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At least seven killed by bomb blast next to Somali capital airport

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Seven people were killed when a car bomb exploded on Thursday near the entrance of Mogadishu's heavily guarded international airport where many foreign diplomats are based, police said. Police suspect al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab of planting the remotely-controlled bomb. Al Shabaab did not immediately claim responsibility. "A car laden with explosives was remotely exploded in front of a tea shop just outside the airport," senior police officer Colonel Abdikadir Ahmed told Reuters.

Kenya charges 70 with being members of al Shabaab

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - A Kenyan court on Wednesday charged 70 people with being members of Somali militant group al Shabaab, after they were arrested during a police raid on a mosque that sparked days of rioting in Mombasa. The 70 denied being members of the Islamist group, which is linked to al Qaeda, and others relating to terrorism, possession of arms, robbery and incitement to violence in a crowded courtroom 10 km (six miles) outside the port city.

Israeli air raids in Gaza cause no casualties

Israel carried out two air strikes overnight Monday in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, but caused no casualties, Palestinian security sources said. The first raid targeted a training camp of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, near the Nuseirat refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip. The second raid occurred in the northern part of the strip near the community of Beit Lahiya, the security sources said.

Iran slams Pakistan over border guards abduction

Iran on Sunday denounced what it called Pakistan's inability to secure its own borders after five Iranian soldiers were kidnapped and taken into its eastern neighbour by Sunni extremists. "We are unhappy with the Pakistani government over the abduction of our guards and their transfer to Pakistan," Fars news agency reported quoted police chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moghadam as saying. Jaish-ul Adl, the rebel group formed in 2012 whose name in Arabic means Army of Justice, has said it was behind the kidnapping in Iran's restive southeast province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

Gunfire erupts as police raid radical Kenyan mosque

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Gunfire erupted in and around a mosque in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on Sunday following a raid by armed police who had received a tip-off that Muslim youths were being radicalized and trained for militant attacks. The raid sparked violent protests inside the Masjid Mussa mosque in the city's run-down Majengo neighbourhood and in the surrounding streets. Police fired teargas and live rounds over the heads of taunting crowds, who hurled stones back.

Mexican vigilantes sign up for army-controlled corps

Mexico City, Jan 31 (EFE).- Two prominent leaders of the vigilante groups that sprang up in the western state of Michoacan to defend communities from organized crime registered to become part of the new Rural Defense Corps, which will operate under the control of the Mexican military. Estanislao Beltran and Hipolito Mora reported on Thursday to the induction center the military set up this week in the main square of Buenavista, Michoacan.

Kenyan security agencies ignored warnings before Westgate attack: report

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan security agencies did not heed information about an impending attack before an assault on the Westgate shopping mall in the capital last September that killed 67 people, the head of a parliamentary committee said on Sunday. Gunmen from Somalia's al Shabaab militant group stormed the upmarket mall as shoppers flocked there on a Saturday.

Twitter suspends account of Hamas armed wing

A Twitter account of Hamas's armed wing has been suspended by administrators, the Palestinian Islamist movement said Thursday, accusing the social media site of censorship. The account of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, @AlqassamBrigade, appeared to have been suspended several times over the past week, and was still inaccessible with a "suspended" notice on Thursday. A spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, accused Twitter of suppressing freedom of speech and of pandering to the political agenda of Hamas's sworn enemy Israel.

Israel hits Gaza as fears rise of new conflict

Increased violence in and around the Gaza Strip, where an overnight air strike killed a Palestinian militant, have prompted blunt warnings from Israel as fears grow of another major confrontation. The latest Israeli raid -- one of nearly a dozen this month -- comes after cross-border exchanges killed several Palestinians and one Israeli little more than a year after a November 2012 conflict forced Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas into a fragile ceasefire.

Police probe explosion at Kenya airport; no injuries

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Police are investigating an explosion at Nairobi international airport that panicked travelers but caused no injuries, a police spokesman said on Friday, a day after the incident. Kenyan media suggested the blast on Thursday night was caused by an explosive device, but police have blamed the incident on a faulty bulb falling into a rubbish bin at a coffee shop near a departures area.
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