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Swiss Police Arrest Ethiopian Imam for Calling for the Killing of Muslims who Didn’t Pray at His Mosque

Source: Associated Press Swiss police raided a mosque in a northern city on Wednesday, detaining eight people including an Ethiopian imam who allegedly called for the killing of Muslims who refused to participate in prayers, the state prosecutor’s office said. Read more ›

Ethiopia Denies Withdrawing its Troops From Somalia Over Amhara and Oromo Protests

Islamic insurgency group al-Shabab has taken over a strategic town in war-torn Somalia on Wednesday after Ethiopian troops withdrew from their positions on Wednesday. Ethiopia, which has contributed thousands of troops to the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISON) in Somalia, Read more ›

Somali Migrant in Critical Condition After Setting Herself Ablaze in Protest in Australian Detention Center

A 21-year-old Somali migrant to Australia, identified as Hadon Yasin, is recovering from burns after she set herself on fire on Tuesday in an apparent protest against the living conditions in a migrant detention center in the island of Nauru. Read more ›

Kenya Denies Imminent Airborne Terror Attacks After Leaked Intelligence Memo Warning Goes Viral

Kenya’s Aviation Authority (KAA) on Monday dismissed claims of imminent terror attacks targeting major airports in the country after a leaked intelligence memo, warning airport managers of impending airborne al-Shabab suicide bombings, went viral. The intelligence memo was released by Read more ›

Blast in Somalia Commercial Plane Bores Hole in Fuselage, Killing One Passenger

Somali aviation authorities are investigating the cause of a blast that tore a hole in a passenger plane moments after it took off from Mogadishu’s international airport on Tuesday. The incident, which left one passenger injured and another dead, happened Read more ›

Kenya Denies Withdrawing Troops from Somalia, Reaffirms Commitment to Defeat al-Shabab

Kenya has reiterated its support for the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) amid reports that Kenyan troops are withdrawing from some towns in the war-thorn country. Colonel David Obonyo, Kenyan military spokesman, confirmed the movement of troops. However, Read more ›

Thousands of Ethiopian and Somali Migrants Head to War-Torn Yemen Despite Dangers

Thousands of Ethiopian and Somali migrants continue traveling to Yemen via rickety boats despite the ongoing conflict in the country. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned of the dangers migrants face on the Read more ›

al-Shabaab Features Donald Trump in Terror Recruitment Video

Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has released a 51-minute recruitment video featuring controversial statements by US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The video, which was reportedly released online on Saturday, targets Muslims and African-American youths. The recruitment documentary focuses on Read more ›

Muslims Protect Christian Passengers at Gunpoint in Kenya Bus Terrorist Attack

An ambush on a bus traveling through Kenya‘s northeast border with Somalia by gunmen suspected to be al-Shabab militants is making headlines around world. The gory of the attack is not the focus, rather a rare and daring display of Read more ›

Kenyan Military Denies Financing al-Shabab through Sugar and Charcoal Smuggling

The Kenyan military has allegedly been smuggling sugar and charcoal from Somalia since 2011 when it invaded the war-thorn country to fight militant Islamist group, al-Shabab. The racketeering ring, which involves high-ranking members of the army, is said to be Read more ›

700 Kenyans Resign from al-Shabaab, Return Home for Amnesty

NAIROBI – About 700 Kenyans, who joined al-Shabaab and a faction of the Islamic State in neighboring Somalia, have defected and returned home, according to a recent government survey. The Socio-economic and Survey Kenya was published this week by the Read more ›

Bashir Makhtal: Canadian Citizen Detained in Addis Ababa for 9 Years to be Transferred to Ottawa Prison

ASMARA – A Canadian citizen, who has been imprisoned in Ethiopia for nearly 10 years, may soon be extradited to North America after officials in Ottawa signed off a request for his transfer. The request for Bashir Makhtal’s transfer has Read more ›

US drones target al-Shabab leader in Somalia

-Associated Press- (Mogadishu)-US military forces have attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group’s fugitive leader. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said the Read more ›

African leaders in Kenya for AU Security Summit

BERNAMA-NNN-PANA (Nairobi)  – Today six Presidents are  meeting in Kenya for the one-day African Union (AU) Peace and Security summit on terrorism. The Presidents of Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, Burundi’s Vice President as well as the Prime Read more ›

Djbouti: Connecting Africa to the World

By K.O. Peppeh IDGCONNECT ( Djibouti City)- Djibouti is one of the least prominent nations in Africa today, but this relatively small country nonetheless continues to play a gigantic role in the development of the continent’s ICT capacity. Strategically situated by Read more ›

Ethiopia becomes the largest refugee host in Africa

The Star (Addis Ababa) – Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, the UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday. Speaking during a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards Read more ›

Kenya: Terrorists kill 20 in another raid in Lamu County

About 20 people have been killed during an attack on two villages in Lamu County on Monday night. The raid on Poromoko and Mapenya came about 24-hours after a headline-grabbing attack on Mpeketoni in the same county; which claimed up Read more ›

Kenya: 48 killed in audacious terrorist attack in Mpeketoni

A brazen terrorist raid on a town in the same county as one of the most popular locations among holiday-makers in Mombasa, has left at least 48 people dead, according to the police. The death toll was revised on Monday Read more ›

