Somalia
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U.S. launches airstrike on al-Shabaab in Somalia

Somalia | Air support helps Somali forces fight terrorists
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/28/16, 11:16 am

The U.S. Africa Command said it killed four al-Shabaab extremists, including a former commander, in self-defense airstrikes, according to a statement released Tuesday.

The U.S. military unit said al-Shabaab extremists on Monday attacked Somali troops and some U.S. advisers outside the port city of Kismayo. Somali forces returned fire, killing several of the militants. The United States intervened when the attack continued.

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Associated Press/Photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh

Al-Shabaab violence, drought amplify Somali hunger crisis

Terrorism | More than 40 percent of the country needs food aid, according to a UN report
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/21/16, 10:17 am

Five million Somalis need food, with children at the greatest risk of malnutrition, the United Nations said in a report released yesterday. The data comes amid ongoing famine conditions and continuous attacks from Somali-based extremist group al-Shabaab.

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Al-Shabaab kills senior Somali military official

Terrorism | Analysts warn terror attacks could increase ahead of country’s elections
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/19/16, 12:23 pm

A car bomb blast on Sunday killed a Somali military general and five of his bodyguards in the capital, Mogadishu, security officials confirmed.

Gen. Mohamed Roble Jimale Gobanle and his convoy had just left the military hospital and were heading toward the defense ministry when the suicide bomber detonated the explosive-filled car next to the general’s car, Captain Ali Nur said.

“The blast was very huge,” witness Abdi Hassan told Al Jazeera. “I saw smoke and fire overshadowing the whole area.”

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