Africa country said.
The good news is that Somalia was on President Trump’s stayed immigration ban.
Islamic terrorists beheaded eight Somali village elders and killed at least seven other people during fighting spurred by a dispute over payment of an Islamic tax, a villager and a local official said today.
At least 12 people have been killed in an attack in Kenya carried out by Somalia-based militant Islamist group al-Shabab.
Police in the Kenyan border town of Mandera said the attackers used explosives during the overnight attack.
The target was a guesthouse hosting members of a theatre group who were in the town for performances in schools.
It is the latest in a spate of deadly attacks targeting Christians in the mainly Muslim region.
The massive blast ripped through a guest house in the Mandera region of Kenya in a raid claimed by Islamist al Shabab militants.
In a statement after the attack, the group said it was specifically targetting non-Muslims.
Kenyan police have arrested a British man and two Somali women on suspicion of recruiting for Somalia’s Islamist Shabaab militants.
The man, named as Tom James, 32, works for M&C Saatchi and his previous projects include counter-terrorism projects in Somalia .
A huge team of armed officers swooped on his home in the affluent Nairobi suburb of Gigri on Tuesday.
Militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it has killed six Christians in north-eastern Kenya in an attack aimed at forcing them out of the region.
The grenade and gun attack was launched on a residential block in Mandera town when people were sleeping, police said.
It was the latest in a spate of deadly attacks targeting Christians in the mainly Muslim region.
In December 2014, al-Shabab killed 38 non-Muslims at a quarry after separating them from Muslim workers.
A few months earlier, 28 people were killed after Muslim passengers were split up from the other passengers.
A car bomb has exploded near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing at least 22 soldiers and civilians, officials say.
The blast, which has been claimed by the militant group Al-Shabaab, partly destroyed two nearby hotels.
Somali Officials Hold Security Conference, Al-Qaida Bombs It