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Shebab Rebels Carry Out Series of Deadly Attacks in E. Africa

Monday, 16 Jun 2014 11:12 PM

Somalia's al-Qaida-linked Shebab rebels, blamed for killing 49 people in a Kenyan coastal town on Sunday, have carried out a series of deadly attacks over the past few years in neighboring countries that are also engaged militarily in Somalia.

The militants have lost most of their strongholds in Somalia since being driven from Mogadishu in 2011, but still control swathes of rural territory from where they carry out guerrilla activities and bloody attacks.

 

Kenya

Sunday's attack in the town of Mpeketoni, near the coastal island and popular tourist resort of Lamu, is the most deadly and spectacular since the Shebab-claimed attack and siege on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi on September 21, 2013, which left at least 67 dead.

Kenyan troops crossed into southern Somalia in October, 2011 to fight the Shebab, later joining the now 22,000-strong African Union force there.

For almost three years, Kenya has been the target of numerous attacks blamed on the Shebab and their supporters. The attacks have targeted Garissa in the east, the port city of Mombasa, the coast and Nairobi and its suburbs.

Sunday's attacks brings to at least 77 the number of people killed since the beginning of the year in Kenya in attacks blamed on the Shebab and its supporters.

 

Uganda

On July 11, 2010, a double attacks in Kampala, in two of the capital's restaurants that were screening the final of the soccer World Cup, left 76 dead and more than 80 injured. The Shebab claimed the attack, saying it was in response to Uganda's major role in the AU force, Amisom, which has been fighting it in Somalia since 2007.

 

Djibouti

A bomb attack on a Djibouti restaurant packed with Westerners killed a Turkish national and two suicide bombers, while around 20 Europeans were injured. It was the first attack claimed by the Shebab in Djibouti, whose troops have been part of the AU force fighting the Shebab since 2011.

Ethiopia

 

The Shebab have threatened Ethiopia with retaliation for its military presence in Somalia. Attacks are rare in Ethiopia, but in October 2013, two Somalis were killed by a bomb they were making in Addis Ababa, where an important soccer match was taking place.

 

Somalia

The deadliest attack of recent years was a truck bomb blast at a ministerial complex in Mogadishu in October, 2011 which left at least 82 dead and 120 injured.

© AFP 2017

 
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Somalia's al-Qaida-linked Shebab rebels, blamed for killing 49 people in a Kenyan coastal town on Sunday, have carried out a series of deadly attacks over the past few years in neighboring countries that are also engaged militarily in Somalia.
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