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US hits back
  • US
  • October 8, 2013, 01:00

T he simultaneous weekend raids by US special forces in Somalia and Libya represented both retaliation for the recent Kenyan shopping mall massacre an(...)

File photo: Rescue workers in Nairobi, Kenya sift through rubble to find survivors trapped in the remains of Ufundi house which collapsed when a huge bomb went off August 7th, 1998. Senior al Qaeda figure Anas al-Liby, indicted by the United States for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in East Africa, was captured  overnight in Libya by a US team. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters.

US special forces have struck out against Islamic extremists who carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching a Libyan al-Qaeda leader alle(...)

Rescued migrants arrive onboard a coastguard vessel at the harbour of Lampedusa this morning. Photograph: Nino Randazzo/ASP/Reuters

More than 300 people drowned or were feared dead after a boat packed with African migrants caught fire and sank off the southern Italian island of Lam(...)

Relatives and friends carry the coffin of Ruhila Adatia Sood, a Radio Africa television and radio presenter, during her funeral ceremony today. The country is observing three days of national mourning as security forces begin the task of clearing and securing the Westgate shopping mall following a four-day siege by militants. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

The death toll from the attack by al-Shabab militants on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi is expected to rise from the current level of 67, with (...)

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. (Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A former Irish Army ranger was part of a team of private security workers who helped to evacuate hundreds of people from Nairobi’s Westgate shopping m(...)

Terror in Nairobi
  • Africa
  • September 25, 2013, 01:00

In terms of sheer brutality, the slaughter in Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre which has left more than 60 dead, including young children, ranks alo(...)

A soldier who took part in the ground floor operations inside the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi said Kenyan forces provided  covering fire but had met no hostile fire in return as they searched the vast complex room by room. Photograph: Noor Khamis/Reuters
Kenyan president declares siege over
  • Africa
  • September 25, 2013, 01:00

The four-day siege at Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall is over, the country’s president has said in a strongly worded statement of defiance against the (...)

Kenyan policemen keep vigil near the Westgate centre in Nairobi this morning.  Kenyan authorities said its security forces were in control of the shopping mall where Islamist fighters killed at least 62 people, and police were doing a final sweep of shops after rescuing the last hostages. Photograph: Reuters

Samantha Lewthwaite was an average girl who was “empty in confidence”, a councillor who knew her has said. Born in Banbridge, Co Down where her grand(...)

Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) arrive at at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi today, where  security forces were locked in a stand-off  with al Shabaab  militants. Photograh: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack on a shopping mall in Kenya’s capital, showing it can still s(...)

Volunteers at the MP Shah hospital help a man overcome with grief after learning one of his relatives had been  killed in yesterday’s attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Kenyan security forces remain locked in a stand-off with terrorists in a Nairobi shopping centre, nearly 24 hours after the gang opened fire in the bu(...)

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