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The top U.N. official for Somalia said more military force is needed to push Islamist militant group al-Shabab out of its remaining strongholds. Such strongholds include the town of Barawe — the scene of a U.S. Special Forces strike over the weekend. U.N. Special Representative for Somalia Nick Kay said al-Shabab “poses a real and present threat” to peace-building...

Somaliland police forces launched a massive security operation where they have detained 53 persons including recidivists and youngsters accused of gang formation activities. Brigadier General Abdilahi Iman Fadal declared the arrest of those 53 suspects and said, “Somaliland police forces, by doing their day to day activities, have been patrolling in the streets and...

Nairobi, SF – Kenya must drop calls to force hundreds of thousands of refugees to return to Somalia where ongoing armed conflict would put their lives and security at risk, Amnesty International said today. It follows calls from the Kenyan MP Ndung’u Gethenji, head of the Parliament’s defence committee, to clear Somali refugees from camps in northern Kenya....

A Kenyan parliamentary committee is to call for camps for Somali refugees in the country to close in the wake of the Westgate mall attack, a senior MP says. Ndung’u Gethenji, head of the defence committee, told the BBC he had reports that “some of these facilities are being used as a training ground”. More than 500,000 Somalis have sought refuge from...

Nairobi, Samantha Lewthwaite, the ‘White Widow’ being hunted on suspicion of leading the Nairobi mall massacre, is or was secretly married to a former officer in the Kenya Navy, a British newspaper said on Monday, quoting a confidential Scotland Yard file. Her new husband is Mr Abdi Wahid, whom the paper said is currently in Europe and freely moves around. According...

NAIROBI, Kenya — Illicit ivory, kidnappings, piracy ransoms, smuggled charcoal, extorted payments from aid organizations and even fake charity drives pretending to collect money for the poor — the Shabab militant group has shifted from one illegal business to another, drawing money from East Africa’s underworld to finance attacks like the recent deadly siege at a...

Nairobi, SF – The name of Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the White Widow by the British media, has been widely associated with the massacre in Nairobi, but there is no evidence of her involvement in the attack. Ms Lewthwaite, a 29-year-old Muslim convert from the UK, is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, who blew himself up in the July 2005 bombings in London. She is wanted...

by Jamal Osman Exclusive: Channel 4 News learns the alleged leader of the Nairobi shopping mall attack was born a Christian in Kenya and is a former member of the country’s special forces. Multiple sources from within Somalia have told Channel 4 News the identity of the man who led the group behind the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre. According...

Kismayo, SF – Reports from Kismayo, a port city in southern Somalia indicate that fierce fighting between alshabaab fighters and forces loyal to Ahmed madobe the leader of Jubba administration backed by Kenya defense forces have taken place in Kismayo city on Saturday night. The battle broke out when the Islamist militant Al-shabaab launched heavy assaults against...

Mogadishu, SF – At least three Somali business men were killed and more than four others including Yemeni business people injured after a grenade bomb attack occurred in Bakara market on Saturday. Witnesses told Somaliafocus that the attack happened while the bossiness people were shopping at Bakara Market. unconfirmed reports say turkey citizens are among harmed...