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al-Shabab

Jun 16, 2014 — The government blamed al-Shabab, Somalia's al-Qaida-linked terror group, which claimed responsibility for last year's attack at a Nairobi mall in which 67 people were killed.
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Oct 7, 2013 — Al-Qaida operative Abu Anas al-Libi reportedly was snatched from a street in Libya, while a U.S. Navy SEAL team in Somalia met stiff resistance; it's not yet clear whether their target — a top al-Shabab leader — was killed.
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Oct 6, 2013 — A Kenyan intelligence official says that the "high-value terrorist leader" whose residence was targeted in a Navy SEAL raid was the senior al-Shabab leader Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, alias Ikrima. Ikrima is a Kenyan of Somali descent who boasts connections to both al-Shabab in Somalia and to a Kenyan jihadist group called al-Hijra.
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Oct 5, 2013 — A force that raided a seaside house in Somalia early Saturday included members of a U.S. Navy SEAL team, according to reports. There were conflicting reports on the whereabouts and condition of the target, a senior leader of the al-Shabab militant group.
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Sep 27, 2013 — Also Friday, there's word from the Kenyan Red Cross that 59 people remain missing. Terrorists killed at least 61 civilians and 6 security officers during the attack on a mall in Nairobi and a four-day siege that followed.
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Sep 24, 2013 — The country is the crossroads of East Africa, it has strong ties to the West, and it sent troops into Somalia's endless war. For all these reasons, Kenya was vulnerable to attack from al-Shabab, the Somali militia tied to al-Qaida.
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Sep 24, 2013 — Four days after terrorists attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta told his nation that the crisis has ended. He said at least 61 civilians, 6 security officers and 5 terrorists had been killed. More bodies, though, might still be in the building.
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Sep 23, 2013 — The group that claimed responsibility for the attack on the mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, began as a militia fighting in Somalia. But it has evolved into an al-Qaida affiliate that views Somalia as a front in the war against the West.
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Sep 23, 2013 — Kenya's Ministry of the Interior said more than 10 suspects had been arrested. At last count, the three-day siege had claimed 62 lives. An Islamist militant group from Somalia has claimed responsibility.
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Oct 4, 2011 — A spokesman for the Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility.
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