Somalis gather at the scene of a suicide attack which targeted a convoy of African Union troops on September 8, 2014, near the town of Afgoye, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu. AFP PHOTO/ABDULFITA HASHI NOR
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Somali Islamist militants have threatened attacks in East Africa and the United States, warning President Barack Obama he would hear "shocking news" as punishment for a U.S. missile strike that killed the rebel group's leader last week.Al-Shabab made the threats late Monday, hours after launching twin attacks inside Somalia against African peacekeepers and a government convoy. Al-Shabab has staged hit-and-run bomb and gun attacks even as it has lost ground, with Monday's strikes coming shortly after the group named a new leader, Ahmad Umar, who is also known as Abu Ubaidah, to replace Godane.A nurse at a Mogadishu hospital, Halima Ibrahim, said 25 people were being treated – 16 civilians from the first car bomb and nine soldiers from a second attack on a Somali security convoy.
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