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Five Americans among wounded in Nairobi mall attack

Five Americans were among those wounded when Somali militants stormed a Nairobi shopping mall, according to a statement by the US State Department on Sunday. "A number of American citizens were present in Westgate Shopping Mall at the time of the attack. Five American citizens are among the injured, but we have no reports of any American deaths," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.

'Major' assault ongoing to end Kenya mall siege

Kenyan troops have launched an assault on cornered Somali militants holding hostages inside a Nairobi shopping mall to end a deadly siege, the government crisis team said Sunday. "Godspeed to our guys in the Westgate building," Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre said in a message on its Twitter site. "Major engagement ongoing." The number of people killed in the ongoing siege, which began on Saturday, is feared to rise sharply from the 59 people confirmed dead, police sources said after entering the building.

Somali-owned shops re-open after attacks in South Africa

Several Somali-owned shops re-opened for business on Thursday as a wave of looting and xenophobic violence in South Africa's coastal city of Port Elizabeth was brought under control. More than 150 small grocery shops were looted in four days of violence which was sparked by the killing of a 19-year-old South African boy by a Somali shop owner after an argument over cellphone airtime on Sunday. "No incidents of looting have been reported since last night (Wednesday)," police spokeswoman Brigadier Marinda Mills said.

150 Somali-owned shops looted in South Africa

"Since Sunday when all the trouble started, 150 shops have been looted and it is spreading to other townships. The situation is still tense."

150 Somali-owned shops looted in South African rampage

More than 150 Somali-owned shops have been looted in four days of xenophobic violence in South Africa's coastal city of Port Elizabeth, police said Wednesday. The ransacking of the small grocery shops was sparked by the killing of a 19-year-old South African boy by a Somali shop owner following an argument over cellphone airtime on Sunday. "Since Sunday, when all the trouble started, 150 shops have been looted and it is spreading to other townships. The situation is still tense," police spokeswoman Sibongile Soci told AFP.

Blasts in Somali capital kill 18

At least 18 people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu Saturday when two blasts ripped through a busy parking lot next to a restaurant, police said. "There were two heavy explosions at a parking lot near the National Theatre," police officer Mohamed Adan told AFP. "At least 18 people were killed in the attack," said Mohamed Dahir, another police officer. An AFP reporter said he had seen 12 bodies at the scene of the attack.

Blasts in Somali capital kill nine

At least nine people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu when two blasts went off, police said. "There were two heavy explosions at a parking lot near the National Theatre and initial information is that at least nine people were killed," police officer Mohamed Adan told AFP. nur-hv/cc

Blasts in Somali capital kill nine

At least nine people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu Saturday when two blasts ripped through a busy parking lot, police said. "There were two heavy explosions at a parking lot near the National Theatre and initial information is that at least nine people were killed," police officer Mohamed Adan told AFP. Police and witnesses said the first blast was a car laden with explosives that was parked by a restaurant close to the theatre.

Gunmen kill two Somalis, wound foreigner in Mogadishu

Gunmen killed two Somalis and wounded a foreign women in central Mogadishu on Wednesday when they opened fire on their car in the latest attack in the troubled city, police said. "A security guard and a driver was killed and a female foreigner has been injured after gunmen attacked them," said police official Abdi Mohamed. It was not immediately possible to confirm the nationality of the woman wounded in the attack. nur-pjm/fb

Two Kenyans kidnapped by Somali Shebab in 2012 freed

Two Kenyan officials kidnapped by the Somali Islamist group Shebab during an attack in northeastern Kenya in 2012 have been released, the Kenyan presidency announced Tuesday. "Two Kenyans abducted by Somali Shebab insurgents on January 11th, 2012 have been released following successful negotiations spearheaded by border communities in North Eastern Province," a statement from State House said. mom-ayv/lc
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