Suspected Al Shabaab militants destroyed a communications mast in Korakora area, Garissa County in a Thursday morning attack. The militants also caused havoc at Korakora police station, but luckily all the police officers are said to be fine. Locals say over 20 gunmen attacked the mast before they were repulsed by officers manning the site.
Kenyan police said Thursday they are on high alert after repulsing three al-Shabaab attacks in the country’s regions bordering Somalia within a week. Rono Bunei, northeastern regional police commander, said security has been enhanced along the Kenya-Somalia border after security officers foiled attacks by the extremist group in Garissa, Mandera and Wajir counties this week.
Kenya security agencies foiled a hijacking and kidnapping terror attack outside Dabacity area of Elwak in Wajir boarder with Somalia. Officials said Al-Shabaab militants had hijacked a civilian Toyota Landcruiser pickup with eight occupants but were intercepted as they drove towards Somalia. There were zero casualties and the vehicle with the occupants was secured in the Tuesday incident, an official aware of the drama said.
The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday urged the South African government to urgently engage the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regarding the increasing Islamic State (ISIS) threat in northern Mozambique. This came after ISIS, in the form of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah or Al-Shabaab, warned South Africa not to get involved in the current conflict in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. South Africa cannot afford to ignore this threat from ISIS or take its warning lightly, the DA said in a statement.
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world’s health systems, economies and local communities, the UN Secretary-General on Monday highlighted how the pandemic has laid bare vulnerabilities to “new and emerging forms of terrorism”, such as cyber-attacks, bio-terrorism and the misuse of digital technology. While the coronavirus has put the international community in the cross-hairs of a crisis like no other since the founding of the United Nations 75 years ago, António Guterres noted that “like the virus, terrorism does not respect national borders”.
MOGADISHIU (Reuters) - Somali security forces have killed a commander of the al Shabaab militant group in a military operation, state radio reported on Thursday. Ahsraf Azmi Abu Hamdan, who was from Nepal, was a senior trainer in the Islamist group. He was killed in an operation in the Middle Juba region in southern Somalia, state radio said. Three other fighers were also killed. Al Shabaab has been fighting to topple Somalia’s central government since 2008 to establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islam’s sharia law.
Somalia's army remains “incapable” of ousting Al-Shabaab from its strongholds, enabling the insurgents to exercise continued control over large parts of the country, the US State Department said on Wednesday. As another indication of failure to stifle Shabaab militants after 13 years of counterinsurgency warfare, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group last year carried out more than 1,000 attacks inside Somalia and in northern Kenya, the State Department noted in its Country Reports on Terrorism 2019.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will be supporting the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) Regional Counter-Terrorism Centre of Excellence (CTCoE) through a comprehensive new project funded by Germany. The project will be implemented with three primary objectives: First, to assist the CTCoE to become a credible knowledge hub on violent extremism and terrorism in Eastern Africa through research initiatives, publications and a dedicated website to publish its material.
Suspected Al-Shabaab militants have killed a police reservist in Mandera County in an attack seen have been targeting to destroy a communications mast. The Sunday 3am incident was carried out by a group of about 10 heavily armed militants, according to Lafey Deputy County Commissioner John Marete.
Al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda-linked armed group based in Somalia, said it has set up a coronavirus treatment centre in the country. "Al-Shabab’s coronavirus prevention and treatment committee has opened a COVID-19 centre," the group said in a broadcast on their radio station Andalus, adding the centre had been set up in Jilib, about 380km (236 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu.