Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel on Sunday, driving a car packed with explosives through the hotel gate and killin(...)

A Somali soldier in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which sustained two militant attacks in past week. The latest  attack in Leego came as residents gathered for morning prayers. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty

Al-Shabaab militants battled with African Union (AU) troops in Somalia on Friday after exploding a car bomb at a peacekeepers’ base south of Mogadishu(...)

A genuine zebra crossing on the Massai Mara in Kenya

One of the biggest risks I found travelling through Kenya was the ever-present threat of getting all poetic. It happened when we got out of our jeep t(...)

 Kenyans sit around candles and messages for the victims of the  Garissa University College killings as they  attend a candlelight vigil held for the 148 people who died in the attack. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA.

Kenyan university students marched in the capital on Tuesday to demand more security from the government after gunmen killed 148 people at a campus i(...)

A group of Kenya Defence Force soldiers arrive in Garissa University College in Garissa on Saturday. Some 148 people died in an attack on the campus on Thursday and militant group al Shabaab has said it is planning further attacks. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Saturday that those behind an attack in which al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 148 people at a university(...)

Call for attacks on western shopping areas includes Mall of America, Minnesota; the West Edmonton Mall in Canada (above); London’s Oxford Street and sites in Paris. Photograph: Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters

WILL DUNHAM The US homeland security chief said yesterday he takes seriously an apparent threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against prominen(...)

Kenyan policemen patrol the Kenya-Somalia border near the town of Mandera on December 4th after al Shabaab militants killed 36 workers at a quarry in  northeast Kenya on December 2nd. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

Rebels from the Islamist al Shabaab group attacked a military base in southern Somalia early on Monday, killing at least 10 soldiers and burning tw(...)

Kenyan mortuary attendants carry in the bodies of victims killed in Mandera, at city Mortuary in Nairobi: Al-Shabaab Islamist militants killed 36 non-Muslim workers, prompting  president Kenyatta to sweep out his top security officials in order to tackle a relentless wave of violence. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

EDITH HONAN Somali al-Shabaab Islamist militants killed 36 non-Muslim workers at a quarry in northeast Kenya on Tuesday, prompting the president to(...)

The port town of Barawe had been fully controlled by al-Shabab with almost no government presence since 2006. Image: Google Maps

African Union and Somali troops took control of the al-Shabaab militant stronghold of Barawe along the southern Somali coast, after the al-Qaeda-linke(...)

 Security officers gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in front of the country’s parliament in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photograph: Said Yusuf Warsame/EPA

Al Shabaab Islamist militants, who threatened to step up attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, said they were behind a blast today that (...)