Gunmen with the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group stormed Garissa University College in eastern Kenya on Thursday, taking an unknown number of hostages from the dormitories and reportedly killing dozens. Continue reading
President Obama has nominated Katherine Dhanani, a long-time diplomat with a specialty in African affairs, to be the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia since 1991. Continue reading
A video purportedly released by the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab late Saturday urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in Western countries, specifically naming the Mall of America in Minnesota.
Authorities in Kenya say at least 29 people were killed in a series of attacks by Al-Shabab extremists from neighboring Somalia. One Kenyan official said the extremists “went around shooting at people and villages indiscriminately.” For the latest developments, Heidi Vogt of the Wall Street Journal joins John Larson via Skype from Nairobi. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta blamed local political leaders for two nights of rampages that killed at least 60 near the tourist resort island of Lamu. The Somali militant group al-Shabab had already claimed responsibility for the killings. Also, two Nebraska farming towns are still reeling from twin tornadoes that killed a child and injured 18 others. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, gunmen killed at least 48 people and burned down two hotels in the coastal town of Mpeketoni, Kenya. Witnesses said the assailants met with little resistance from government forces. Also, Russia cut off natural gas deliveries to Ukraine after demanding nearly $2 billion in past-due bills, as well as upfront payments for future supplies. Continue reading
For the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab, the 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 67 people is being used to inspire new soldiers. Jamal Osman of Independent Television News goes inside a camp where nearly 300 jihadist soldiers have just spent six months on terrorist training. Continue reading
In the news Thursday, Kenyan military sent warplanes to destroy an al-Shabab training camp in an effort to strike back against the Somalian militants behind a mall attack in Nairobi last month. Meanwhile, a federal appeals court upheld New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, blocking a ruling that deemed the law unconstitutional. Continue reading