Dozens of al Shabab militants killed in clashes near Ethiopia-Somalia border

Ethiopian and Somali forces have reportedly killed about 74 al Shabab militants during a raid on the group’s bases in the region connecting both countries on Sunday. Local reports indicate that this was one of the heaviest clashes involving the Read more ›

Security Council extends UN missions in Abyei, Somalia and Guinea Bissau

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously voted in three resolutions on Thursday to prolong the mandate of its peace-keeping missions in Abyei, Somalia and South Sudan. The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), which was created Read more ›

Kenya: Mass deportation of Somali asylum seekers could empower terrorists

A Somali official has warned that Kenya’s latest nationwide anti-terrorism operation codenamed ‘Uslama Watch’, which has led to the apprehension and repatriation of his nationals in the neighbouring country, is likely to empower al Shabab and other terrorists operating in Read more ›

Kenya: Human Right Watch demands an end to operation ‘Uslama Watch’

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Kenyan government to immediately cease a security operation aimed at eliminating illegal migrants that has attracted widespread criticisms for alleged human rights violations. In a statement released on Tuesday, May Read more ›

Uganda: security tightened after warnings over terrorist plot

Ugandan police have drastically increased their surveillance in the country after reports emerged last week of impending terrorist attacks. Police spokesman, Fred Enanga, has announced that all public places without adequate security provisions will be shut down. He has also Read more ›

Somali lawmakers alloted bodyguards

The Federal Parliament of Somalia has announced on Tuesday that members of the house would be provided two guards each. The Second Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mahad Abdalla Awad, who disclosed the news to the media, insisted on Read more ›

Somalia and Kenya in diplomatic row

The Somali government have recalled the country’s Ambassador to Kenya, Mohamed Ali Nur, for ‘consultations’ over the controversial operation ‘Uslama Watch’ as well as the much publicized arrest of a top diplomat of the Somali embassy last week. Since the Read more ›

Somalia: Cabinet approves new governor of central bank

Somali ministers have selected Bashir Isse Ali to head the country’s central bank. Ali, who has been described as a veteran banker, had been serving as interim director of the bank after Yussur Abrar resigned last year – reportedly over Read more ›

Terrorists assassinate another Somali MP

Unknown gunmen linked to the Islamic militant group, al Shabab, have shot and killed a member of the federal parliament on Monday at Madina district. Abdiaziz Isaq Mursal was shot several times as he emerged from his home in Dherkenlay Read more ›

British Petroleum signs exploration agreement with Somalia

British Petroleum has entered an agreement with the Somali government to resume its oil and gas exploration activities, which were abruptly stopped in 1991 after the central government was toppled. Reports indicate that the Somali government has been involved in negotiations Read more ›

Somali government, humanitarian groups voice concerns over Kenya’s crackdown on illegal Somali migrants

Somali authorities and several humanitarian groups (including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) have called on Kenya’s security agencies to review their handling of the ‘Uslama Watch’ operation aimed at curbing the growth of terrorism in the country’s migrant communities. Read more ›

Somali fishermen get ID cards

The Somali government has commenced a plan to issue fishermen with identification cards to eliminate the possibility of them being mistaken for pirates. Puntland’s Ministry for Fisheries and Marine Resources has revealed that about 2,000 ID cards have been doled Read more ›

2 Kenyan aid workers rescued from al Shabab

The Kenyan Army under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) command have reportedly rescued 2 aid workers kidnapped by Islamic militant group, al Shabab, in 2011. Reports indicate that the two men, identified as James Kiarie and Daniel Njuguna, Read more ›

Kenya: opposition party denounces Eastleigh operation

One of Kenya’s main opposition party has expressed “strong displeasure” over the government’s crack down on illegal migrants in Nairobi’s Somali-populated Eastleigh district. According to the acting chairman of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Peter Anyang Nyong’o, the operation, code-named Read more ›

Kenyan police continue crack down on illegal migrants

Since Saturday, Kenyan security agents have apprehended reportedly about 6,000 foreigners in Nairobi – mostly Somalis – in the wake of a spate of terrorist attacks linked to Somalia-based al Shabab. Interior Cabinet Secretary, Ole Lenku, told the media, on Read more ›

2 United Nations consultants killed in Somalia

Two consultants of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have been shot and killed on Monday in Galkayo, the capital of Mudug, Puntland, north central Somalia. According to reports from local sources, the two men – reportedly Read more ›

Blast in Nairobi suburb leaves 6 dead

An explosion in the predominantly Somali-populated Eastleigh suburb of Nairobi has killed at least 6 people and injured more than 15 others, according to local reports. Nairobi News has disclosed that the blast occurred between a cafe and a restaurant Read more ›

United Nations condemns Kenyan directive ordering Immigrants back to Refugee Camps

The United Nations has censured the Kenyan government’s decision for all refugees in the east African nation to relocate to two designated refugee camps following a spate of terrorist attacks. Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Read more ›

Somalia commissions Offshore Oil and Gas Survey

The Somali government has commissioned a study of the nation’s offshore oil and gas reserves by British-owned Soma Oil and Gas. According to a report by Bloomberg, depending on the result of the survey, which commenced mid-February, the Somali government Read more ›