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Al-Shabaab militants kill Somali legislators over 'invasion of Christians'

by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 4/28/14, 02:07 pm

Islamic extremists with al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for last week’s killing of two Somali legislators who had voted to accept financial support from the West. The al-Qaeda-linked group threatened to continue the violence. 

In a radio broadcast, al-Shabaab representatives said the group was behind the two gunmen who shot and killed Abdiaziz Isaq Mursal as he stepped out of his home April 22. They ambushed him in the Madina district of Mogadishu, according to senior police officer Ali Hassan. 

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Jonathan Alpeyrie

Overcoming the headlines

Somalia | The Somali-American community in Minneapolis—one of the largest in the West—takes on militancy and bad news from Somalia, even as terrorists work to recruit immigrants from afar
by Dorothée Moisan
Posted 2/21/14, 01:00 am

MINNEAPOLIS—Minneapolis is home to over 18,000 Somalis, according to 2010 U.S. Census data (and Minnesota has up to 120,000 residents of Somali descent, according to FBI estimates)—making it one of the largest Somali immigrant communities in the West. The group’s influence is growing: Last year Somali-born Abdi Warsame won election to the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first Somali-American to hold office in the United States in this city of about 393,000. 

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Globe Trot: SEALs win one, lose one in weekend raids in Africa

by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/07/13, 11:27 am

LIBYA: A top al-Qaeda leader wanted for his role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa—and central to building al-Qaeda in Libya and North Africa—was captured in a raid in Tripoli by U.S. Navy SEALs, working with the CIA and FBI. Abu Anas al Libi is being held aboard a U.S. Navy ship.

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