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    1. Somalia's Shebab militants are divided over whether to maintain their allegiance to Al-Qaeda or shift to Islamic State, according to militant and security sources, analysts and clan elders. The division comes at a time when Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has become the jihadist franchise of choice, attracting fighters from abroad and other militant groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria, while Al...

    2. By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab militants killed two city council officials, a former parliamentarian and a senior prison officer in Mogadishu, police and the rebel group said on Sunday. Six people were killed in an attack on a vehicle carrying U.N. staff in the semi-autonomous Puntland region on Monday, and a suicide bomber killed 10 in a restaurant in...

    3. By Nadia Saleem DUBAI (Reuters) - Somalia's Premier Bank has struck a deal with Mastercard and will issue debit cards and install ATM machines in the capital of the war-ravaged country, the Islamic lender's top executive said on Wednesday.     The east African nation has struggled for more than two decades with civil war and containing an insurrection by Islamist militants which has meant even ...

    4. Shebab bomb attack on UN bus kills seven in Somalia

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsApr 20 14:01 PM

      Somalia's Shebab Islamists killed seven people including four UN workers on Monday when they set off a huge bomb which ripped through a staff bus in the northeastern town of Garowe. The four foreign UN staff worked for the children's agency UNICEF, while four other UNICEF staff were in a "serious condition", the agency said in a statement. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned what he said...

    5. Al-Shabab bombs UN van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF workers killed

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsApr 20 21:00 PM

      MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists set off a bomb in a U.N. van in normally tranquil northern Somalia on Monday, killing at least seven people, including four employees of the U.N. children's agency in an attack that was widely denounced.

    6. Somalia’s Foreign Minister Abdusalam Hadliye Omer says that in this "turbulent time," his country nevertheless has a warm relationship with neighboring Kenya, which has provided troops to fight al-Shabab. Kenya has attributed recent terror attacks on its territory to the presence of Somali refugees in its sprawling Dadaab camps, a claim denied by the refugees. Some Kenyan authorities have called...

    7. Somalia police: 9 killed by car bomb in capital

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsApr 21 8:01 AM

      MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb killed at least nine people and wounded many others at a restaurant in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said.

    8. .:Middle East Online:::.

      Middle East OnlineApr 26 8:07 AM

      Will Somalia Shebab choose Qaeda or Islamic State? Shebab is under pressure but remains able to launch guerilla and terror attacks, seemingly at will, against civilian targets in Somalia and Kenya.

    9. The terrorist group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least four U.N. workers in a northeastern Somali city on Monday.

    10. Kenya froze key money transfer companies vital for Somalia Wednesday after the police chief issued a list of 85 people and businesses with suspected links to the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab. Top of the list issued in an official government gazette notice was alleged Shebab commander Mohamed Mohamud, said to be the mastermind behind the university massacre of almost 150 people last week. Their ...

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