Thursday, October 19, 2017

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Jihadists claiming to be Islamic State in Central Africa (ISCA) call for militants to join them in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as Middle East caliphate crumbles

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Jihadists claiming to be ‘Islamic State in Central Africa’ have called for militants to join them in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the extremist group’s self-styled ‘capital’, Raqqa, was reclaimed by US-backed Syrian forces.

A video circulating on pro-ISIS sites purports to be a message from dedicated jihadis, although ISIS has not expanded its official media output to the central African country.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Somalia: More than 230 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history

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Somalia’s government blamed the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab extremist group for “unspeakable horror” of truck bomb blast as rescue workers search for survivors trapped under the rubble of the largely destroyed Safari Hotel.

The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed at least 231 people with more than 275 injured, a senator said Sunday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll could continue to rise.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Somalia: Twin car bombings kill at least 50 people in Mogadishu, still no claim

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Two car bombs in separate parts of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu have killed at least 50 people and injured more than 80 others.

The first explosion on Saturday in the city’s K5 Junction area, which is lined with government offices, hotels, and restaurants, destroyed several buildings and set dozens of vehicles on fire.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Puntland: Al-Shabaab militants attack a checkpoint near Bosaso killing 5 people

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Islamist militants attacked a checkpoint in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, killing at least five people in the early hours of Monday, police said.

The fighters from the al-Shabaab group then ambushed officers rushing in to help colleagues on the outskirts of the city of Bosaso, police Captain Abdifatah Mohamed said.

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