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South Coast Police arrest Uganda terror suspect near Kwale town

KWALE Somalia (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police said they had arrested a Ugandan national over terrorism links in the coastal town of Kwale.

Police said the suspect, Mwandego Mohamed, was among Al-Shabaab returnees planning terrorist attacks in the country.

Stephen Muli, Kwale Head of Directorate of Criminal Investigation, said a grenade, a detonator code, electrical detonator and cast booster have been recovered.

The intensified crackdown against the Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Kenya recently is believed to lead to a decline of terror attacks in the country.

Police have blamed Al-Shabaab returnees from south coast for planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the country. The majority of the returnees were opposing the government’s anti-radicalization programs.

"Most of them are yet to denounce the group. We are monitoring the operations to avert any terrorist attacks in the region," Muli said.


Eight Al-Shabaab fighters killed in central Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least eight Al-Shabaab militants were killed at Bud-bud location in central Somalia’s Galgudud region Wednesday after fighting between the militants and Somali National Army (SNA) backed by African Union (AU) forces.

"The joint forces killed 8 Al-Shabaab fighters and recovered grenades including an artillery gun which they were using. Our forces are still in the area," SNA Commander in the region, Ahmed Mohamed, told reporters.

However, Al-Shabaab militants later claimed to have captured Bud-bud area from Ethiopian troops which are part of the AU and Somali forces, a claim which the government denied.

Three killed in landmine blast in Mogadishu market

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least three people were killed and several others were injured in a landmine explosion at a popular market in Mogadishu on Tuesday.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Internal Security, Abdikamil Moallim Shukri said a police officer, a mother and her daughter were killed when explosion hit Bakara market.

"Security forces are pursuing those behind the incident which also destroyed stalls and caused panic among shoppers," Shukri said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack in the largest and busy market, but Al-Shabaab militants carried out similar attacks before.

Mortar attack injures four near presidential palace in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least four people were injured after mortar rounds landed in Warta-Nabbadda district near the presidential palace in Mogadishu on Tuesday, officials said.

Warta-Nabbadda Commissioner, Yasin Nor Isse told reporters that four civilians were injured in the attack around the heavily fortified presidential palace.

"Mortar shells landed into civilian residences in Warta-Nabbadda, with four people injured in the attack, we don’t know the direction the shells were from," Isse said.

Eyewitness in the area said that at least five mortar shells landed at the area, and created unstable situation of terror.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the latest attack in Mogadishu, but Al-Shabaab often carries out such attacks. The attack comes as National Leaders Forum opened in Mogadishu on Tuesday.

Businessman injured in car blast in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Xinhua) -- A businessman escaped with injuries when a bomb planted in his car went off along Maka al-Mukarama road in Mogadishu’s central business district, police said Monday.

A police officer at the scene Yahye Abdi told Xinhua the car had been rigged with explosive devices and went off when the businessman tried to start the car.

An eye witness told Xinhua there was a huge explosion then the vehicle went up in flames. "There was sudden explosion across the street and shortly we saw a vehicle on fire," said Elmi Noor.

The street is popular with African Union convoys and government vehicles.

No group has claimed responsibility, but Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab has been known to use such tactics to launch attacks.


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