Africa Weekly: Mali insurgents free hostages | AFP

Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse and French and Italian hostages have been freed by jihadist insurgents in Mali after they were kidnapped and held captive — for as long as four years in the case of French aid worker Sophie Petronin. A Kenyan court found two men guilty for their part in aiding Al-Shabaab gunmen who attacked the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013 and athletes Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey both smash track records in Valencia, wearing Nike’s controversial Vaporfly shoes.

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Kenya: two defendants guilty, one acquitted, over Westgate mall attack | AFP

A Kenyan court finds two men guilty for their part in aiding Al-Shabaab gunmen who attacked the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013, killing 67 people. After a trial that began in January 2014, Magistrate Francis Andayi found that Mohamed Ahmed Abdi and Hassan Hussein Mustafa conspired with and assisted the four attackers, who died in a siege claimed by the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda-aligned group. The third accused, Liban Abdullahi Omar, was acquitted of all charges. A fourth accused was previously acquitted in January 2019.

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Militant Somalia: The Fight Against al Shabaab

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Al Shabaab has been a threat to Somalia for almost a decade. In 2013, the group claimed responsibility for the Westgate Mall attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, where 67 people were killed. This signaled a shift in the scope of al Shabaab’s tactics, which until this point had been focused within Somalia, where the group was in control of much of the country.

Over the past few years, with help from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), many cities that were once al Shabaab strongholds were taken back by Somali forces.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Somalia in the wake of AMISOM taking back the coastal city of Barawe — where Ikrima, the man believed to be behind the Westgate attacks, resided — to investigate how al Shabaab evolved from a localized threat to a regional one.

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Militant Somalia: The Fight Against al Shabaab (Trailer)

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Al Shabaab has been a threat to Somalia for almost a decade. In 2013, the group claimed responsibility for the Westgate Mall attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, where 67 people were killed. This signaled a shift in the scope of al Shabaab’s tactics, which until this point had been focused within Somalia, where the group was in control of much of the country.

Over the past few years, with help from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), many cities that were once al Shabaab strongholds were taken back by Somali forces.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Somalia in the wake of AMISOM taking back the coastal city of Barawe — where Ikrima, the man believed to be behind the Westgate attacks, resided — to investigate how al Shabaab evolved from a localized threat to a regional one.

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Watch “Al Shabaab and the Rise of Jihad in Kenya” – http://bit.ly/14elf7P

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Al Shabaab and the Rise of Jihad in Kenya

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A series of bloody attacks has rocked Kenya since the September 2013 Westgate mall massacre in Nairobi that left 67 people dead. Curiously, some recent victims in these attacks have been Muslim sheiks that were associated with al Shabaab, the jihadi group that took credit for the deadly Westgate attack. Even more curiously, all of the high-profile sheik murders have taken place in the same area in Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city.

VICE News headed to Mombasa to speak with Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, the highest profile radical sheik in Kenya, before he was assassinated in April, and to get a close-up view of those living and dying in the crosshairs of a holy war being fought on Kenya’s streets.

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Caught Between Militants and Police: Kenya’s Little Mogadishu

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After the al Shabaab terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the horrific attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2013, which left 67 dead, attention has focused on the neighborhood of Eastleigh. Also known as “Little Mogadishu,” the Nairobi community is known for being the home to many Somali immigrants in Kenya — and is the nest of al Shabaab.

It’s common knowledge that al Shabaab has been running youth recruitment in “Little Mogadishu” since 2009, which has in turn spiraled the area into a police state where no one feels safe.

VICE News headed to Nairobi to look at the lives of the residents of “Little Mogadishu,” who are now fighting to resolve the dire state they live in.

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