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Somali President Defiant after Shebab Bomb Diplomats' Hotel

Somalia's president on Monday gave a defiant warning to Shebab insurgents a day after they killed at least 13 people in a bomb attack on a hotel that houses several diplomatic missions.

The suicide vehicle attack, the latest in a string of bomb blasts and killings in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, came as U.S. President Barack Obama left neighboring Kenya and headed to Ethiopia, both key nations contributing troops to the African Union force battling the Al-Qaida-affiliated Shebab.

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Somalia's Shebab Kill at Least Six in Mogadishu Hotel Car Bombing

Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed at least six people Sunday in a huge car bomb attack on a heavily guarded hotel in the capital Mogadishu that is also home to several diplomatic missions, officials and witnesses said.

The suicide attack, the latest in a string of bomb blasts and killings in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, came as U.S. President Barack Obama left neighboring Kenya and headed to Ethiopia, both key nations contributing troops to the African Union force battling the al-Qaida-affiliated group.

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Shebab Gunmen Kill Somali Lawmaker and his Guards

Somalia's Shebab insurgents assassinated a lawmaker and his guards, the president said late Saturday, hours after U.S. President Barack Obama said the Al-Qaeda affiliated militants had been "weakened".

Gunmen sprayed the car of MP Abdulahi Hussein Mohamud with gunfire as he travelled through a southern district of the capital Mogadishu earlier Saturday, killing him, his two guards and the driver.

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Somali, AU Troops Capture Key Shebab Stronghold

Somali government troops backed by African Union forces on Wednesday captured the Shebab stronghold of Bardhere, one of the last key bases of the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamists, officials said.

The militants also confirmed the loss of the town, but insisted they had not been defeated and that fighting was continuing.

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African Union Troops Deny Killing Somali Civilians

African Union troops in Somalia have dismissed reports they killed several civilians during fighting, saying those shot were all Al-Qaida-affiliated Shebab insurgents.

Witnesses in the southern port town of Merka said troops from the 22,000-strong AMISOM force killed at least eight civilians on Tuesday, opening fire after insurgents hurled a grenade at a passing convoy.

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AU Troops Announce New Offensive against Shebab

African Union troops said Sunday they had launched a new offensive against al-Qaida-affiliated Shebab rebels in southern Somalia, vowing to flush the insurgents out of rural areas.

The African Union Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM, said "Operation Jubba Corridor" was launched on Friday in the Bay and Gedo regions south of the capital Mogadishu along with Somali government troops.

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Somalia's Shebab Leader Outlines Plans for East Africa Terror Expansion

The leader of Somalia's al-Qaida-affiliated Shebab rebels on Friday issued an Eid message calling for a wave of new recruits in order to "lift the pain of Muslims" across East Africa.

In a statement that underscored the group's ambition to expand its operations, Shebab leader Ahmed Diriye, also known as Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah, took aim at Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda.

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Kenya Says University Massacre Mastermind Killed in U.S. Drone Strike in Somalia

At least 30 members of Somalia's Al-Qaida-affiliated Shebab militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike on Thursday, the Kenyan government said, but backtracked on its earlier claim that the alleged mastermind of the Garissa University massacre was among the dead.

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Air Strike Kills Shebab Militants in Somalia

Missiles fired from an unidentified military aircraft struck Shebab targets in southern Somalia early on Thursday causing casualties, sources said.

According to traditional elders near Bardhere town in the southern Gedo region, at least two missiles struck vehicles believed to be carrying commanders of the Somali-led Al-Qaida affiliate.

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Somalia Says 12 Shebab Killed in Hotel Raids

Somalia's government said Saturday that 12 Shebab militants were killed in Friday evening's raids on two heavily-fortified Mogadishu hotels.

Internal Security Minister Abdirasak Omar Mohamed told reporters that "it was only them (the attackers) who died" in the coordinated suicide strikes.

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