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12 novembre 2015 4 12 /11 /novembre /2015 08:45
US offers rewards in hunt for Somalia's al-Shabab leaders

 

11.11.2015 by BBC Africa

 

The US government is offering $27m (£18m) in rewards for information on the whereabouts of six leaders of the Somalia-based al-Shabab group.

 

The highest reward is $6m for the group's leader Abu Ubaidah. He replaced Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in a US drone strike last year. Among those being hunted is Mahad Karate, also known as Abdirahman Mohamed Warsame, believed to be a key player in the attack on a Kenyan university which killed 148 people.

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29 juin 2015 1 29 /06 /juin /2015 15:45
Al-Shabab kills Somali soldiers in attack on army base

 

29.06.2015 BBC Africa

 

Al-Shabab militants have killed at least five soldiers in an overnight attack on an army base in the southern Somali port of Kismayo.

 

Islamist fighters beheaded some of the captured Somali soldiers after briefly taking over the camp, witnesses told AFP news agency.

At least 50 Burundian soldiers died last week in an al-Shabab attack on an African Union military base.

Al-Shabab is battling Somalia's government for control of the country.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has more than 20,000 troops in the country.

Amisom is now withdrawing from some of its smaller outposts in southern Somalia, residents have told the BBC Somali service.

Amisom has not commented on the reports.

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 12:44
Al-Shabab fighters outside Mogadishu, Somalia (Archive)

Al-Shabab fighters outside Mogadishu, Somalia (Archive)

 

18 March 2015 BBC Africa

 

The US defence department has confirmed that it has killed an al-Shabab leader, Adan Garar.

 

The Pentagon says the militant was hit by a drone equipped with Hellfire missiles in southern Somalia last Friday. Garar was a suspect in the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that left 67 people dead. The US believes Garar was overseeing operations that "target US persons and other Western interests". He was a member of the security and intelligence wing and a "key operative responsible for coordinating al-Shabab's external operations", according to the Pentagon.

 

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4 octobre 2014 6 04 /10 /octobre /2014 20:45
Somalia's al-Shabab 'withdrawing from key Barawe base'

 

3 October 2014 BBC Africa

 

Al-Qaeda-aligned militants are withdrawing from their last major stronghold on Somalia's southern coast, residents in Barawe have told the BBC.

 

They said that al-Shabab battle-wagons loaded with their weapons had been leaving since the morning. African Union forces and Somali government troops have been closing in on the town - an official says they are about 20km (12 miles) away. Barawe is in a strategic position 200km south of the capital.

 

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5 septembre 2014 5 05 /09 /septembre /2014 19:45
US confirms al-Shabab leader Ahmed Godane killed

Ahmed Abdi Godane - undated photo The US Rewards for Justice programme issued this photograph of Godane in 2012

 

5 September 2014 BBC Africa

 

The leader of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed following a US attack earlier this week, the Pentagon has said.

 

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19 novembre 2013 2 19 /11 /novembre /2013 18:45
L’AMISOM attaquée à Beledweyne

 

 

19 novembre, 2013 BBC Afrique

 

A Beledweyne, un attentat suicide a fait au moins 10 morts sur une base de l’Union Africaine selon des témoins.

 

Un porte-parole du mouvement islamiste, Abdiasis Abu Musab, a revendiqué cette offensive selon l’agence de presse Reuters.

 

C’est un commissariat de police qui a été pris pour cible.

 

La destruction du bâtiment a eu lieu après qu’un véhicule ait forcé les portes d’entrée.

 

Les locaux abritent les troupes de Djibouti et les policiers somaliens.

 

Au mois d’octobre, la ville de Beledweyne, situe à une trentaine de kilomètres de la frontière éthiopienne et à 300 kilomètres de la capitale Mogadiscio, avait déjà subi un attentat suicide dans un café qui avait tué 16 personnes.

 

Les militants d’Al-Shabab ont été force à quitter plusieurs villes somaliennes stratégiques par les soldats de l’AMISOM, les forces de l’Union Africaine.

 

Mais ils contrôlent encore des zones importantes dans le sud de la Somalie.

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10 octobre 2013 4 10 /10 /octobre /2013 07:45
Profile: Al-Shabab's 'Ikrima'

8 October 2013 BBC Africa

 

The US has said a raid it launched on 5 October in Somalia targeted a leader in the Islamist militia al-Shabab called known as Abdukadir Mohamed Abdukadir, alias Ikrima.

 

Until the raid, which failed to capture him, even seasoned observers of Somalia's conflict had not heard of Ikrima.

 

He is thought to be a Kenyan citizen of Somali origin, one of many Kenyan Somalis and other foreign fighters who have joined the militia.

 

Residents of Barawe, the town where the raid took place, say Ikrima is a leader in the militia with responsibility for logistics.

 

He is usually accompanied by about 20 well-armed guards, they say.

 

As a Kenyan-Somali, he is believed to speak Kiswahili better than Somali, and as such would be able to move freely in both countries.

 

Like many Islamist militants, he is also likely to speak Arabic - some Barawe residents say they initially thought he was from Libya.

 

"Ikrima represents an interesting crossover between al-Hijra and al-Shabab, as a Kenyan who can mingle among both the Somalis and the foreign fighters," analyst Matt Bryden told the Washington Post.

 

The Kenyan-based al-Hijra group, also known as the Muslim Youth Centre, is viewed as a close ally of al-Shabab.

 

Although his name was not well known until Saturday's raid, he was mentioned in a Kenyan intelligence report last year, which was leaked to US media after last month's attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre.

 

He was named as the lead planner of a plot sanctioned by al-Qaeda's core leadership in Pakistan to carry out multiple attacks in Kenya in late 2011 and early 2012.

 

Parliament buildings, the UN's office in Nairobi, as well as Kenyan military camps and an Ethiopian restaurant frequented by members of Somalia's Western-backed transitional government were among the reported targets.

 

Kenyan authorities say all the plots were foiled.

 

Pentagon spokesman George Little said Ikrima was also closely associated with Harun Fazul and Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, who he said "played roles" in the 1998 bombing of the United States embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, and in the 2002 attacks on a hotel and airline in Mombassa, Kenya.

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