Somalia
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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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Suicide bomber kills 17 at Somali police academy

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/14/17, 10:36 am

A suicide bomber on Thursday killed at least 17 people at a Somali police academy after disguising himself as an officer to access the premises. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the suicide bomber, who strapped explosives around his waist and torso, dressed as a police officer and walked into the Gen. Kahiye Police Academy in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. He detonated the explosives after joining a long line of officers during a rehearsal parade for Police Day celebrations next week. Col. Mohamud Aden said another 20 officers sustained injuries, some more serious than others.

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