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 (...)

Alyaz Merali (8), who was shot by gunmen at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, attending the funeral for his mother and sister. They were killed by terrorists believed funded by black market ivory. Photograph: Uriel Sinai

Al-Shabaab, the terrorist group that murdered at least 62 people in a Kenyan shopping mall in recent days, has been funding its operations through ivo(...)

Relatives carry a coffin during a funeral procession for Selima Merali (41) and her daughter Nuriana Merali (15), who were killed in the attack by gunmen at the Westgate shopping centre  in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph:  Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Bomb disposal experts and investigators searched through the wreckage of a Kenyan shopping mall today after a four-day attack by Islamist militants t(...)

A sign pointing to the direction of Westgate shopping centre is pictured as smoke rises in the vicinity in Nairobi. Photograph: Karel Prinsloo/Reuters

Thick smoke poured from the besieged Nairobi mall where Kenyan officials said their forces were closing in on Islamists holding hostages today, the t(...)