Somalia
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Somalia sentences truck bombing suspect to death

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/06/18, 10:43 am

A military court in Somalia on Tuesday sentenced a man to death for the October bombing that killed more than 500 people in Mogadishu, the country’s capital. Gen. Hassan Ali Shute, chief of the military court, found Hassan Aden Isak guilty of coordinating the truck bombing, the deadliest terror attack in the Somalia’s history. The 23-year-old denied any involvement in the attack during the trial. The court also sentenced another terror suspect, Abduallhi Ibrahim, to life in prison in absentia for belonging to extremist group al-Shabaab.

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U.S. airstrike kills 13 militants in Somalia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/27/17, 09:54 am

A U.S. airstrike over the weekend in Somalia killed 13 members of the al-Shabaab extremist group, the U.S. military reported Wednesday. The U.S. Africa Command confirmed in a statement the Christmas Eve airstrike took place in southern Somalia. “U.S. forces will continue to protect the United States, its partners and interests, and deny safe haven to terrorist groups,” the statement read. The United States this year executed 34 drone strikes during increased military action against the terror group. Al-Shabaab continues to carry out sporadic attacks throughout the country.

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Islamic State in Somalia calls for holiday attacks in video

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/26/17, 10:43 am

Fighters affiliated with Islamic State (ISIS) in Somalia called for heightened attacks over the Christmas holiday in the group’s first video, according to an extremist monitoring organization. The video posted online Monday called on the group’s supporters to “hunt down” unbelievers during the holiday season in churches and at markets. The SITE Intelligence Group said the video encouraged lone wolf attacks, regardless of the presence of children. The ISIS-affiliated fighters are based in Somalia’s northern rural Puntland state.

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