The military claimed it has cleared al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula from several areas in Abyan province. AQAP nearly assassinated Yemen’s defense minister in Abyan; two bodyguards were killed in an IED attack. Security forces killed four AQAP fighters in Zinjibar.
Nine soldiers and six civilians were killed as government troops clashed while looting famine food aid in Mogadishu. Shabaab leaders and fighters gathered in the open to pray and march in Mogadishu.
Days before the Aug. 26 suicide attack on the UN headquarters in the capital of Abuja, police arrested two Boko Haram members and a man with “al Qaeda links who returned recently from Somalia.” On Aug. 18, police had intelligence about a possible car bombing in Abuja.
Heavily armed Shabaab fighters offer prayers and march through the streets of the Somali capital.
The bomber attempted to ram a car packed with explosives into a mosque in Quetta as Shia worshipers celebrated the end of Ramadan.
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