BREAKING: Large explosion, Gunfire at Somalia’s Intelligence Headquarters, Islamic Militants Attack a High Security Prison

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, African Union (AU) soldiers from Uganda gather as they prepare to launch an offensive against Al-Shabab strongholds in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. (AP/AMISOM, Tobin Jones)  Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Aug-31/269091-large-explosion-gunfire-at-somalias-intelligence-hq.ashx#ixzz3BxiXwCS1  (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
African Union (AU) soldiers from Uganda gather as they prepare to launch an offensive against Al-Shabab strongholds in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. (AP/AMISOM, Tobin Jones)

MOGADISHU: Suspected Al-Shabab militants attacked Somalia’s intelligence headquarters in central Mogadishu Sunday, setting off a bomb and opening fire on the complex, police and witnesses said.

UPDATE (AP) — A Somali police officer says heavily armed suspected Islamic militants have attacked a high security prison in the Somali capital.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said that armed men on Sunday morning invaded the Godka Jilacow prison, which also serves as a key interrogation center for Somalia’s intelligence agency.

Mohamed Hassan, a resident who lives near the prison in the neighborhood of the presidential palace, said he heard gunfire and explosions as soldiers and militants fought for the control of the notorious jail. Read the rest of this entry »


2 Senior Shabab Members Reported Killed in Somalia

English: Bakaara Market in the heart of Mogadi...

MOGADISHU, Somalia) —Abdi Guled reports: A member of the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab and a Somali government intelligence official say a military strike, possibly a drone attack, killed at least two senior al-Shabab rebels.

The al-Shabab member, who gave his name as Abu Mohamed, said one of those killed was al-Shabab’s top explosives expert, known as Anta. He said a drone targeted a car carrying al-Shabab rebels in Somalia’s Middle Juba region.

A Somali intelligence official in Mogadishu said the attack occurred as al-Shabab members went to intervene in a clan dispute. The official insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to share intelligence.

Earlier this month, United States Navy SEALS attacked a coastal Somali town to take down a Kenyan al-Shabab member. The SEALs withdrew before capturing or killing their target.

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Americans among injured in deadly Kenya mall attack as Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group claims responsibility

Reporting from Fox news and AP: The Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for a deadly attack targeting non-Muslims at an upscale mall in Kenya’s capital.

A statement from al-Shabab on its official Twitter feed Saturday says the attacks, which killed at least 39 and wounded 150, including American citizens, are retribution for military action by Kenya inside Somalia. The group said it was now shifting the battlefield to Kenya. Police say they are treating the assault as a “terrorist attack.”

Witnesses say the gunmen asked victims they had cornered if they were Muslim: If the answer was yes, several witnesses said, those people were free to go. The non-Muslims were not. Read the rest of this entry »